Archive for January, 2011

News and Analysis (1/17/11)

Monday, January 17th, 2011

As Tunisia forms a new unity government, self-immolations in Egypt and Cairo echo the trigger event that has “deeply shaken one of the Middle East’s most repressive regimes, forcing the president that ruled Tunisia for 23 years to step down“:

The chief of Mossad,  which  “has been accused by Iran of being behind the deaths of several Iranian scientists, told the Israeli Knesset in recent days that Iran had run into technological difficulties that could delay a bomb until 2015. That represented a sharp reversal from Israel’s long-held argument that Iran was on the cusp of success”:

As an Egyptian court hands a death sentence to “a Muslim man for killing six Christians and a Muslim guard last year,” a commentator notes the plight of the Copts is a 20th century phenomenon rooted in the ostensibly “secular” regime of Gamal Abdel Nasser:

At its Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at the Shalom Center in Philadelphia, the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement presented its prestigious “Prophetic Voice Award” to Daisy Khan, wife of Islamic Center mosque imam Feizal Abdul-Rauf,  for her “groundbreaking efforts in the fight for peace, social justice and equality”:

Zahra “likes how American high school academia is based more on critical thinking and reasoning than memorizing facts and subjects” …

… and Mirza reads “the Quran every day alongside her MCAT study books”:

As the future of the oil-rich “region remains to be determined, Abyei is not a safe place for any of its residents or would-be returnees, thousands of whom are camped in Khartoum waiting to move home until security improves”:

As “the Pentagon — frequently derided as having a culture that’s hostile to entrepreneurial thinking and famously inefficient in its spending” professes it intention to build a “culture of business” in Afghanistan:

News and Analysis (1/13/11)

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

The government says that 23 people have died during the protests, but rights groups say there have been at least 35 to 50 deaths. Mr. Ben Ali has called the protesters terrorists”:

The accused policeman will be tried in the controversial “state security courts”:

French suspicion is supported bu audio sent to Reuters:

M.J. Rosenthal marvels at how a man whose support for the IRA was so unequivocal that “”the Secret Service listed him as a threat” now wants to invite “the usual bigots” to “to malign a particular segment of the population, rather than to focus on terrorism itself”:

“The clerics’ names appear in a confession statement delivered to a judge by Muhammad Mumtaz Qadir, the gunman”:

Because it believes that “the Afghan National Army, which is being trained by US forces, is incapable of taking over the challenge”:

“China effectively rejected the invitation and Russia cautioned such a trip could never replace U.N. inspections or talks between Tehran and world powers”:

News and Analysis (1/12/11)

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

“‘Factions agreed to recommit to the national understanding to stop rocket firing,’ as long as Israel stops its air strikes and other attacks, one official said” …

… but Israeli restraint is unlikely as long as the United States continues its “slavish subservience to Israel, as reflected yet again both in the absence of a single brave voice raised against” recognition of a Palestinian state  for a veto of “any effort by Palestine to obtain UN membership”:

“Saad Hariri, refused to convene ministers to discuss how to deal with the naming of suspects in the killing of his father”:

Repression the direct cause of of the public contempt for the regime, and oppression, the real cause of unemployment that has triggered the public protests, are the real problems in Tunisia:

Egypt’s own Jared Lee Loughner, 23-year old Amer Ashour Abdelzaher “was ordered unfit to carry firearms by a medical committee three years ago”:

Documents show that “show that the day before he privately assured Bush he would back US-led military action, Blair was warned by Lord Goldsmith, then attorney general, that an invasion of Iraq would be illegal”:

Residents of four mainly Christian villages in the Barkin Ladi and Riyom districts, who were attacked by suspected Muslim ethnic Fulani rivals, allege troops deployed in the area didn’t respond to their calls for help and even aided the attackers:

“If the first fuel will be ready, goes to the heart of the reactor, then what do we need negotiation (for) … therefore the other side should come to the negotiating table as soon as possible.” — Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Tehran’s nuclear ambassador:

“[C]alls for military force are based on incorrect assertions about what the world would look like if Iran built nuclear weapons”:

News and Analysis (1/10/11)

Monday, January 10th, 2011

The Tucson killings, as well as … countless other ‘senseless’ acts of political violence, show that homicidal maniacs emerge from all kinds of political riptides and psychological hells”:

Returning as a political figure a year earlier than expected Sadr calls “for a share of oil revenues to be distributed to Iraqi citizens, financial help for farmers, and free land to the homeless”:

Among the Egyptians who successfully offered themselves as human shields against attacks on the Coptic Orthodox Christmas celebrations were “movie stars Adel Imam and Yousra, popular Muslim televangelist and preacher Amr Khaled, the two sons of President Hosni Mubarak, and thousands of [ordinary] citizens”:

“We are going to file an objection to the judge’s verdict because the sentence is too light compared to the maximum jail sentence of 15 years according to Saudi law, whereas Sumiati has suffered extraordinary consequences” — Didi Wahyudi (Indonesian Consulate):

Although new converts speak “for their new faith because they are more confident with the language, more certain of their entitlement to be heard, and are less likely to be inhibited by a perception that Muslims are negatively stereotyped in the culture at large, they are not always popular with Muslims, or non-Muslims, when they speak out”:

News and Analysis (1/6/11)

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

The planned troop draw down will be easier if we have more troops to draw down from:

“[H]is supervising officer had written to the Punjab home department saying he should be removed from VIP detail”:

“I liked the way the Muslims students I knew conducted themselves. It’s nice to think about people having one partner for life and not doing anything harmful to their body. … [F]rom there I looked into the Qur’an. I was amazed to see Islam’s big emphasis on science”:

Stephen Walt says veteran administration officials are repeating  their old mistakes in the Middle East negotiations:

“The online Nasim News Agency said Talayan was found with ‘espionage equipment,’ including a recording device supposedly hidden in her teeth.”:

“[N]o stranger to making wildly unsubstantiated claims,” Frank Gaffney tops himself by accusing Grover Norquist of being a secret agent for the Muslim Brotherhood:

Shiela Musaji takes a look at Peter King’s credentials to investigate Muslim radicalism, noting that his past fundraising for the IRA would be illegal under current terrorism statutes:

News and Analysis (1/5/11)

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Taking a leaf from Jews who use their bodies to protect Palestinian homes from Israeli bulldozers:

The governor’s residence “has been the scene of angry street protests in recent weeks against [his] call to repeal blasphemy laws that order death for anyone convicted of insulting Islam”:

Eboo Patel suggests that interfaith relations between Muslims and Evangelical Chrristians should “start with the hand. If we start with the head, we go nowhere because every faith has various points that are irreconcilable with other faiths”:

“Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh” says the return of the militant opponent of U.S. policy from his religious studies in Iran is “positive for political stability”:

“237 of 294” of the terrorist attacks in Europe in 2010 “were carried out by separatist groups …, 40 terrorists schemes were pinned on leftist and/or anarchist terrorists. Rightists were responsible for four attacks….  Islamists? They were behind a grand total of one attack”:

“The complaint came after Stemberger allegedly accused Tarazi of being paid by groups with terrorist ties, a claim the AP said was based solely on information from Facebook and a blog”:

News and Analysis (1/3/11)

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Israel kills a woman protesting a three year delay in compliance with a court order to restore Palestinians’ access to their farmland:

Allegations of al-Qaeda involvement don’t wash away Egypt’s humiliation at the violence against the Copts:

Has Iran embraced the Western hubris of education as a means of social engineering?

The soccer coach for a Muslim girls team “Shinpads and Hijabs” dreams of becoming “he first female, Muslim, formula one racing driver”:

“While members of the two faiths intermarry and live peacefully in much of the country, political, economic and ethnic rivalries often fuel violence between the two faiths”:

The demonstrator served five months on charges of spitting in the face of the occupier:

Tribal divisions between the Misseriya and the Dinka pose yet another obstacle for a peaceful conclusion to the secession referendum Sudan:

No evidence was presented in support of the charge that Iranian air space has been violated: