Archive for October, 2012

News and Analysis (10/9/12)

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

“We want to give a message to America that the more you carry out drone attacks, the more people will hate you,” says Imran Khan, while leading thousands to a protest against drone strikes; a statement that demonstrates why anti-American sentiments sell in Middle East politics:

The women’s mosques and female imams estimated to be in the hundreds “are important because their endurance in China offers a vision of an older form of Islam that has inclusiveness and tolerance, not marginalization and extremism, at its core, the scholars say”:

“American Muslims, polls also reveal, will be critical for the victory of either Obama or Romney in at least three states; namely, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Florida. But in already-decided states, like the blue state of New Jersey, the community has flexed its political muscle in not only local races but also in congressional battles”:

“[A]rmy commanders say they lack the firepower to capture the militiamen”:

Pat Buchanan asks: “If Iran advances ideas to demonstrate convincingly that it has no weapons program, but insists on what President Obama said he supports — Iran having a peaceful nuclear program under U.N. inspection — will America accept that?”

All three islands are strategically located. A treaty signed by the late, deposed shah gives Iran rights over Abu Musa, but the “UAE insists [the other two islands] belonged to the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah until [the shah] captured them by force days before the UAE statehood in 1971”:

“All felony convictions or attempted crimes ‘committed to support the revolution and its goals’ were to be pardoned, the decree stated, with the exception of murder cases”:

“He told a judge that he denied charges that he conspired with US nationals to set up a terrorist training camp in the state of Oregon” just before she “set a [trial] date of 26 August 2013”:

News and Analysis (10/6/12)

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

The breakthrough agreement to end a 40-year war by creating a new autonomous region is threatened by a dissenting breakaway rebel faction and by powerful regional clans that “may fear a loss of political influence”:

“Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Darrell Issa claim the Benghazi consulate sought more security before the deadly attack. They also both voted to cut the State Department’s embassy security budget”:

“The Muslim Brotherhood led more than 15,000 chanting protesters through central Amman Friday demanding an end to corruption and far-reaching political reforms to give Jordanian voters a bigger role in shaping the country’s future”:

“If democracy is to be born in the Muslim world, religious political parties will be the midwives”:

“The judges said there was an “overwhelming public interest” in seeing the extradition carried out and that there was no reason the controversial imam could not find adequate treatment in the U.S. for his ailments, including depression and diabetes” …
… but BAbu Hamza may iot be the only one to rue this devleopment:

An “ad by Rabbis for Human Rights turns the language of the earlier ad, placed by a pro-Israel group, on its head” saying “In the choice between love and hate, choose love. Help stop bigotry against our Muslim neighbors”

News and Analysis (10/4/12)

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

The Turkish parliament endorses military action but, as Syria apologizes, denies that a state of war exists:

“Documents detailing weapons collection efforts, emergency evacuation protocols, the full internal itinerary of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’s trip and the personnel records of” Libyan security contractors may have been among items taken before “the gates to the Benghazi compound were locked several days after the attacks”:

Reports of democracy in Libya may be premature:

“The longest sentence, five years, went to Ali al-Ekry, formerly the senior medic at Salmaniya Medical Complex, the largest hospital in Bahrain. He was convicted of “possession and concealment” of weapons and ‘illegal assembly'” but “wide international attention, and that’s what is making my government reluctant to implement the verdict”:

After watching the Presidnetial debate a Muslim asks, “If you are standing in front of a vat of acid or a vat of lava, which one do you jump into?”

“A day earlier, the Associated Press reported that representatives of Sri Lanka’s minority Muslim community also condemned the violence and demanded that authorities punish those responsible”:

“Muslim liberals … don’t show up on your TV screen because they don’t riot. But they’re making a case for greater tolerance”:

“Jordan’s government has claimed that the elections emerge from reforms that spared Jordan the Arab Spring uprisings that have toppled four Mideast rulers so far. Critics charge that the … reforms to do not go far enough in neutralizing distortions that ensure parliamentary strength for the supporters of King Abdullah II or curtail his absolute powers”:

Alleging “severe abuses, including torture of detainees, arrests without warrants, forced confessions, unfair trials and mock executions,” the “leading international rights group released a 43-page report on Wednesday and called on the militant Hamas group to reform its various security forces”:

News and Analysis (10/3/12)

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Researchers argue “that the roots of Muslims’ lagging performance may be attributed to institutional differences that go back to the British colonial period. In doing so, they discount conventional explanations including the supposed ‘conservatism and insularity” of Islam”:

“The force is supposed to police dress codes and religious observance. But there has been growing anger among Saudis at examples of aggressive behaviour by the ‘mutawa'”:

Contradicting Ahmadinejad’s attempt to blame others for Iran’s currency cirsis, Hilary Clinton observes, “They have made their own government decisions – having nothing to do with the sanctions – that have had an impact on the economic conditions inside of the country”:

“A female contender for [Morsi’s old] leadership position of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm said she wouldn’t rule out an eventual presidential bid”:

“Working with the Pentagon and the C.I.A., the command is preparing the dossiers as the first step in anticipation of possible orders from President Obama to take action against those determined to have played a role in the attack on a diplomatic mission in the eastern city of Benghazi”:
 “Turkey will never leave unanswered such kinds of provocation by the Syrian regime against our national security” — Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan:

“The deaths in Meit Ghamr and other reports of abuse by the police have raised concerns that Egypt’s new government, hoping to fill the security vacuum after the uprising last year, has been content to bring back an unreformed police force that is continuing old patterns of repression”:

“Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir … described the attacks as a ‘premeditated and deliberate attempt’ to disrupt communal harmony”:

“Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, is sitting in jail in downtown Los Angeles … for allegedly violating the terms of his probation through his actions surrounding the film’s production … [not] because of the content of his movie”:

News and Analyisis 9/30/12

Monday, October 1st, 2012

“Information released by the US spy agency, the CIA, has revealed that because of its many undesirable side effects, scopolamine had been disqualified as a truth drug. It listed its most disabling side effects as hallucinations, disturbed perception, headaches, rapid heartbeat, and blurred vision”:

“Bahrain’s highest court has upheld prison sentences for nine medical personnel convicted for their role in anti-government protests last year,” accused “of siding with protesters from Bahrain’s Shiite majority, which is seeking a greater political voice in the Sunni-ruled nation”:

Rioters “blamed the photo on a 25-year-old local Buddhist, though it was not immediately clear if he actually posted the photo”:

“Addressing thousands of party members and regional leaders at a congress of his Justice and Development (AK) Party, Erdogan said the era of military coups in the nation of 75 million people was over”:

The “the UN is turning a blind eye to its own” resolutions against “the defamation of religions, religious symbols, venerated persons, and even an insult to Islam and the Muslims”:

A ban prompted by the contriversy over the Islamophobic video “sparked a slew of complaints from Internet users and officials in Iran”:

“There are widespread worries among Egyptians that Morsi and the Brotherhood have amassed too much power, holding executive and legislative authorities as well as dominating the process of writing the next constitution”:

A series of clips highlighting the selective approach of the media to events in the Muslim world; insults against women stir as much protest as the notorious Muhammad-bashing film:

“Authorities have stressed they were not investigating the making of the film itself, and prosecutors said Nakoula was in custody facing eight probation violation accusations. They did not list the violations but said he had used aliases and could face up to 24 months behind bars if he is found at a later hearing to have violated terms of his release”: