News and Analysis (9/23/13)

Kenyan forces fight to take back Westgate Mall from the al-Shabab terrorists and the expansion of civilian targets, denounced by Muslim leaders, raises concerns over security at commercial malls: 

“An Egyptian court on Monday banned the Muslim Brotherhood from carrying out any activities in the country and ordered the seizure of the group’s funds, widening a campaign to debilitate the Islamist movement of deposed President Mohamed Mursi” …

… while the anti-Brotherhood committee revising the constitution hopes that reducing or removing the public’s ability to vote for political parties will prevent the the Brotherhood from leveraging its popularity into votes:

So far Syria is meeting its commitments, but the rebels inside Syria remain opposed to the rising momentum outside the country for a  negotiated solution, and Assad worries the rebels may prevent inspectors from doing their job:

“[M]ore than 20 young men on bikes who called him a terrorist and shouted “Get Osama!” Singh, who was saved when passersby intervened, was left with injuries including a fractured jaw”:

“Two Islamist militant groups with Taliban links said they ordered the attack to hit back at US drone strikes. Political and religious leaders condemned the attack, but angry crowds nevertheless took to the streets, denouncing the state’s failure to protect minorities”:

Why did Front Page take laziness to a new level by panning “The Muslims Are Coming” after seeing a trailer, without bothering to watch the movie? Co-dirwector Dean Obeidallah says it is because “[t]he people who literally make their living demonizing Muslims … want you to be angry. They don’t care if it’s angry with Muslims or angry with them…. What they don’t want is you laughing at them. That undermines their credibility“:

“The project’s goal is to produce a 25-minute pilot that could lead to a full-length series on the History Channel or another cable network about the life of the warrior-sultan who defeated the European crusaders and recaptured Palestine in the 1100s”:

Netanyahu’s insistance that “the latest signs of moderation by Iran are merely a ploy, the Israeli leader risks finding himself isolated as the international community, including President Barack Obama, tentatively engage the new Iranian president, Hasan Rouhani”:

“Ani Zonneveld, cofounder and president of Muslims for Progressive Values,” claims that “Islam is not intrinsically homophobic” saying that “there are progressive Muslim communities that are totally accepting, while among traditional ones, the attitude is more  ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ but is beginning to shift to a more inclusive stance'”:

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