News and Analysis (11/4/13)

Not content with banning the Muslim Brotherhood and putting the winner of the presidential election on trial …

… Egypt attempts a complete takeover of religion banning independent places of Muslim worship and requiring “state sanction to preach” …

… and freedom of expression doesn’t fare much better than freedom of religion when the man called Egyt’s Jon Stewart “mocked the military fever now gripping Egypt, and poked fun at military chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Military supporters immediately filed legal complaints against the show” …

Yet Kerry is optimistic about democracy in Egypt …

… but then Kerry is eager to improve ties with a country that prosecutes a woman for driving to the hospital in a medical emergency:

This is not just the killing of one person. It’s the death of all peace efforts” — Pakisani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan:

“[T]he main armed groups in the area — Syrian government forces, rebels and the local militias of Sednaya, the Christian town near the statue site — halted fire while organizers set up the statue”:

“According to the Israeli army, the Artillery Corps crashed due to a technical malfunction…. Al-Aqsa TV and the news agency al-Rai however report that Hamas militants shot down the Israeli drone. Israeli army officials said the incident was being investigated”:

“[L]ong before George Orwell popularised the expression ‘war is peace’ … Zionism understood well that its colonial strategy depended on a deliberate and insistent confusion of the binary terms ‘war’ and ‘peace’, so that each of them hides behind the other …: ‘Peace’ will always be the public name of a colonial war, and ‘war’ … the principal means to achieve the sought after ‘peace'”:

The co-founder of the Center for Human Rights Defenders “stopped eating on his 60th birthday on Saturday to protest about the lack of medical care for himself and other dissidents jailed in Tehran’s infamous Evin prison”:

“Diplomats “are on a difficult mission and nobody should weaken those who are on assignment,” the official IRNA news agency quoted Khamenei, who has final say on all matters of state, as telling a group of students”:

“[A] growing divergence of views over … [Erdogan’s ]handling of last summer’s violent street protests, and over what Gul calls Turkey’s ‘democratic deficit’ and the ‘normalisation’ of Islamic values within Turkey’s secular constitutional framework, has prompted suggestions that the men who have dominated Turkey’s democratic Islamic revivalzz “may soon turn on each other”:

“Some people there support independence and some do not. Mostly, those who support it are unsatisfied because they are poor”:

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