News and Analysis (11/25/13)

The nuclear deal with Iran, its substance, its benefits and risks, its malcontents, and its secret history:

“Egypt’s interim president issued a new law Sunday banning public gatherings of more than 10 people without prior warning, imposing hefty fines and jail terms for violators in a bid to stifle the near-constant protests roiling the country. The law is more restrictive than regulations used under the rule of autocract Hosni Mubarak”:

“The 21st conference of the Council of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA) concluded with a unanimous call to stop Muslim bloodshed irrespective of sect. The resolution said that sectarian killing is strictly unlawful, as it violates the sanctity of Muslim blood”:

“Hamas has denied the charges against them, arguing that the documents are forged, instead blaming the Egyptian media for launching ‘a propaganda war’ against the group”:

“It was my mother who first helped me read poetry when I was little. My dad convinced me …. to talk about something with value,” says the modestly attired winner of “Arab’s Got Talent” …

… while Turkish soap operas show Middle Eastern viewers “a woman like themselves, who is Muslim, who is religious, who is traditional, but on the other hand is modern and I think this is who they want to be, who they aspire to be”:

The American backed regime wants to limit the Qur’anic punishment for extra-marital to those guilty of premarital sex and to reintroduce the Old Testament punishment of stoning to death for married offenders:

Responding to charges that police have investigated only seventy of the 1432 reported cases a representative of the Association of Chief Police Officers “said some forces had problems keeping on top of the sheer number of reports coming in and, because many social media companies were based in the US, there were also difficulties in securing evidence”:

A Saudi court has sentenced one man to death and another 19 to jail terms ranging from 18 months to 25 years for taking part in storming the U.S. consulate in Jeddah in 2004, killing nine, one of a series of al Qaeda attacks last decade”:

As Turkey becomes more democratic and Egypt returns under the thumb of the military, the chill between the gets colder:

 

 

 

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