News and Analysis (2/17/14)

Why is “a notorious Muslim-basher and conspiracy theorist … who …  claims that the director of the Central Intelligence Agency is a secret Muslim agent for the Saudi government and says that American Muslims ‘do not have a First Amendment right to do anything'” now training law officers?

Do  American objections to a pending trade deal between Russia and Iran provide evidence that Khamenei’s pessimism is justified? …

… and will Iran invade Pakistan over seized border guards being held as ransom to exchange for “300 Sunni prisoners in Iran and its close ally Syria”:

As in a Potemkin Village, the prayer rooms provided to the visiting Muslim athletes less “a symbol of tolerance … [than] a blatant effort to quell dissidence within the Olympic Village, while simultaneously, denying the rights of Sochi’s Muslim residents to practice their faith”:

Calmly professing his innocence, philanthropist Abd al-Wahhab al-Humayqani says, “I don’t have any objections to going on trial here in Yemen to defend myself against any charges — even if it’s from the American Treasury”, but he’d rather be giving advice on how to defeat the terrorists:

“Conservatives in the law-making body had already quashed an earlier effort to water down the legislation, which would have barred forcing relatives to testify rather than any family testimony. The same block could potentially oppose the new changes” …

… meanwhile, a newlywed bride with little sex education turns a Prophetic hadith into a basis for “open communication” that leads to mutual fulfillment:

“Australians offered the intercepts to their allies at the US National Security Agency…. The Australians said that ‘information covered by attorney-client privilege may be included’ in the intelligence they offered to share with the NSA”:

“Hamas has sought to maintain an image of zero-tolerance in the face of corruption, even among senior officials”:

“Turkey’s parliament passed a law giving the government more control over the body which appoints senior members of the judiciary. The issue has divided the ruling party and the main opposition party, and brought politicians to blows”:

The free Syrian army has acknowledged the ineffectiveness of its central command, but the U.S. and Russia blame one another for the stalled peace talks:

It’s not much, but desperate for any good news from Libya, we’ll settle for this:

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