News and Analysis (2/20/14)

Some defendants say “they had not been told by Egyptian officials when their trial would start, and not given enough time with their lawyers to prepare or study the evidence against them” and one adds that a although fine physically, “he faced ‘psychologically unbearable’ conditions”:

Iran’s economic goals include “production and export of knowledge-based products”, “domestic production of strategic goods and” development of neighboring markets”, and “privatization and exports of electricity, gas, petrochemical and oil by-products instead of crude oil and other raw materials” …

… while in Egypt, the regime will give police a 30% pay increase so they will continue to repress rather than  join  other workers in their protests:

Seemingly concerned about unintended consequences of the push to overthrow the Asad regime,  the new Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says, “[E]xtremists are actively trying to recruit Westerners, indoctrinate them and see them return to their home countries with an extremist mission” …

… so there’s no wonder that “Obama remains wary of any direct U.S. involvement in the three-year-old civil war”:

The author of The French Intifada says that although Muslim militants in France are united in their “hatred of Jews as a cipher for the French state”, it is the indigenous French for whom “anti-Semitism is a fundamental part of French history and culture in a very damaging way”:

Against government claims to “winning the war” are charges that insurgents are “‘better armed and better motivated’ than the security forces” and “the army has at times taken hours to respond to attacks, allowing the militants to kill, destroy homes, schools and mosques, and loot before retreating”:

Mix an extreme understanding of Islam imported from Saudi Arabia with “the anger of Muslim youth who grew up without job opportunities during Kenya’s war on Islamic extremists, a war that has included alleged torture, disappearances, and assassinations of Muslims, and the situation looks volatile”:

“This sectarian division only deepens inequalities in employment opportunities. Divide-and-rule in the labor market is unacceptable and not appropriate” — Meretz MK Esawi Frej …

… meanwhile, “resettlement of people in Uganda, and perhaps other countries, marks a new phase in Israel’s campaign to rid itself of thousands of Africans who have poured into the country in recent years”:

“Violence broke out after Christian fighters tried to halt the evacuation of Muslims from a camp near the airport”:

“The ringleader of a group of US soldiers who raped an Iraqi girl and murdered her and her family has been found dead in an apparent suicide”:

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