News and Analysis (6/9/14)

“[A]ccounts by two Taliban sources as well as several U.S. officials and fellow soldiers raise doubt over media reports that he had sought to join the Taliban, and over suggestions that the deaths later that year of six soldiers in his battalion were related to the search for him” …

… but even though Bergdahl has yet to be charged with anything, terrorists are already threatening his family …

… and the Guantanamo prisoners released for his return, also never charged with anything, aren’t out of the woods either:

“The recent murder of a 26-year-old hardware and networking engineering Mohsin Shaikh led to riot-like situation in Hadapsar. However, the local Muslims living in Sayyad Nagar have vouched to protect the Hindu households residing in the area”:

The latest death sentences … come on the same day outgoing interim President … issued a decree … that “only designated specialists at the Ministry of Religious Endowments and authorized preachers from … Al-Azhar shall be permitted to practice public preaching and religious lessons in mosques or … public places”:

An investigation for insulting Morsi briefly interrupted his career as a satirist in 2013, but in the face of a military coup “sent tens of thousands … activists to prison” , Youssef has stepped down for good, citing “few details but allud[ing] to ‘harassment’ and other pressures on him and his broadcaster, MBC Masr”:

“The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for an attack on Karachi airport in revenge for their late leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone strike in November. The … military said that at least 24 people – including all 10 attackers – had been killed”:

“Nigeria’s ousted central bank governor, Lamido Sanusi, was named Emir of Kano on Sunday, making an outspoken government critic one of the most influential leaders in the largely Muslim north”:

“‘When they went to mainstream shelters … some said it was as if their identity had been stolen. They preferred to go back to their abusive husbands.” Traditional shelters … posed language barriers and were ill-equipped to meet needs such as a diet free of the pork products that Islam forbids, or a space … to pray”:

“Perhaps, it is a blessing in disguise that the grandniece of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad — who fought diligently for the upliftment of disadvantaged people throughout his life — will be at the helm of a concerted effort to bring the socially and economically laggard segment of Muslim community”:

“[I]n the first official Iranian presidential visit to Turkey since 1996[,] …Rouhani is expected to sign agreements with Turkey aimed at improving ties that have been strained over the war in Syria, where Iran backs the government and Turkey the rebels”:

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