News and Analysis ( 06/11/14)

“Mosul, the capital of Nineveh Province, is the commercial hub of northern Iraq and a cornerstone of US post-war stability efforts.” Its loss demonstrates the weakness of the Iraqi Army and “casts doubt on the capabilities of the US- trained Iraqi security forces” …

… forcing a mass exodus …

… and “Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki has declared a state of emergency and asked parliament for a declaration of martial law”:

“According to the State Department, there is a 6 percent recidivism rate amongst Guantanamo Bay detainees released by the Obama administration. Under the Bush administration, … recidivism was 18.6 percent. [DoS] attributed the decrease to more stringent standards applied to detainee releases”:

“Protests against Nigeria’s former central bank governor as the country’s second-highest Islamic authority…. There is no automatic father-to-son succession for the position which has few formal constitutional powers but has significant influence over the region’s Muslims”:

According to a GWU professor, the Qur’an’s “teachings are better represented in Western societies than in Islamic countries, which have failed to embrace the values of their own faith in politics, business, law and society.” Malaysia ranks 33rd, “while the only other state in the top 50 is Kuwait at 48”:

“That we respect and honour our pupils’ Muslim faith is a source of pride to me. That this should be used by some politicians and some in the media as a slur that we are inviting extremism should be a source of deep shame to them” — Lee Donaghy, assistant principal of Park View School:

The Ambassador concurred with the delegation when it came to … the Quranic idea that there is no compulsion in religion” but “emphasized that … Sudan’s criminal law of 1991, which was used as the basis for the sentence.[,] … contradicts the constitution of 2005, which guarantees religious freedom”:

Police blame “a faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland, which has been fighting for a separate homeland for the ethnic Bodo people for decades,” but ” in an email to reporters on Saturday the rebel faction denied the charge and blamed the killings on the state government”:

“Maiduguri was long the center of Boko Haram until 2011 when government forces largely cleared the city of its operatives. It now may be seeking to retake the city, which in 2014 had an estimated population of about one million”:

“A separate team of U.N. investigators has drawn up four confidential lists of war crimes suspects on all sides in Syria, but declined to reveal any names”:

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