News and Analysis (10/16/14)

The Saudi sentence of “dissident Shiite cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr to death … for leading demonstrations and ‘inciting sectarian strife'” and death sentences against “at least 5 other Shiite activists … illustrates a problem for the US strategy for taking on the so-called Islamic State in Iraq”:

“[T]here is no such thing as a Muslim pope, there is no such thing as a Muslim Vatican. No one gets to tell you who is and who is not a Muslim”, even when they betray the teachings:

“[I]t may come as a shock to some—and really freak out others on the right—to discover that in various places across the United States, politicians are actually courting support from the Muslim community in terms of both votes and money. And the kicker is—some of the candidates are even Republicans”:

“Army sergeant who suffered mustard burns in 2007 … was denied hospital treatment and medical evacuation to the United States despite requests from his commander. Congress, too, was only partly informed, while troops and officers were instructed to be silent or give deceptive accounts”:

“The statement by the 52-year-old Narendra Tyagi comes two days after the girl ran away from her parents with her Muslim lover and claimed that her family had forced her to give false statements of gang-rape and forcible conversion against him”:

“The Sept. 26 clash at the university started after a left-wing group put up a poster in the main hall of the Department of Literature denouncing the killings carried out by ‘IS gangs,’ said Korkut and others. In the early afternoon, masked men came to deliver an ultimatum: Take the poster down, or else”:

“Syrian Kurdish official said the KRG had sent a ‘symbolic’ arms shipment, but that it had not reached Kobani because Turkey would not open the transit corridor sought by the Syrian Kurds to allow them to reinforce the town” …

… yet, even so, observers say the that the part of Kobane controlled by IS has dropped from about 40% to less than 20%:

Rejecting the Dalai Lama’s appeal “to stop instigating attacks against Muslim minorities that have killed scores”, leaders of Buddhist terrorist “groups announced an alliance to make common cause against Muslims”:

“Both sides said they still aimed to meet the self-imposed Nov. 24 date, despite doubts among many experts that they can reach a full agreement to end a decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear programme with just a few weeks remaining”:

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