News and Analysis (10/20/14)

“Boko Haram has not confirmed the truce and there have been at least five attacks since – blamed by security sources on the insurgents – that have killed dozens.” Further,  there are “doubts about the credentials of the reported Boko Haram negotiator …, who was unheard of before”:

“For many Kurds, Ankara’s spectator role in Kobane is a systematic policy to weaken PKK to get more leverage in the peace talks” …

… but despite Turkish opposition, the U.S. supplies the Kurds with arms to fight IS …

… and shortly thereafter Turkey’s FM announced that it “will allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to cross the Syrian border to fight Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobane”:

As “John Baird was greeted warmly by his Saudi Arabian counterpart to discuss coordinated efforts to combat Islamic State militants …, a Saudi court judge decided to pass a death sentence against a leading opposition figure on charges of sedition and ‘breaking allegiance to the king” …

… and the Muslim journalists murdered by IS don’t get the attention of their Western counterparts :

During a “hearing on charges of ‘destroying government property’ after tearing a picture of Bahrain’s king during a protest in 2012,” the 8-months pregnant defendant repeated the act in court, declaring: “I will give birth to a free baby boy even if it is inside our prisons”:

“After returning to the UK her son was questioned by the Metropolitan Police … [and] was also approached by officials from MI5 but she said the contact … ‘made him quite mistrusting, a bit paranoid. Despite this she does not regret her decision to bring her son home”:

“In an effort to lay a stronger political foundation to counter the Islamic State, the Iraqi parliament approved a Sunni Muslim as defense minister, and a Shi’ite as interior minister. Six Kurdish members of the cabinet were also sworn in” …

… but the suicide bombings in Baghdad, mostly claimed by IS, continue …

… “But when it comes to reversing the dramatic IS victories in Sunni areas, some leaders of Iraq’s influential tribes say they could prove a vital counterforce, at least until a proposed Iraqi national guard becomes a reality”:

“Hadzialic became the deputy mayor of the Swedish city Halmstad at the age of 23. Hadzialic was born in 1987 in Bosnia and fled from the Bosnian War with her family when she was five years old”:

Zionists threaten “the Met’s general manager, Peter Gelb” with death because they consider John Adam’s opera about murder of Leon Klinghoffer somehow to be “anti-Semitic.” Rudy Juliani will lead opening night protest demonstrations:

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