News and Analysis (1/15/15)

Yemen’s Al Qaeda branch claimed responsibility Wednesday for the deadly assault on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo” but not “for the actions of the third gunman … who killed a policewoman and the four grocery store hostages last week,” a self-described supporter of IS:

“An FBI study looking at terrorism committed on U.S. soil between 1980 and 2005 found that … 42 percent of terror attacks were carried out by Latino-related groups, followed by 24 percent perpetrated by extreme left-wing actors.” Whose fault is it that you didn’t know that?

How does the womam who owns the Arkansas firing range she declared to be a “Muslim free zone” know who is a Muslim? Turning away two Hindus, she demonstartes that it doesn’t matter to her whether she can or not:

“Devout Muslims would not go around calling the prophet names or making pornographic caricatures of the prophet. But there’s a world of difference between saying, ‘I wouldn’t do it, I think it’s religiously bigoted or insensitive,’ and murder” — Khaled M. Abou El Fadl:

The Prophet (peace be  upon him) said Paradise lies at the feet of your mother. For journaist  Jason Rezaian, who has spent six month in Evin Prison freedom may lie there too …

… at the same time, the US “and Iran are expressing hope that nuclear talks can be accelerated in order to meet a March target for a framework agreement, as the countries’ top diplomats met Wednesday ahead of a resumption of full negotiations”:

“The US, Britain and other western governments had all called for the punishment to be dropped but there has been no sign of any diplomatic action against Riyadh” …

… but a blizzard of social media criticism prompts a Saudi cleric to back off his fatwa against snowmen:

“The United States and Iran are expressing hope that nuclear talks can be accelerated in order to meet a March target for a framework agreement, as the countries’ top diplomats met Wednesday ahead of a resumption of full negotiations”

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