News and Analysis (2/1/15)

Rep. Molly White (R-Belton) has the nerve to demand that her American constituents who happen to Muslim pledge allegiance when they have the better right to question her loyalty for placing the flag of a foreign nation (you guessed it: Israel) on her office desk at the Texas state capital:

“Director Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper, who plays real-life sniper Chris Kyle, have yet to comment, though over the weekend Eastwood called Sniper an anti-war film”:

Hamas, “an offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group and repressed” since the military coup against Egypt’s elected President Mohamed Mursi, calls the decision “a political, dangerous decision that serves only the Zionist occupation” …

… “Sisi leveled the accusation despite the fact that a Sinai-based militant group with links to the Islamic State terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the attacks and released photographs as proof. The Brotherhood routinely denounces the Islamic State”:

“In what may have been a unique moment in America, more than 100 women gathered Friday at the interfaith Pico-Union Project. While many mosques continue to follow a tradition of separating women from male congregants, the downtown Los Angeles mosque forbids men from attending”:

“[L]ongtime rodeo announcer Bob Tallman … said Bakhach ‘did a wonderful job’ when giving Sunday’s prayer” and that “there was ‘a beautiful spirit’ in Will Rogers Coliseum Sunday night, and said the blessing went on without a hitch” but the reaction from those not present was another story:

“Correspondents say it is the largest number of Bahrainis to be stripped of their nationality since … an uprising in 2011 in which the Shia majority demanded democratic reforms from the Sunni-led government”:

According to a United States Institute of Peace report, “Extremist groups are increasingly active in the central and northern districts, disrupting the pluralistic culture that has long defined the province”:

“Jordan renewed an offer Sunday to swap an al-Qaida prisoner for a fighter pilot held captive by the Islamic State group, a day after a video purportedly showed the militants beheading a Japanese hostage.” At the time of the original offer IS “didn’t say … if they were considering such a deal”:

“The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again”:

“We do not want a war but we are not afraid of it and we must distinguish between the two, and the Israelis must also understand this very well. “We have the right to respond in any place and at any time and in the way we see as appropriate” — Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah:

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