News and Analysis (3/24/15)

“It is one thing for the US and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal US secrets and play them back to US legislators to undermine US diplomacy” — an unnamed senior White House official:

Arab politicians viewed as dishonest Netanyahu’s apology for his offensive comments, made at a gathering at his home to which they were not invited …

… “It is difficult to tell what [liberal Zionists] fear more: the perpetuation of a situation that they increasingly compare to apartheid — or the emergence of a future, single, binational entity that in a trick of history would supplant the Jewish state”:

 

“[S]urveillance reformers have the opportunity to strictly limit the scope of the Patriot Act by refusing ‘clean’ reauthorization of Section 215 of the bill, which has been interpreted to authorize the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance of telephone records, …even more … than is publicly known”:

One lawyer “argues that Tunisia must find room for Salafis. Most aren’t swayed by party politics since they reject democracy outright. But many of those who admit to violence say they were driven in part by feelings of persecution from mainstream society”:

Evidently, at least one Muslim sees nothing wrong with depicting a prophet; but how did Ridley Scott, who said he couldn’t possibly finance  “Exodus: Gods and Kings” with a cast member named Muhammad, manage to finance an Easter special with a Muslim cast as Jesus?

“The specific trajectory of the 2016 U.S. troop drawdown will be established later in 2015 to enable the U.S. troop consolidation to a Kabul-based embassy presence by the end of 2016”:

“In February, the Northern Christian Leaders’ Eagle-Eyes Forum endorsed Buhari, saying the country needs a leader who can protect both Christians and Muslims. The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops have not formally endorsed a candidate but appear to lean that way as well”:

One lawyer “argues that Tunisia must find room for Salafis. Most aren’t swayed by party politics since they reject democracy outright. But many of those who admit to violence say they were driven in part by feelings of persecution from mainstream society”:

“The specific trajectory of the 2016 U.S. troop drawdown will be established later in 2015 to enable the U.S. troop consolidation to a Kabul-based embassy presence by the end of 2016”:

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