News and Analysis (8/21/15)

“This deal isn’t perfect and no one trusts Iran, but it has become clear to me that the world is united behind this agreement with the exception of the government of Israel” — Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo …

… Although most Israelis oppose the nuclear agreement, many are concerned that “the full-throated lobbying efforts by their government to be undermining ties with the country’s most important ally.” Says one, “We exist here because of the US”:

A bigot’s attempt to ban a Muslim woman from an Uber drivers’ Facebook group backfires when the she herself is banned and her principal employer is notified of her “insensitivity”:

Hoping Syrians will overlook Assad’s tyranny because of IS’s atrocities constitutes a revival of the failed cold war policy abandoned in the 1980s “to look the other way when a dictator was brutal in the struggle against communist rebels”:

A common Muslim traditional way of matchmaking is for families to send pictures and biographical sketches to one another “and if two people say they like each other then they go meet each other. It’s the same model without the middleman”:

Israeli authorities worried that the death of the man held without charge “could lead to unrest, but also insisted that his release would only encourage other prisoners to begin hunger strikes to demand their freedom as well”:

“Western governments were unhappy with … [the] Libyan request to lift the embargo, arguing that the supply of heavy weapons would simply enable the Tobruk authorities to launch a new offensive against its Tripoli-based Islamist rival”:

“Current opinion polls suggest that new elections are unlikely to produce a different outcome…. The AKP could even be penalized if voters believe that AKP’s strategy, driven by Erdoğan’s personal ambition, is forcing early elections.”:

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