News and Analysis (9/24/15)

“It was the second major disaster during this year’s Hajj season, raising questions about the adequacy of measures put in place by Saudi authorities to ensure the safety of the roughly two million Muslims taking part in the annual religious event” …

… the “Saudi health minister … earlier pointed a finger of blame at the dead, saying the pilgrims had been undisciplined and not followed movement instructions, but the witnesses disagreed.” One said that “police had closed all entrances and exits to the pilgrims’ camp, leaving only one”:

While the Pope expresses solidarity with Muslims,  boy-genius Bobby Jindal echoes Ben Carson saying that he will only consider voting for a Muslim who would “put his hand on the Bible: i taking th eoath office:

“[W]hat if someone told you that you couldn’t become president because of your color? What if someone told you that you couldn’t become president because of your race? What if someone told you that you couldn’t become president because of your faith? And that’s what you did to me”:

“It’s important for me because it’s my way of representing myself as a Muslim. And also I’d be showing that I think I can perform just as well as someone who’s wearing half the clothes that I’m wearing”:

Although “50 parents, students, faculty and community members spoke against Nichols, and only two supported him, … he stands by his earlier statement that he didn’t post the comment disparaging the sanitary habits of Muslims and also said he won’t name the person who used his phone to do so”:

“[A]fter he was seen reading a textbook titled ‘Terrorism Studies’ in the campus library”, the student “in the terrorism, crime and global security master’s program was approached by an official who ‘grilled him about his views on homosexuality, the Islamic State and al Qaeda'”:

“No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. However, Saudi Arabia has seen a series of recent assaults claimed by affiliates of the extremist Islamic State group. The kingdom is taking part in a U.S.-led coalition targeting the militants in Syria and Iraq”:

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