News and Analysis (2/24/16)

“Syria’s main opposition group said it has yet to commit to a U.S.-Russian plan to stop fighting in Syria on Saturday, underlining rebel doubts over a deal they fear will not prevent Russian air strikes against them”:

“The order, which Wood’s lawyers posted online, says that Wood ‘made verbal threats against the school’ .. [but] Wood says he never threatened physical harm against the school or its staff”:

“The Academy … has filed a lawsuit against … the company distributing a luxury gift bag to Oscar nominees which includes an all-expenses paid trip to Israel sponsored by the Israeli government” that director Ken Loach calls “crude propaganda”:

“Wednesday on News 18 at Six at 11, Samantha Thieke will take a look at how Muslim women in the community feel about the representation of Islam in America; and how they say their religion empowers them to be better women and Americans”:

“In a separate development, authorities at Cairo’s international airport banned investigative journalist and human rights advocate Hossam Bahgat from leaving the country Tuesday” …

… “Egypt’s president said Wednesday that unfair criticism of the government is contributing to attempts to bring down the state, telling Egyptians not to listen to anyone but him”:

“Days after the anti-Hezbollah act became law, Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah denied that his organization held bank accounts or used banks to transfer money,” saying, ‘there is no need for either the Lebanese central bank or any Lebanese banks to feel fear”:

“It’s just one person that gives us a bad name in the community, but this community is bigger than that. They came together, they are supportive of their neighbors — and that’s what really matters at the end of the day” — Somali-American Muslim Haji Yusuf:

“Of Muslim-American women surveyed in 2008, 59 percent were employed, a greater percentage than women of other faiths, the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies reported”:

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