News and Analysis (2/27/16)

“[T]he House Judiciary Committee passed a Republican-authored bill approvingly citing Hafez al-Assad’s 1980 crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood — which culminated in the 1982 Hama massacre, a mass killing of civilians that indirectly presaged the current civil war”:

A “Palestinian journalist who has being held for more than six months in administrative detention without charge or trial in an Israeli prison, ended a 94 day hunger strike … after Israel agreed not to renew his administrative detention order, which ends on May 21”:

What they feared Morsi would do, the Sisi regime does with impunity. And last week “an Egyptian military court ‘mistakenly’ sentenced a three-year-old boy to life in prison for murdering three people“: …

… yet “despite years of upheaval, a struggling economy, and increasing repression under … al-Sisi, Egypt’s start-up sector is thriving” as the movement to do business without “bribes and being close to government, and kickbacks” that started after Mubarak’s removal persists:

“The businessman was on a list published last month by the official Islamic Republic News Agency and the Tabnak website of four prisoners to be freed in a prisoner exchange with the United States. His name was later withdrawn from the list with no explanation”:

Friday’s polls for the parliament and the assembly of experts – its role is to choose the Islamic Republic’s clerical supreme leader – were extended for nearly six hours due to a turnout that was estimated to have been around 70% … likely [to] favour the reformist-moderate camp”:

“[T]he number of supporters from the interfaith community who lined up to shield them from taunts far outnumbered those who accused them of violence and terrorism”:

Researchers  find evidence that “[f]or centuries, Muslims and Christians co-existed in parts of Europe, lived side-by-side, worked together, and died together” and that Muslim rulers in southern France practiced “a kind of protection for the main religious faiths”:

“Israel’s law ‘creates three tracks of naturalisation‘: the highest track for Jews … and the lowest track for ‘Palestinian/Arab/Muslim spouses of Palestinian citizens of Israel who are prohibited from entry for the purpose of family unification”:

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