News and Analysis (2/29/16)

“Based on experience, they cannot take big steps because of the greater influence of hard-liners in the government, however I feel happy” — Aida Ghorbani, advertising and PR firm employee:

He quickly expressed sympathy for students who died in a car crash, victims of the San Bernadino shootings, victims of the Roanoke shootings, an Indiana aid worker beheaded by ISIS, and victims of the November Paris attacks, but this time his silence speaks volumes:

“There is no credible evidence that MB affiliates are engaged in violence…. Designating the MB as an FTO breaks ranks with all democratic allies and aligns the United States with Russia, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Syria…. Daesh emerged … after the crushing of the Arab Spring”:

He wouldn’t repent for challenging Saudi’s peculiar version of Islam” which is held by only 3% of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims. “The Saudi government typically represses worship from non-Muslims, as well as Muslims” following other schools of Islamic thought:

“Hesham Gaafar says he and the others are being mistreated and denied basic needs and visitation rights in the maximum security ward of Cairo’s Tora prison”:

Only months after a ruling that Pakistan’s “blasphemy laws should not be considered beyond criticism,” the murderer of the liberal governor who denounced blasphemy the conviction of a poor Christian woman has himself been killed in a secret execution of questionable legality:

“Although most Libyans were moderate Sunni Muslims … [i]n order to overthrow Qaddafi in 2011, the U.S. and NATO states worked hand-in-glove with Libyan and imported foreign Muslim fundamentalists including elements of Al Qaeda and Salafists”:

The school district does not want allegations released of “discipline of students on the basis of race, religion and national origin.” Although “a charge of having a hoax bomb was dropped against 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, … the teen was suspended after the September incident”:

“[S]even or eight people who held her down and repeatedly hit her at a Minnesota party caucus in 2014, … [but] she is returning to that same district caucus as a candidate on Tuesday … [seeking to become] the first Muslim, east African woman to hold elected office in the US”:

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