News and Analysis (1/4/18)

“Afghan and Indian officials applauded Trump’s abrasive comments, but Pakistan’s foreign minister called them a political stunt for domestic consumption, while its foreign office summoned the U.S. ambassador in protest”:

The causes for the Iranian protests are complex, but economic factors seem to be paramount; …

… the international reaction has been mixed, “with Europeans expressing unease at the delighted reaction by U.S. and Israeli leaders,” while “prominent Iranian lawyers … urged Tehran to respect … freedom of assembly and expression;” …

… but “the pressure for reform that keeps building within Iran will never be vented without a transition to a freer society”:

The princess accuses the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice of turning a blind eye to “underage girls … exploited for noisy sex parties involving drug and alcohol abuse”:

Other cases of “Moral policing … include assaults on women for going to bars, attacks on students at a house party, and the beating of a Muslim man for speaking to his Hindu colleague”:

“[T]hreat of harassment, arrest, fines, and suspension – as well as … pressure from advertisers close to the monarchy – has stifled coverage of the government and of citizen protests, including the mostly peaceful demonstrations”:

“[S]peaking out in support of journalists and others who run afoul of the authorities is more the exception than the rule” in Myanmar where reporting on the genocide of the Rohingya will get you prosecuted for “treason”:

The “Muslim women’s rights group … trained these women as qazis … [and] runs empowerment training sessions for women and girls, holds support groups for boys and men, and leads arbitration sessions where family disputes are settled”:

A court in Manhattan convicts a Turkish banker of violating sanctions against Iran. Does this mean that a court in Istanbul can now convict an  American banker of violating sanctions against Israel?

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