News and Analysis (4/8/18)

“Jaish al-Islam accused the Syrian government of carrying out a chemical attack on Douma that a medical relief organization and rescue workers say killed dozens of people. The government has denied carrying out any such attack” …

… but as with last year’s “cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base last year in response to a sarin gas attack in northwestern Syria blamed on Assad” Trump is eager to act without determining who is responsible for this chemical attack:

“[W]hat can be done against this collective dumbing-down of an entire faith[?] Patiently repeating points and examples from history – in the manner of explaining something difficult but obvious to an eight-year old child – does not seem to go very far in combating a million views on Youtube”:

“‘Mr. Pompeo has left a trail of horrific, inaccurate, bigoted statements and associations vis-à-vis Muslims around the world,’ said … a former director of the State Department’s office of religion and global affairs…. Islamic and Jewish groups have raised similar concerns about John R. Bolton”:

A tattooed man attacked a nurse in Texas “returning home from her night shift at a hospital who “exited his red SUV … and went after the woman with racist slurs and a knife.” She was able to escape when the wound he inflicted into her arm spattered “blood into his eyes and mouth”:

Journalists investigating “the killing of 10 Rohingya … during an army crackdown that has sent nearly 700,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh” said “they were arrested almost immediately after being handed some rolled up papers … by two policemen they had not met before”:

“A local start-up company founded last year, OneGram, is issuing a gold-backed cryptocurrency – part of efforts to convince Muslims that investing in cryptocurrencies complies with their faith”:

“The government has said it plans to sell about 5 percent of Aramco, hoping to raise some $100 billion or more in what is likely to be the world’s biggest initial public offer”:

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