News and Analysis (4/24/18)

Inspectors will need weeks to analyze samples for evidence of gas or chemical release. “That means there is very little chance President Trump had ‘slam dunk’ evidence that Assad used gas in Douma earlier this month when he decided to launch a military attack on Syria” — Ron Paul:

“Plaintiff has failed to show that the right to movement is a liberty interest that is protected under the Constitution, particularly where, as here, Plaintiff has been able to travel, albeit inconveniently” — U.S. District Judge Dee Benson:

The Aurora Public Library has a right to decide what it will or will not display, but the decision to pull a philosophy professor’s poem mocking the ignorance of Islamophobes, clearly labelled “satire,” will surely fuel the claim that Muslims have no sense of humor:

An expert on “disinformation campaigns in the European Union” says Gatestone is “putting out content that was clearly anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and was echoing some of the Russian disinformation propaganda” being spread by internet trolls and on social media”:

“I’m not asking for your permission; I’m asking for your support” — Hassan Minhaj on how to deal with “the white gatekeepers of the entertainment industry”:

“[T]he mistreatment of those suffering from today’s atrocities is simply not in line with my Jewish values” — Natalie Portman clarifying why she refuses to accept a prize from a foundation that blames Hamas for the violence being inflicted upon Gazan civilians by the Israeli government:

If the Saudis and Iranians were to debate their differences honestly, the discussion might go something like this:

France’s refusal to grant citizenship to woman who elects not to be touched by a strange man is not only discrimination (against both women and Muslims), but a violation of the liberal Western conception of personal space and an echo of the colonization of Algeria:

“In 2015, some 27.8 percent of Egyptians lived under the poverty line of $60 per capita per month…. Due to recent inflation and austerity measures, economic experts believe the poverty rate now stands at 35 to 40 percent of the population – as many as 38 million people”:

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