News and Analysis (8/22/18)

With the transfer of the Iran portfolio to Brian Hook (“John Bolton’s man in the State Department”), the “Iran Action Group” might as well be renamed the “Iran Coup Squad,” but it reflects administration doubts about prospects of its Iran policy: 

“During Eid al-Adha , Muslims commemorate Prophet Abraham’s sacrifice by slaughtering an animal such as a sheep, cow or goat. The meat is then given away to friends, family and those in need”:

The head of the “Tarrant County party’s finance committee …  called [Shafi] a patriotic conservative” but Republican Sara Legvold wants him removed because he’s “a practicing. Mosque-attending muslim” (sic):

“The EU has vowed to counter Trump’s renewed sanctions on Iran, including by means of a new law to shield European companies from punitive measures”:

“Sentencing someone to 18 months in prison for something so trivial is a stark illustration of the increasingly arbitrary and repressive application of the blasphemy law in the country” — AI’s executive director for Indonesia:

The founder of  MuslimGirl is “the first veiled Muslim woman to be named to the Forbes 30 under 30 in media”:

“The head of Iran’s nuclear agency, Ali Akbar Salehi, was quoted by state TV on Wednesday as saying British experts would fill in for the American ones”:

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