News and Analysis (8/31/18)

Worse than cutting off aid to the Palestinians is the effort to strip Palestinians of their refugee status to undermine their inalienable “right of return”:

Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail refuses to condone the LGBT cause, but stands by their “right to exist in Malaysia if they keep their ‘practice’ behind closed doors”:

“[W]ith the crash of the rial, Iranians are using gold for more everyday payments, most notably rent”:

A veteran diplomat says, “U.S. governments should have learned from past experiences that an effort to squeeze an enemy government, strangle its economy, and isolate it from the world rarely works, especially when the desired end remains unclear and deeply contested”:

“Federal officials are investigating whether Farmersville violated the law by banning the religious use of the land” …

… while in Virginia Spotsylvania County had revised rules for cemeteries’ proximity to private wells and drinking water sources. By increasing the distance from 100 feet to 900 feet, the revision effectively barred the property’s use as a cemetery:

“His comments come after the Nobel committee said Ms Suu Kyi would not be stripped of the prize she was awarded in 1991 for campaigning for democracy, despite a UN report concluding Myanmar’s army had carried out genocide against the Rohingya people”:

“The unjust trials of over 200 Dervishes is one of the largest crackdowns against a religious minority in Iran in a decade” — Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch …

… and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was not among the 615 prisoners Ayatollah Khamenei has “pardoned or reduced the sentences for … as part of … Eid Qorban and Eid Qadir” holidays:

“One of the big problems in this case is all the ancillary, inflammatory allegations, when really this case always should have been about a dead four-year-old,” said Tom Clark, an attorney for Ibn Wahhaj. “State prosecutor Timothy Hasson declined to comment”:

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