News and Analysis (7/29/19)

MbS promotes a Saudi “strand of ultra-conservatism that preaches absolute obedience to the ruler … as a way of countering … the [Iranian] notion of an Islamic republic that recognizes a degree of popular sovereignty”:

A spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry says, “Intensification of security-policing approaches would not help settle the crisis in Bahrain” that has followed pro-democracy protests of the 2011 “Arab Spring” uprisings:

“Several people have been attacked in India after being forced to say ‘Jai Shri Ram’, which roughly translates to ‘Hail Lord Ram’, a Hindu god,” but police question this boy’s story and accuse him of setting fire to himself:

Giuliani and Bolton embrace the MEK, but Pompeo insists neither he “nor the president have any association with the group” that a State Dept. report called “[s]hunned by most Iranians and fundamentally undemocratic”:

Ahmadis, Christians, and ordinary Muslims are among the victims of the violent backlash against the the so-called Islamic State’s Easter Sunday attacks:

Those arrested by Iran may or may not be among the CIA spies there, but to believe that “the US abhors war and avoids it at all costs” is to forget “Vietnam, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya”:

Many Palestinians are skeptical that Abbas is capable of the “extensive preparations, strategic planning and coordination among the various organizations and institutions” needed to implement his declaration:

Noting that Muhammad’s early followers overcame “their hatred for each other, become united and helped towards the establishment of the great Muslim civilisation” and asks can today’s Muslims not do the same?

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