News and Analysis (9/27/10)

A Ph.D. student explains the foreign policy establishment’s handicap in “forecasting religiously inspired events (the Iranian revolution), identifying hostile actors (al-Qaeda and its ilk), and developing constructive partnerships (Ayatollah Sistani in Iraq, among others). We need to understand and respect religion, as it forms the beating heart of the countries we are trying to engage”:

A teacher says the ban “attests primarily to narrow-mindedness and an unwillingness to explore new modes of thinking”:

For 82-year-old Reuven Moskovitz it’s his a “sacred duty” as a [Holocaust] survivor “to protest against the persecution, the oppression and the imprisonment of so many people in Gaza, including more than 800,000 children”:

A superhero with a disability: “a Muslim boy who lost his legs in a landmine accident and later becomes the Silver Scorpion after discovering he has the power to control metal with his mind”:

“All groups — Sindhi, Pakhtun, Baloch, Seraiki and Punjabi – should get an equal share in [blame for] corruption,” says Abdul Qayum Jatoi, the now resigned Minister for Defense Production:

The election must proceed “without any coercion or diktat and in an atmosphere of integrity and transparency” — Vice President Ali Osman Taha

“Muslims fought imperial armies, not civilians, and were forbidden to harm non-combatants or destroy property”:

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