News and Analysis (1/17/11)

As Tunisia forms a new unity government, self-immolations in Egypt and Cairo echo the trigger event that has “deeply shaken one of the Middle East’s most repressive regimes, forcing the president that ruled Tunisia for 23 years to step down“:

The chief of Mossad,  which  “has been accused by Iran of being behind the deaths of several Iranian scientists, told the Israeli Knesset in recent days that Iran had run into technological difficulties that could delay a bomb until 2015. That represented a sharp reversal from Israel’s long-held argument that Iran was on the cusp of success”:

As an Egyptian court hands a death sentence to “a Muslim man for killing six Christians and a Muslim guard last year,” a commentator notes the plight of the Copts is a 20th century phenomenon rooted in the ostensibly “secular” regime of Gamal Abdel Nasser:

At its Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at the Shalom Center in Philadelphia, the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement presented its prestigious “Prophetic Voice Award” to Daisy Khan, wife of Islamic Center mosque imam Feizal Abdul-Rauf,  for her “groundbreaking efforts in the fight for peace, social justice and equality”:

Zahra “likes how American high school academia is based more on critical thinking and reasoning than memorizing facts and subjects” …

… and Mirza reads “the Quran every day alongside her MCAT study books”:

As the future of the oil-rich “region remains to be determined, Abyei is not a safe place for any of its residents or would-be returnees, thousands of whom are camped in Khartoum waiting to move home until security improves”:

As “the Pentagon — frequently derided as having a culture that’s hostile to entrepreneurial thinking and famously inefficient in its spending” professes it intention to build a “culture of business” in Afghanistan:

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