News and Analysis (2/23/1)

Qaddafi’s biggest blunder may be employing foreign troops against his own people; it backfired in Somalia and it is backfiring in Libya:

In “protest at violence used to quell demonstrations calling for the president to quit”:

“[A]s far as I know, the Muslim Brotherhood is worried that some of its young members might join our party. They are trying to preempt that [by naming their party the “Freedom and Justice Party]…. And they have all the right to form a party. May God help them” — Abouel Ela Madi, founder of the Wasat Party:

As young journalists demand women’s rights and Islamists call for more democracy, the Saufiking instead offers “a 15 percent raise for state employees, funds to curb inflation, and more money for housing loans and studying abroad”:

Muslim counterparts to Terry Jones demonstrate why it is wrong to offend things others hold sacred, but unlike Jones, they face prosecution for their offensiveness:

The ACLU/CAIR case hinges on a disgruntled FBI ex-employee whose “relationship soured with the FBI in 2007, when he came under investigation for a grand theft case:”

Surviving “weeks of protests after Vastanvi made comments that appeared to praise a Hindu nationalist politician loathed by Muslims,” the reformer is vindicated:

BBC reports that the pirates deny the Navy’s claim that they launched a rocket-propelled grenade that missed the U.S. ship:

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