News and Analysis (6/7/11)

With the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party finally legalized, the secular opposition should stop trying to postpone democracy and learn from the MB’s ability to organize support in adverse conditions instead of whining about it:

As Bahrain’s crown prince visits the White House, a horrific story of torture emerges …

… “Bahrain’s takeover of medical services following widespread anti-government protests …  many argue effectively is denying medical care to many of the Shiite Muslim majority on the island”:

A “key figure behind the initiative to ban circumcision” openly displays his bigotry, as defenders of individual rights denounce the “affront to medical science, to the sacred relationship between physicians and the moms and dads with whom they are making this choice, and … would undermine the constitutional right to the free exercise of religion”:

Critics of Malaysia’s Obedient Wives’ Club worry that its tenets, while not unreasonable, are unbalanced and might perpetuate “ignorance of Muslim women’s rights and their ability to exercise them;” the Qur’an urges women “to think, to question, to learn. A wife, in Muslim teachings, is the leader of the home and her family within”:

“The violence underscores fears of increasing instability in the Arab world’s most impoverished country days after President Ali Abdullah Saleh left for neighboring Saudi Arabia to seek treatment for wounds he suffered Friday in a rocket attack on his compound in … the Yemeni capital”:

Perhaps more Stephen Colbert than Jon Stewart,the heart surgeon turned humorist is out to prove that even “after the revolution … Egypt is still pretty hilarious”:

As the U.N. considers “creating separate terrorism blacklists for al-Qaida and the Taliban” to spur possible Afghan peace talks,” “counter-intelligence officials believe” Pakistani Taliban threats to avenge the bin Ladin assassination are exaggerated, despite their links “to two overseas failed attacks” including the “bomb in Times Square last year”:

The Iranian ambassador compares FIFA’s rule to to “Afghanistan’s Taliban restrictions on women in sports”:

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