News and Analysis (7/26/11)

In a manifesto describing himself as a Christian Knight Templar “operating as a jury, judge and executioner on behalf of all free Europeans,” the murderer of Norwegian children expresses his support for apartheid Israel while condemning the U.S. for letting in too many Jews:

“The Americans deny everything. The Israelis also deny everything — but with a smile, according to a senior U.S. official”:

“The  council’s female members have not been allowed to take part in the initial talks, leaving them exposed to allegations by their fellow women that their presence on the council is merely for show…. Many women support the idea of talks with the Taliban, but not without sufficient preconditions and substantial representation”:

With “the surge of US forces at its zenith and the summer fighting season in full swing … Taliban forces in the east appear to be launching offensives of their own, with no intention of giving up easily, US military officials say”:

“With millions of flood victims still in urgent need of aid, western charities say their efforts are being hit by the fallout from Osama bin Laden‘s death as the government hunts for CIA spies”:

“The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemned the executions, saying there was no legal justification for the failure to seek Mr Abbas’s ratification of the sentences”:

“Opposition groups derided the law as evidence that the Syrian government is not serious about democracy”:

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