News and Analysis (9/8/11)

“This smells of persecution….  In a free country … this should simply not be happening” — Father Wilfredo Benitez, rector of St. Anselm of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Garden Grove:

Without full implementation of  “the specific provisions laid out for the two states [of South Kordofan and Blue Nile] in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement,” the secretary-general of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement- North (SPLM-N) says the spreading conflict is “about democracy and transformation. The issue is about how Sudan is going to be ruled”:

“The lesson, of course, is that too few check with or some other reputable source. It’s more fun to hate, to reach for the rope…. Lincoln once said a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth ever catches up with it. Sometimes by the time it does our foolish reactions can ruin lives”:

Describing himself as “a strict social conservative, a fiscal conservative, a very strict constitutionalist” Nezar Hamze tries to organize a Muslim Republican club and is greeted by a “un-Welcome Mat”:

As hunted strongman releases  an audio recording insisting that he hasn’t and won’t leave Libya, the “high cost of bringing down Gadhafi’s nearly 42-year-rule over the oil-rich nation, meanwhile, came into sharper relief, as the country’s interim health minister announced that at least 30,000 people were killed and 50,000 wounded during the six-month civil war”:

Sir William Gage condemns “members of the battalion for their lack of moral courage to report abuse'” with revelation that a ‘large number’ of soldiers assaulted Mr Mousa and the other detainees”:

“A special Bahraini court has released on bail 20 Shia Muslim medics being tried for their role in a month-long pro-democracy protest, including many who had gone on hunger strike”:

“There is very, very serious pressure on us but at the end of the day Abu Mazen [Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas] … has no choice‚ and no one can blame him” after twenty years of failed negotiations — Mohammad Shtayyeh, a senior member of the UN bound Palestinian team:

Israel wil not be on Erdogan’s itinerary of his ” four-day tour [beginning] on September 12 to discuss ‘opportunities for co-operation’ with the countries undergoing democratic transitions”:


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