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November 29, 2011

News and Analysis (11/29/11)

Seeing the trees: a close-up look at the voting in Egypt; a man votes for the first time because his son was killed in Tahrir Square and his wife refuses to vote for the same reason:

The community service element of Islam fuels the Muslim Brotherhood’s advantage at the polls. “Some of the villages don’t even have sewage facilities. The education level is low. Water quality is weak. The Brotherhood has promised things, and in the past they have done them” — Shabban Abdel Reza, an Egyptian postal worker:

While the Prime Minister of Kuwait resigned on Monday after protesters and some deputies forced their way into parliament’s chambers, demanding that the prime minister quit earlier this month…

… the government in Bahrain remains in power even after an independent investigation, ordered by the king, urged his government to resign:

“We don’t want to impose anything on the people,” says Mohammad Shaqfah, the exiled leader of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood. “[We have] always asked for freedom and democracy…. We will not replace one dictatorship with another. We are against dictatorships”:

In “in scenes reminiscent of the seizing of the U.S. Embassy compound in 1979 … [p]rotesters called for the closure of the embassy calling it a ‘spy den'” as some carried “photographs of nuclear scientist Majid Shahriari, who was killed last year in an attack that Iran blamed on Israeli and British spy services”:
“Islamic scholars [met in Pashawar, Pakistan,] on Monday [and] urged the followers of various sects to end their misunderstandings and get united to thwart the enemy`s anti-peace designs” and ensure the development of the Muslim Ummah:

The “face of political Islam in this fledgling democracy is a 47-year-old pharmaceutical executive who favors tailored suits and stiletto heels,” a “mother of two [who] … felt compelled to emerge as a spokeswoman to cut down fears that Ennahda would curb women’s rights or mix conservative religion and politics”:

“Taysir Al-Khatib, president of the Islamic society of Vermont in Colchester, questioned  the notion that some who wanted to observe Ramadan were looking for special favors. fasting throughout the day for Ramadan is no easy thing, he noted:

“Growing at about 25% a year, this secular though predominantly Muslim country’s economy has transitioned from its post-Soviet background to a healthy market economy today, in spite of the challenges of discord in the region which has resulted in about 15% of its population being refugees and displaced people”:

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