News and Analysis (12/19/11)

With Russia losing patience, Syria signs yet another agreement with the Arab League and releases a Syrian-American blogger:

Fingerpointing about the continuing clashes in Egypt give the lie to the claim that the military and the people are one, and exposes a disconnect between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood:

A spokeswoman for the legal campaign group Reprieve said the UK government’s failure to issue an apology had led Mr Belhaj’s lawyers … to send a letter initiating legal action.” His lawyers said: “The barbaric treatment which our clients describe, both at the hands of the Americans and the Libyans is beyond comprehension’:

“At the beginning of the demonstrations, we agreed with the demands for the end to despotism and corruption and only the street would decide the limit of the demands…. With time, we found many elements want to impose the parliamentary monarchy as a limit — we do not agree” — Hassan Bennajeh, Justice and Charity) group spokesman:

“How much longer will terrorists put innocent Afghans in harm’s way?” — @isafmedia; “I dnt knw. U hve bn pttng thm n ‘harm’s way’ fr da pst 10 yrs. Razd whole vilgs n mrkts. n stil hv da nrve to tlk bout ‘harm’s way’” — Abdulqahar Balkhi, one of the Taliban’s Twitter warriors, who uses the handle ­@ABalkhi:

A natural consequence of the establishment of a state religion? The government of the Maldives seems headed for a collision with religious hardliners in the civil society over the interpretation of Islamic law:

“Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh’s political adviser, Yusef Rizka, says the Gaza leader will travel in the near future to Turkey, Bahrain, Qatar and Tunisia. He says the four nations all invited Haniyeh to visit”:

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