News and Analysis (12/23/11)

Despite the fact that the bill contains provisions that ” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) warned … ‘put every American at risk’ of being sent to Guantanamo Bay” and ” Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) said it violated the Constitution because U.S. citizens could be apprehended on U.S. soil and held without a trial,”

“Like us, he knows that he’s innocent. We’re ready, and he is ready, to take it to the Supreme Court. And we’re happy to know that the defense team is very much committed to helping us move forward with this as far as it needs to go” — Tamer Mehanna:

“[O]pposition leaders and outside analysts raised questions about the veracity of the government account, noting that attacks by al-Qaeda or other terror groups are virtually unheard of in Syria. Because the Syrian government strictly controls media inside the country, there was no way to independently verify what had happened”:

The attack came “after the group challenged a new government ban on its weekly protests.” Among the victims was “a 13-year-old girl among those hurt had a serious injury to her thigh”:

A protester said, “They want to humiliate us at any price. We’re sending out a message to the State that we’re not going to allow for a ‘second Nakba’,” and  Knesset Member Jamal Zahalka remarked, “The torching of the mosques and the ‘mosque bill’ are part of a war declared against the Arab and Muslim population by the racists and settlers. The sound of the Muezzin, the church bells and the blowing of the shofar have always existed”:

“An unidentified cleric giving the Friday sermon in Tahrir Square blamed the military for divisions and called on the generals to give up power as the only solution to ending ‘dictatorship,'” while “in his sermon at Cairo’s main Al-Azhar mosque, Sheik Nasr Farid Wasil said “’Islam’s forgiveness calls for peace between security (forces) and the people’” …

… “The Mubarak regime used systematic sexual violence against female activists and journalists, and here’s the SCAF upholding that ignoble legacy. But to quote the women in Tahrir this week: ‘The women of Egypt are a red line.’ My body, and mind, belong to me”:

How would the French feel if Turkey prohibited people from denying the French massacres in Algeria constituted genocide? “Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the French vote was comparable with attempts by Mideast rulers to stifle free speech,” adding, “Europe has philosophically and ideologically reverted to the Middle Ages”:

Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani “reiterated that (the) Pakistan Army has and will continue to support the democratic process in the country” and Pakistan’s Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikar Chaudhry affirmed, “There is no question of a takeover. Gone are the days when people used to get validation for unconstitutional steps from the courts”:

“Ahead of and shortly after the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, a number of officials, including former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his deputy Paul Wolfowitz suggested the war could be done on the cheap and that it would largely pay for itself.” It wasn’t; they didn’t; and there were no weapons of mass destruction either:

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