News and Analysis (1/16/12)

“[Bush] went absolutely ballistic….. There’s no question that the U.S. has cooperated with Israel in intelligence-gathering operations against the Iranians, but this was different. No matter what anyone thinks, we’re not in the business of assassinating Iranian officials or killing Iranian civilians” — unnamed US intelligence officer:

As Iran claims it has evidence of U.S. complicity in the recent assassination of its young scientist and Europe is at a loss on  how to deal what it sees as Iranian “dissembling,” evidence emerges of Israeli:

THEN, “Different groups — ethnic or religious minorities, the business sector, Islamists and secular activists — were played off against, and ‘protected’ from, each other by the leader who sat atop the pyramid;” NOW, “a secular liberal … just elected to Parliament … and others have begun a quiet discussion with the Islamist parties about how to cooperate on legislation to get Egypt growing again and to show that the new power holders can produce a better Egypt”:

Hope for Christian-Muslim reconciliation in Nigeria?

Arguing that the ” imam from Trinidad, ‘abandoned the true tenants of his religion’ by participating in the plot, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch” wins a life sentence:

“The Nobel laureate, regarded as a driving force behind the movement that forced the former president Hosni Mubarak to step down, said the conditions for a fair election were not in place”:

The creator of the Muslimah Media Watch website says, “Islam is about submission to God, an important facet of that is submission to what’s just. Thus, both Islam and feminism guide my outlook and my work” …

… while a former female member of the Muslim Brotherhood “dismisses [its founder’s] dictum that there is no need to invest heavily in girls’ education and that women should be trained only to serve as housewives and mothers … [as] contradictory to true Islam”:

Is Asad’s amnesty offer just another attempt to avoid the increasing impatience of the Arab world:

Is al-Qaeda making a comeback?

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