News and Analysis (2/20/12)

Avoiding both crony capitalism and a state-run economy, the Brotherhood’s plan include “a constitution based on the US model that guarantees investor rights and … transparency of public institutions, … a low, graduated tax rate,” competitive trade, and fuel subsidy reform that could “generate an estimated 65 billion pounds in revenue annually”:

As the Greek Orthodox and Arameans petition Turkey’s Islamist government for an equality of citizenship they were denied by their secular predecessors, …

… a columnist advises the AKP to use its considerable political capital to resolve the Kurdish question:

None of the “12 people who had been members of Muslim student associations who were later charged or convicted of terrorism” were “from New Jersey schools” and Muslims are demanding oversight of “police activities ‘targeting law-abiding Muslims'” …

… “Not only did the department go well outside its jurisdiction to “get a better handle on what was occurring at” Muslim Student Associations, as spokesman Paul Browne told the AP, it did so in a pretty Keystone Kops manner at times”:

“[T]he FBI has pulled more than 700 documents and 300 presentations that stereotyped Islam or were factually inaccurate, an FBI spokesman said. The federal agency also intends in coming weeks to roll out plans on how it will vet training materials”:

“Despite a trial, an acquittal, and a subsequent plea agreement, the government continues to pursue Dr. Al-Arian in an effort to punish him and once again jail him, due to his political and religious beliefs in a country that prides itself on the bill of rights that purportedly guarantees freedom of beliefs, opinions, and associations”:

“The moment may be one of unprecedented change for Yemen, but it leaves something to be desired as a beacon of democracy. In this election, voters will enter the polling both to find a ballot with only one candidate – Mr. Saleh’s Vice President, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi – accompanied by a graphic of the map of Yemen and the national flag”:

“The UN estimates that more than 300,000 people have died in Darfur, mostly from disease, since rebels took up arms in 2003” and although the fighting has died down recently, the rebels calling themselves the “Justice and Equality Movement” are now detaining U.N. peacekeepers:

“Clashes between military rebels and Syrian forces are growing more frequent and the defectors have managed to take control of small pieces of territory in the north as well as parts of Homs province, which is Syria’s largest…. The country appears to be moving towards a civil war”:

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