News and Analysis (3/9/12)

“In a rare public criticism of the New York Police Department, the top FBI official in New Jersey said Wednesday that the department’s surveillance of Muslims in the state has hindered investigations and created ‘additional risks’ in counterterrorism”:
The highest ranking civilian to abandon President Bashar al-Assad since the uprising erupted a year ago announces his resignation and the rebels reject dialogue as long as the bloodshed persists:

If the investigation whose targets “include TV personalities Yosri Fouda and Reem Maged, former Google executive Wael Ghonim, the celebrated author Alaa Al Aswany and lawmaker Ziad el-Elaimy, who has refused to apologize for publicly describing Egypt’s top general … as a donkey … leads to prosecutions, the case could spur international outrage”:

Sarkozy “scrambled Wednesday to dispel concerns in the Jewish and Muslim communities after criticizing the ritual slaughter of animals for kosher and halal meat”:

“The narrative about Muslim women spun by others — and propagated in the media and popular culture — as silent, submissive and oppressed, is one that neither of us recognize in ourselves, the women in our families, or the women we have met over the years through our work within the Muslim community both in the United States and abroad”:

In the aftermath of the “Facebook Revolutions,” Iran further dreads the dangers of the Internet:

“While Obama should continue to apologize for the Quran burnings, we must understand that the Afghans’ rage is a response to an even deeper, rawer wound”

“A western official said the document was about the long-delayed handover of detention facilities from US to Afghan control. The official said the language of the agreement was still being discussed but the major issues had been decided”:

Christians (at 5%) are more migratory than Muslims (at 4%) and Jews (at 25%) are the most migratory of all:

 

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