News and Analysis (4/22/12)

Egypt’s economy is an a dangerously sad state …

… but millionaire Islamists say that removing the ceiling on success can “empower a new class of businessmen … while also improving the lives of poor Egyptians and attracting investment from abroad” as in “Turkey, where a religious middle class, encouraged by the country’s Islamic government, has driven a spectacular economic boom”:

“[W]hile Friday’s rally coalesced around a common theme — the call for an end to military rule — the various Islamist, liberal, leftist and youth groups taking part remained divided over the means to that end. Some called for delaying the election, while others pressed for an immediate transfer of power to parliament”:

“General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, chief of the aerospace division of the Revolutionary Guards, related what he said were details of the aircraft’s operational history to prove his claim that Tehran’s military experts had extracted data from the US RQ-170 Sentinel captured in December in eastern Iran”:

“The television has never been independent…. The guidelines are a way of trying through the window, rather than the front door, to take control of public broadcast media’” — Matti Monjib, president of the Ibn Rushd Center, “which promotes investigative journalism”:

“It was common, [journalists in Pakistan] said, to receive a threat by a phone call from the Taliban for not getting enough quotes from them, from political parties for including the Taliban in a story or not being represented the way they saw fit, and even from Pakistan’s version of the CIA, the ISI”:

“The idea of secularization is a concept that does not exist in the Middle East for both Christians and Muslims because [there] people are by nature religious. It is much better to speak about …. ‘citizenship for all’ whereby the citizens are allowed to pursue their own religious values[,] … that all have the same rights” — Archbishop Paul-Mounged El-Hachem:

“I think and hope he is alone. Most Norwegians are nothing like him” — Sihen Naidja, a 42-year-old Algerian mother:

“Did not God check one set of people by means of another there would surely have been pulled down monasteries churches synagogues and mosques in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure” — Qur’an 22:40

“The shelling in Douma highlighted the need for more observers a day after the Security Council voted to expand the number of UN observers from 30 to 300 in hopes of salvaging an international truce plan marred by continued fighting between the military and rebels”:

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