News and Analysis (6/4/12)

Flights are diverted from the Tripoli airport in the latest manifestation of disorder from the NATO  intervention into Libya …

… while the legacy of the American invasion of Iraq is a greater al-Qaeda presence “at a sensitive time, with the country’s fractious Shi’ite, Sunni and Kurdish blocs locked in a crisis that threatens to unravel their power-sharing deal and spill into sectarian tension” …

… and Henry Kissinger explains why the political establishment is reigning in its interventionist impulses as the Syrian violence escalates, with the rebels blaming  the government and the government blaming the rebels:

Despite the Shiite defendant’s protestations that the contested messages were not his, but the result of  a hacked account, the Sunni court gives him the maximum penalty:

Political scientists Victor Asal and Brian Early argue that  Israel, India, the UK, Pakistan, France, Russia and China each pose a real existential threat two to six times greater than the hypothetical threat of a nuclear-armed Iran:

Bishop Mina says, “Whoever will guarantee liberty and democracy and a good constitution for Egypt will have our vote,” but the causal way the Muslim Brotherhood broke its promise not to run a candidate in the Presidential election makes him skeptical about their promises to respect the rights of the Coptic Christian minority:

“The Islamic culture of segregation of sexes was based on early marriages that sought to curtail sexual frustration, but economic pressures and evolving social attitudes are rapidly changing this tradition”:

After two weeks of battle in “one of the areas hit hardest by a series of recent Taliban-forced school closures, nearly 400 locals from eight villages” suffering three fatalities while killing  “eight Taliban fighters, … villagers say they’ve managed to reopen 81 of Andar’s 83 schools”:

“[T]he number of non-Muslim girls who took the examination is higher than boys…  {So-called high} madrasas in the State don’t limit the curriculum only to subjects like Arabic and Islamic Studies, but give equal emphasis to science, mathematics, and languages, including English”:

“Respect is a two-way street, and Booth says the central factor keeping him in a place that is culturally foreign to him is the level of respect he gets from students. He said even though he has never been to a Muslim country, ‘certainly at the academy we get enormous respect. And it’s just priceless’”:

The complainant says beyond the aggravation and humiliation, the refusal to let him board cost him a $60,000 contract he was to negotiate in Bahrain:


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