News and Analysis (7/4/12)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday apologized for Pakistani military deaths in a November airstrike, and she announced the reopening of NATO supply lines to Afghanistan.

The al Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters who have used pick-axes, shovels and hammers to shatter earthen tombs and shrines of local saints in Mali’s fabled desert city of Timbuktu say they are defending the purity of their faith against idol worship:

“Palestinians leaders agreed today to exhume the body of Yasser Arafat after a television documentary suggested that he had been assassinated while being treated in a Paris hospital”:

“Naïveté is thinking that because it was so convenient for Israel to have peace with one dictator, Mubarak, rather than 80 million Egyptians, that this dictator — or some other general — would and could stay at the helm in Egypt forever”:

“The Islamists and others have been staging almost weekly protests since last year, demanding reforms that could pave the way for a parliamentary system in which the premier is elected rather than named by the king”:

A university student was fatally stabbed in a park in Egypt as he was walking with his girlfriend. Although little evidence has been provided, the attackers are suspected to be Islamists opposed to pre-marital relationships:

“[W]e all resolved to stand together as one united front….We decided as solidarity that the Muslim youth will provide a vigilante service to the churches not only in Garissa but in any other places that the Christians may deem fit” — Adan Wachu, head of the Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims:
“A demonstration of the far-right Norwegian Defence League last week in Stavanger saw a turnout of only around 20-30 people, while an counter anti-racist protest nearby attracted around 800 supporters”:

Syria’s human rights abuses are unmistakable, but the path to unity for the opposition is very unclear:

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