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October 4, 2012

News and Analysis (10/4/12)

The Turkish parliament endorses military action but, as Syria apologizes, denies that a state of war exists:

“Documents detailing weapons collection efforts, emergency evacuation protocols, the full internal itinerary of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’s trip and the personnel records of” Libyan security contractors may have been among items taken before “the gates to the Benghazi compound were locked several days after the attacks”:

Reports of democracy in Libya may be premature:

“The longest sentence, five years, went to Ali al-Ekry, formerly the senior medic at Salmaniya Medical Complex, the largest hospital in Bahrain. He was convicted of “possession and concealment” of weapons and ‘illegal assembly’” but “wide international attention, and that’s what is making my government reluctant to implement the verdict”:

After watching the Presidnetial debate a Muslim asks, “If you are standing in front of a vat of acid or a vat of lava, which one do you jump into?”

“A day earlier, the Associated Press reported that representatives of Sri Lanka’s minority Muslim community also condemned the violence and demanded that authorities punish those responsible”:

“Muslim liberals … don’t show up on your TV screen because they don’t riot. But they’re making a case for greater tolerance”:

“Jordan’s government has claimed that the elections emerge from reforms that spared Jordan the Arab Spring uprisings that have toppled four Mideast rulers so far. Critics charge that the … reforms to do not go far enough in neutralizing distortions that ensure parliamentary strength for the supporters of King Abdullah II or curtail his absolute powers”:

Alleging “severe abuses, including torture of detainees, arrests without warrants, forced confessions, unfair trials and mock executions,” the “leading international rights group released a 43-page report on Wednesday and called on the militant Hamas group to reform its various security forces”:

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