News and Analysis (10/27/12)

EID MUBARAK!

The NATO-created power vacuum in Libya is being filled by extremists, and “militants are free to come and go from the city and surrounding areas as they please. ‘There’s no police, no army and no militias. Nothing. It’s an open city from east and west[,]’ according to “the head of the largely toothless local council”:

“Lieberman has in the past advocated legislation seen as discriminatory toward Israel’s 20 percent Arab [Muslim and Christian] minority, including a bill that would have required all potential citizens to swear an oath of loyalty to Israel as a ‘Jewish and democratic’ state”:

Ayman al-Zawahri “said that abducting nationals of ‘countries waging wars on Muslims’ is the only way to free ‘our captives…. This is the only language which they understand”:

“‘Let all your feuds be abolished,’ the Prophet Muhammad said in his last sermon on the hill called Jabal al-Rahman, Mountain of Mercy, in the area of Mount Arafat. ‘You must know that every Muslim is the brother of every Muslim…between Muslims there are no races and no tribes…do not oppress and do not be oppressed'”:

The “executive director of the UK-based Islamic Heritage Research Foundation … says this wilful destruction of Islamic heritage is no accident: it is driven by state-endorsed wahhabism, the hardline interpretation of Islam that perceives historical sites as encouraging sinful idolatry. So anything that relates to the prophet could be in the bulldozer’s sights”:

In Syria, neither side is inclined towards peace:

A bomb near a playground in the Bawiya neighbourhood of the capital Baghdad killed several people, including at least three children” in spreading sectarian violence:

“Tehran has refused a request by a group of European lawmakers to visit two jailed dissidents to present them with …  the 2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought”:

“[N]o one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate” —  CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood:

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