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November 10, 2012

News and Analysis (11/10/12)

“These encouraging results clearly show that mainstream Americans reject anti-Muslim bigotry by candidates for public office and will demonstrate that rejection at the polls”–Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations:

The dispute to replace the words “principles of Islamic Shariah” with the words “the rulings of Shariah” in the Egyptian Constitution is nothing less than a struggle over whether Egypt is to be ruled by laws (nomocracy) or by men (theocracy):

“It would be one thing if the defendant had conceived the crime and then, as obstacles arose, the government removed them. But I think you have to deal with the problem of the full circumstances here. The government comes up with the idea, picks the targets, provides all the means, removes the obstacles”–Judge Reena Raggi:

Unmoved by the facts that Dr. Siddiqui “had not been read her rights[,] … had not had the opportunity to consult any lawyers,” that there was evidence that the weapon “she allegedly picked up had not been not fired and that no spent bullets or casings were found” and that since she “was not being tried for terrorism, the material containing diagrams of New York landmarks allegedly recovered from her should not been introduced into the proceedings,”

“Prior to this case, an anonymous expert has never been permitted in a US criminal trial as there is no genuine way to cross examine someone whose identity is unknown”–Michael Ratner, president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights:

“The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood to power in Egypt has brought with it a new group of female politicians who say they are determined to bring more women into leadership roles — and at the same time want to consecrate a deeply conservative Islamic vision for women in Egypt”:

“The arrests, terrorism charges and takeover of EIASC signify a troubling escalation in the government’s attempts to control Ethiopia’s Muslim community and provide further evidence of a decline in religious freedom in Ethiopia”–U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom:

“The interesting thing about it is that people would naturally think the first Muslim MP was elected in an area where a large part of the population was Asian, like Birmingham,…. In fact, it was a working-class constituency in Glasgow where less than 10 per cent of people are Asian”:

“[D]rones could be susceptible to “mission creep,” in which the use of the technology could deviate from the intended use. Metal detectors, for example, originally were used in high-security areas like airports but are now accepted at schools”:

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