News and Analysis (11/12/12)

In the wake of the Petraeus scandal  the CIA flatly denies Paula Broadwell’s allegations that “the CIA annex … had taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner and they think that the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get these prisoners back”:

In the wake of Hilary Clinton’s harsh criticism of the narrowness of the SNC’s base of support, the Syrian opposition unifies and elects Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib to head the new group and “prominent dissident Riad Seif and female opposition figure Suhair al-Atassi … as his deputies”:

“[A]ccording to AFP, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN World Food Program (WFP), which both work closely with the Syrian Red Crescent Society, strongly denied their aid was being seized by the government or anyone else”:

After admitting that the Syrian fire onto the Golan Height was errant, and firing back anyway to “warn” a Syrian regime busy killing its own people not to fire on hostile military forces occupying its own land, not even by accident, Israel, now hints “that the Damascus regime could be deliberately targeting the Golan” and continues its offensive:

“The authorities are trying to conduct the election without conferring the right to vote on Muslim women. Universal adult suffrage is the elementary principle governing any democracy…. Similarly, there is nothing in the Shariath or in the Mohamedan law which forbids women from participating in the election process”:

“We want to ensure that American Muslims are seen as an integral part of the American fabric, that they feel comfortable with both their faith and their American identity…. We want to be seen as partners, not suspects”–Haris Tarin, Washington representative of the Muslim Public Affairs Council:

“The wave of attacks was organized, central-government military sources told Reuters. They were led by Rakhine nationalists tied to a powerful political party in the state, incited by Buddhist monks, and, some witnesses said, abetted at times by local security forces”:

Abbas defends the timing of his bid for recognition as a desperate attempt to keep the “two-state solution” alive …

… and Israeli “Defense establishment officials are reportedly opposed to the idea [of punishing the Palestinians for trying], arguing that it is better to maintain the close cooperation with the PA than to impose sanctions”:

“A senior judge at a special London court said there was a risk that evidence obtained using torture may be used against Abu Qatada and he may not receive a fair trial in Jordan” and that therefore, “British interior minister Theresa May had been wrong not to revoke an earlier deportation ruling against Qatada”:

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