News and Analysis (8/4/20)

Automatons were among the “creations of the 12th-century … inventor Ismail al-Jazari, who laid the groundwork for modern engineering, hydraulics, and even robotics”:

A Circuit Court has ruled that a Muslim inmate allegedly “fired from his prison job for reporting his bosses’ religious harassment” can’t file a First Amendment retaliation claim:

Israel may be counting on the differences in impact of its oppression on various Palestinians groups to prevent a unified opposition:

In revoking Jammu and Kashmir’s statehood, Modi converted an internal political problem and security concern into a communal religious internal and external security threat” …

… “Indian government claims that it was determined to improve Kashmiri lives ring hollow one year after the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s constitutional status” …

… “It was not just a political change. It destroyed our livelihood” — Kashmiri flower seller …

… “Abdullah has called the meeting of many mainstream political parties at his residence,” but wonders if India will “allow anybody to come out”:

Kashmiri nomads have a solution for the school in the time of Covid conundrum:

“[J]ust a few days after the newspaper came out, all fresh evidence of this British operation … disappeared from public debate”:

Police stood idly by as a man was beaten on “suspicion of transporting beef”:

Iran is accused of abducting across national borders the man it charges with a terrorist attack on a mosque …

… while Australia finds its citizen, tried in secret in Iran on spying charges that she denies, “to be well”:

Yet another in the string of unexplained fires and explosions since June 26:

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