News and Analysis (2/17/13)

“Pakistan’s unpopular government, which is gearing up for elections expected within months, faced growing anger on Sunday for failing to deliver stability after a sectarian bombing in the city of Quetta killed 81 people”:

The Kansas law promoted as protection for women now threatens to deprive Muslim women of cash settlements to which they are contractual entitled from their estranged husbands:

A “growing number of scholars, many of them women, argue that when it is properly understood, Islam not only allows but demands that women be full, active and even noisy participants in the world”:

“Another new poll, this one of Pakistan, shows: a central promise of Obama for improving US security is an utter failure

Karzai has forbidden airstrikes:

“Tripoli’s Anglican Church of Christ the King held its normal Sunday service on Sunday with the priest, Reverend Vasihar Baskaran, saying that, as during the Gaddafi era, the authorities placed no restrictions on worshippers. But he said the five Christian churches in Tripoli have a tacit agreement with the authorities not to proselytise”:

“The violence has clouded the atmosphere around talks begun on February 10 between the mostly Shi’ite Muslim opposition and the Sunni Muslim-dominated government to find a way out of the impasse over Shi’ite demands for more democracy”:

The libel lawsuit accuses the authors of making “false claims that have put the group’s members in fear of violent attacks”:

“We believe that nuclear weapons must be eliminated. We don’t want to build atomic weapons. But if we didn’t believe so and intended to possess nuclear weapons, no power could stop us” — Ayatollah Khamenei:

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