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March 23, 2013

News and Analysis (3/23/13)

Franklin Lamb opines that Washington, Doha and Tel Aviv all think they can work with Hitto, but some Syrians are concerned that the ex-pat doesn’t know the country …

… but even as the politically-motivated return to Syria to fight to inherit the state power slowly slipping away from the Assads, entrepreneurs take their talent and wealth to neighboring countries:

The spillover Syrian violence into Turkey and Israel may have contributed to Netanyahu’s decision to reverse his policy of blaming the victims of Israel’s slaughter of nine civilians on board the Mavi Marmara, and to offer compensation for what he now characterizes as “operation errors” in attacking the unarmed relief ship on the open sea …

… but Lebanon continues to hesitate “to react to rising incidents of Syrian cross-border fire[,]“ as Prime Minister Najib Miqati resigns, declaring, “There will be no rescue [for Lebanon] except through dialogue and making room for the formation of a salvation government in which all groups are represented”:

“Mobs set fire to Muslim homes and mosques in frenzied sectarian rioting in a town in central Myanmar, leaving at least 20 people dead and more than 6,000 homeless amid growing fears Friday that the latest bout of Muslim-Buddhist bloodshed could spread”:

“The protesters’ demands should be delivered to the government and president, not the Brotherhood office because even though the president came from the group, he makes decisions that are separate from the group’ – Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Yasser Mehres:

“Youngsters want to dispel the notion that terrorism has sanction in Islam which is why they are reading the Quran and hadith, so that they can refute allegations frequently made against the religion” — Atif Ismail, Students Islamic Organisation zonal president:

A Judge’s sober reflections on why Egyptian democratization has stalled and what it will take to move forward:

Despite having to endure “some religious discrimination and ridicule by students” on the Mormon campus the Moroccan student says her Muslim faith is strengthened by the experience and finds herself “comfortable with Mormons because their principles and values really match my own”:

The state Republican vice-chair who was the Sikh target of a county Republican central committeewoman’s embarrassingly idiotic anti-Muslim blather notes, “One would expect her to consider resigning or at least issuing an apology for the outrageous statements she made, which she has not done”:

“Riot police clashed with hundreds of marchers trying to gather at the home of Nabeel Rajab, who has been sentenced to two years in prison on charges of backing “illegal” protests.” He is just one of “dozens of activists and political figures jailed during the more than two-year unrest in the Gulf kingdom”:

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