News and Analysis (3/30/13)

“[N]ews that the individual at the heart of the bomb plot was in fact an informer for US intelligence is likely to raise just as many questions as it answers.” AP “reported that the unnamed informant was working under cover for the Saudis and the CIA when he was given the bomb, which was of a new non-metallic type aimed at getting past airport security”:

A hunger strike by prisoners, most of whom have been cleared of any charges, and a terrifying history of the creation of the procedures employed there confirm the urgency of closing this ugly blot on the image of America:

As the Mursi regime increasingly resembles the Mubarak regime …

… best-selling Egyptian novelist Alaa al-Aswany identifies five factors that can transform a devout person into a violent extremist, and accuses the Muslim Brotherhood of falling  into the trap …

“At a time when western diplomats and investors are making a beeline to seek favours from Gujarat chief minister Narindra Modi” the most recent of ten complainant says “local politicians forced him to close down his business on February 9. His petition says that despite court orders police has refused to provide him protection”:

It’s a reasonable question. Is your headscarf really “religiously motivated” if you only wear it on bad hair days? That seems to be more about Western vanity than Muslim modesty:

A Zionist has failed in his attempt to quash free speech, losing “his case against the Universities and Colleges Union, which he alleged is anti-Semitic, with the furious tribunal slamming those who brought the case as having ‘a worrying disregard for pluralism, tolerance and freedom of expression'” …

… and Hanan Ashrawi declares, “The fact that so many Palestinian Christian communities are denied their simple human right to worship freely in their own capital city is unacceptable,” but the new Pope has no overt comment on the Israeli restrictions that impedes Palestinian Christians as well as Muslims from worship in Jerusalem:

As Buddhist on Muslim violence increases in Sri Lanka and Myanmar:

… “Peace negotiators for the Thai government and Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) said in a joint statement on Friday that they had agreed on the terms of reference for the negotiations”:

“Even if Yemen’s ambitious national dialogue conference fails to resolve crucial issues like constitutional reform, it can declare success simply for getting Yemenis to talk to each other”:

“Protests by the unemployed in southern Algeria are raising the specter of rising unrest in the country’s sensitive oil regions, and are increasingly attracting the attention of al-Qaida”:

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