News and Analysis (4/18/13)

“The reason there was such confusion and uncertainty about whether this was “terrorism” is because there is no clear and consistently applied definition of the term. At this point, it’s little more than a term of emotionally manipulative propaganda” — Glenn Greenwald:

“The Islamic Republic of Iran, which follows the logic Islam, is opposed to any bombings and killings of innocent people, no matter if it is in Boston, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, or Syria and condemns it” — Ayatollah Khamenei:

“An Egyptian court sentenced a police officer to 15 years in prison on Tuesday for torturing an ultraconservative Muslim to death, a rare lengthy prison term for a policeman convicted of abuse”:

Insulting Islam or hypocrisy? “Among nine tweets …  cited by the court was one in which the musician joked about hearing an unusually short Muslim call to prayer. He wrote: ‘Why such haste? Have you got a mistress waiting or a raki on the table?'”

“A senior member of the Coalition, Abdelbaset Sieda, said the Brotherhood feels misunderstood and worries that people are confusing the group with the ultraconservative Salafis and Islamic extremists who are now gaining prominence on the ground”:

When the new Pope was still a cardinal, he criticized his predecessor’s Regensberg comments saying “will serve to destroy in 20 seconds the careful construction of a relationship with Islam that Pope John Paul II built over the last twenty years”:

The imam with “a slightly different version of Islam ,,, had a crisis last year when he went three weeks without anyone showing up…. The following week, as he was serving food for Iftar, …during the month of Ramadan, 32 people showed up”:

Disqualified from running and his bail revoked, the former military dictator of Pakistan flees:

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