News and Analysis (4/19/13)

The now dead older brother of the target of the Boston manhunt that has locked down the city is on record opposing the Russian occupation of Chechnya, but why should he then want to kill Americans? His Uncle Ruslam offer an inspired answer, telling his nephew to turn himself in:

“[A]fter the death of a US agent and 10 Afghan children in a battle he believes was fought by an illegal militia working for the US spy agency” Karzai is set “for another heated showdown with the US government”:

“Five health workers have been killed when South Sudan soldiers attacked a hospital in revenge for the deaths of eight members of the security forces, the local MP has told the BBC”:

Contradicting claims that “the protest was motivated by searches of prisoners’ Qurans[,]” a Muslim adviser at Guantanamo says the hunger strike is the result of hopelessness and that allowing even “one prisoner to be transferred out of the facility would help defuse” it:

“Muslim women are weak? What a stereotype. These women redefine the term courage”:

33% of Palestinians in Israeli prisons “are detainees who have not yet been sentenced,” 3% “are being held in administrative detention,” i.e., without charge, and among the criminal charges is “illegal entry into Israel[,]” i.e., their own land …

… while “among 1,027 Palestinian prisoners exchanged for” Israeli Sgt. Gilad Shalit are two who now make sweets, not violence:

“Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters have blocked a major motorway in Bahrain ahead of Sunday’s F1 Grand Prix in the Gulf kingdom”:

Unsubstantiated claims of chemical weapons use by a regime we don’t like? Is is the part where I came in? I’ve seen this movie before:

The former military dictator says a judges ruling that by “confining judges to house arrest …  Musharraf had ‘spread fear in the society, insecurity among the judicial officers, alarm in the lawyers’ community and terror throughout Pakistan'” is “politically motivated”:

 

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