News and Analysis (5/1/13)

“On the video, a middle-aged businessman can be heard asking Salim if he is Islamic and then asserting that most Muslims are terrorists. He says the Koran directs Muslims to kill nonbelievers and” and when asked if he is threatening the driver “uses an obscene phrase to respond in the affirmative”:

“A Cairo administrative court” struck a blow for liberty by overturning “a ministerial decree suspending a Muslim cleric from preaching in a mosque overlooking Tahrir Square after a citizen complained that his sermons were critical of the current Islamist president”:

The New York Times reports “Wads of American dollars packed into suitcases, backpacks and, on occasion, plastic shopping bags have been dropped off every month or so at the offices of Afghanistan’s president'” and “unnamed US officials’ assessments that there was little evidence the payment bought the influence the CIA sought” by cash “not subject to the conditions placed on official US aid”:

“[A]fter 15 years of inaction on a nuclear-free zone, Egypt proposed that the 2010 conference endorse launching negotiations to establish one. With no talks started, Egypt said Monday that some other members of the treaty — and non-members [read: Israel]— are “obstructing” the goal”:

“Many are detained in prison-like camps, unable to return to neighborhoods and businesses razed in four days of violence in Meikhtila that killed at least 43 people, most of them Muslims, displaced nearly 13,000, and touched off a wave of anti-Muslim unrest fueled by radical Buddhist monks” …

… “They slept terrified in the fields, watching their homes burn through the night. And when they returned Wednesday, nothing was left but smoldering ash and debris” …

In what “is possibly the largest mass scale Pavlovian conditioning experiment ever conducted … Muslims cannot even dream of attempting to engage in an inquiry on the non-religious reasons why these attackers have allegedly done what they had done” lest they be accused of “justification”:

“The releases do not appear to include those held as part of recent arrests linked to political opposition, including more than a dozen Egyptians. Others in custody include UAE citizens charged with coup plotting and suspected ties to groups such as the Brotherhood, which now governs Egypt”:

“For Syrian Alawites already inundated with government propaganda and state-run media reports branding members of the opposition as “terrorists,” the pledge to Mr. Zawahiri, along with a general conservative shift among the opposition, makes them unlikely to change sides even if they have questions about Assad”:

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