News and Analysis (8/7/13)

“Tunisia has become increasingly polarized by rival street movements. Ennahda came out in a show of force a few days earlier, drawing the largest crowd since Ben Ali’s ouster for a pro-government rally that it said topped 150,000. Ben Jaafar’s decision to suspend the Assembly, meanwhile, could deepen the country’s political crisis”:

While Yemen claims that it has “foiled … plans that may have been the subject of last week’s Al Qaeda communications that triggered a broad US closure of its diplomatic missions around the world” …

… an American conservative asks Sen. Lindsey Graham, “After 58,000 dead we left Vietnam. How many Americans have the Vietnamese killed since we left?”

As the US charges a former Libyan commander in the Benghazi attack, the country continues to unravel in its attempts to deal with its proposed constitution, its economy, and its security:

“Roubaix is one of just a handful of cities that have broken with a rigid interpretation of the country’s state secularism. The city stands out for its effort to take discreet but pointed steps to promote an active Muslim community, and in doing so it has diminished the ethnic and sectarian tensions that have afflicted other parts of France”:

“The exchange prompted the judge, Col. Tara Osborn, to halt the long-delayed trial on only its second day. She must now decide what to do next, knowing that all moves she makes will be scrutinized by a military justice system that has overturned most soldiers’ death sentences in the last three decades”:

“[W]ith terrifying reports of Muslim women and children being massacred” and “monks goading on frenzied mobs”, and suspicion that extremists “have backing from the highest levels of the Burmese government”, the “fear now is that the plight of the Rohingya has become a battle cry for Islamist militants in Indonesia”:

“The killing came despite an agreement between Thailand and Muslim rebels from the region to try to avoid bloodshed during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which ends this week”:

American Unitarian Rachel Corrie “was killed by a military bulldozer two months [after joining the International Solidarity Movement], while trying to block the demolition of a pharmacist’s house in Rafah, Gaza. The play’s Israeli director Ari Remez says, “I wanted to understand what brought her here, and what that says about us”:

Sens. McCain and Graham add their weight to the US administration’s efforts to bring the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian military to the negotiating table, but all sides in Egypt remain united only in their anger at the US:

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