Archive for April, 2007

News and Analysis (4/9/07)

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Things continue to look bleak in Iraq as local militants continue their elusive and deadly tactics, Shi’as answer the call for an anti-occupation by Moqtada As-Sadr and even an Iraqi who helped topple a statue of Saddam Hussein after the invasion, looks back upon four years of occupation and violence with regret:

In Lebanon, political deadlocks become a mundane ritual:

“We don’t have any rights here, even after your Supreme Court said we had rights,” – Majid al-Joudi, Guantanamo detainee

Since the mid-term election, Congressional members across the political spectrum are engaged in massive oversight and vote for legislation rolling back much of the Bush administration’s post 9/11 secrecy:

“The threat of militant cells in Morocco seems real, but the major question is to what extent is the regime using the arrests and trials of militant Islamists to roll back some of the reforms they promised, and which some believe have spun out of control,” – Haim Malka,

In spite of lack of capacity, Ahmedinejad makes pompous and confrontational claim that Iran can produce uranium on ‘an industrial level’:

News and Analysis (4/7-8/07)

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

“Our problem here is what? It’s how to eat, how to drink, and how to forget about our problems. We can’t do anything else…That cultivates hatred. It’s the hatred of not being able to do anything.” – Ibrahim Moussa

Fed up with bad image in the US media and Musharraf’s erosion of the rule of law, Pakistani-Americans embrace a pro-active role:

Everyone is suffering from the Sudanese government’s ham-fisted tactics:

Shi’ite religious scholars from around the world embrace the communicative power of internet to provide opinions on a variety of social, spiritual and political issues:

Now that Sadr has allegedly ordered Shi’as to re-arm themselves against the occupation, US forces are re-engaged in a bloody battle with Mahdi Army units:

“The Muslims [of Europe] … feel threatened not by the foundations of our Christian morality but by the cynicism of a secularized culture that denies its own foundations.” – Pope Benedict XVI

News and Analysis (4/6/07)

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Middle East expert Juan Cole provides his excellent news round-up on developments in Iraq, as well as his analysis of the release of the British sailors from Iranian capture:

…while other experts see the political drama of the 15 British sailors as a demonstration of Iran’s sophisticated ability to flex its diplomatic muscles:

Washington Post columnist Dan Froomkin gives his analysis of the bi-partisan congressional delegation in the Middle East and Vice-President Cheney’s ‘delusions’ about Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaida:

Trial of 50 Moroccan Islamist militants may be evidence of Al-Qaida’s extended reach into North Africa:

“We’re not here to fight the Taliban… we’re here to make them irrelevant.” – Dutch commander, Col. Hans van Griensven

Heavy-handed tactics by government and Ethiopian forces kill scores of civilians and lead to complaints and investigations by local human rights groups and European diplomats:

“US threats against Iran are no longer regarded by the Iranians and Syrians as just saber-rattling, and it’s only natural that they prepare themselves,” – Amal Saad-Ghorayeb

Two-day conference in Indonesia stressing sectarian reconciliation and Muslim unity in Iraq and around the world concludes:


News and Analysis (04/05/07)

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

“In a country plagued by years of corrupt and sluggish governance, Bangladesh has come up with a novel innovation to curb the disease. Private groups have stepped in to take charge of the national tuberculosis treatment program.”

Sarkozy’s idea of state-funded mosques in France will only drive ‘underground mosques’ more underground:

New Amnesty International report describes increasingly harsh treatment of detainees at Guantanamo

Unless it follows a successful education campaign that FGM is not part of Muslim or Christian teachings, the government ban will lead to unintended health consequences for girls, such as a decrease in the likelihood of receiving medical treatment and leading to more ‘underground’ methods

News and Analysis (4/4/07)

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

American bi-partisan congressional delegation engages in diplomatic surge and meets with Syria’s President, Bashar Al-Assad:

Two month body count by the Washington Post provides gloomy empirical indicator of Iraq’s dangerous security situation…

…which helps to explain the challenges US and Iraqi soldiers face when trying to recruit Sunnis in order to diversify the sectarian make up of the army:

Caught the middle of a sectarian battle between Zaydi Shi’as on side and Wahhabis and the Yemeni state on the other, Yemeni Jews flee their village:

Rather than taking Bush’s hardline approach, Britain uses a seasoned diplomatic method to release its sailors…

…with successful results:

Son of Egyptian immigrants living in the American South uses his talent in country music to sing about “unadulterated love, family and religion”:

Freed from the shackles of atheistic communism, Albanian Muslims and Christians witness a revival of faith:

Guantanamo-style prisons outsourced not in Europe, but Africa:

News and Analysis (4/3/07)

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

Bush administration’s stance against Iran fails with the capture of the 15 British soldiers and strengthens its hardliner counterparts in Iran…

…yet the administration persists–even at the risk of threatening UK–Iranian negotiations to release the sailors:

Caught between Sadr’s orders for restraint, daily indiscriminate attacks by Sunni militants and alleged enticements from Iranian agents, members of the Mahdi Army defect and reinsert themselves into the sectarian carnage:

US-Iraqi plans for reconciliation and Sunni entry into the government workforce hit a major snag as Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani opposes reform of the De-Baathification law:

“The Niger uranium matter was not uppermost in the minds of the CIA analysts. Some of them had to deal with the issue in any case, largely because Cheney, his aide Libby and some aides at the National Security Council had repeatedly demanded more information and more analysis.”

Five years after 9/11, diminished security and pervasive abuses of authority powers, civil liberties advocates begin waging a legal counteroffensive:

News and Analysis (4/2/07)

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

The disastrous consequences of military intervention in Iraq: 

Violence from military interventionism and poor security in Mogadishu force tens of thousands of residents to flee: 

With violence at a lull, India begins contemplating whether or not to scale down its occupation force in Kashmir: 

Military involvement in Bangladesh’s political could be perilous for its democracy: 

Underlying reasons for opposition to a mosque in a small town in England is a microcosm of larger trends affecting the country and its Muslim communities: 

Dressed in military fatigues and a hijab: Yemen creates an all-female unit of their counterterrorism force 

News and Analysis (3/31 – 4/1/07)

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

Accusations that the relocation plan is not really voluntary imply that it is a mirror imager of Saddam Hussein’s relocation policies:

Tribal elders call for truce as heavy fighting continues for fourth day:

Officer says Iran, Syria and Hizbullah “could misinterpret various moves in the region:”

Israel says recognizing Palestinian’s human rights would be “problematic” …

… but M.J. Rosenthal says to go for talks anyway:

Released detainee calls for release of his business partners, adds: “The hopelessness you feel in Guantanamo can hardly be described. You are asked the same questions hundreds of times. Allegations are made against you that are laughably untrue, but you have no chance to prove them wrong:”

They don’t know if she’s Sunni or Shi`a, they love her because she embraces Iraq: