Archive for December, 2008

News and Analysis (12/20-21/08)

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

The recent crackdown “was clearly motivated by politics and was not related to security”:

Governor’s “shoot to kill” order was meant to calm violence:

Cinema approved “as long as what is shown complies with Islam”:

Social stigma associated with drug addictions lead many to avoid seeking treatment:

Kirkuk remains bitterly divided between Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen:

Indications of abuse surround already questionable prison system:

“I sincerely hope that there will not be a resumption of the violence, because that is not going to help the people of Gaza, it is not going to help the Palestinians, it is not going to help the Palestinian cause,” – Condoleezza Rice

News and Analysis (12/19/08)

Friday, December 19th, 2008

US government offered approximately $250,000 as well as permanent resident status as a reward to the informants:

“Both sides need the truce, so they will probably grope their way back to it. The question is how soon and after how much suffering”:

Opposition believes the arrested are an attempt to consolidate power by al-Maliki:

“A more effective approach centers on relief, economic development, rule of law, and good governance”:

Are they considering the effect on already rampant inflation?

Lessons ignored from the Blackwater tragedy:

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati calls for a “shoe intifada” protesting American occupation:

News and Analysis (12/18/08)

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Four generals are among arrested officials variously accused of planning a coup or reconstituting the Baath party:

UN unable to distribute food as the Israeli blockage prevents supplies from being replenished:

Helping to cope with the monetary crisis and retain profits for Gaza:

Will a compromise with the Taliban reverse undermine progress for women’s rights:

DOJ seeks seizure of building secretly owned by Iran’s Bank Melli, “previously designated by the Treasury Department as a key financier of Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs”:

Critics argue the measure “would stifle the constitutional rights of the accused” and fear “the laws might be used to unfairly target India’s 130 million-strong Muslim minority”:

Arrested for Islamic modesty or foul language?

News and Analysis (12/17/08)

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

UN passes resolution addressing the pirates who disrupt commerce along one of the world’s most active sea routes…

…However, a piracy expert warns military action may have intended consequences as “Militias could … [feed] false intelligence to get rid of the competition:”

Sentence of three years of hard labor is viewed as a landmark to protect women:

Defense attorneys request that evidence obtained by the warrantless surveillance program be declared illegal:

Criminal charges could amount to a 17 cent fine or as much as seven years in prison…

… Meanwhile, al-Zaidi’s brother accuses the Iraqi military of torturing the reporter:

US soldiers expected to remain in Mosul past the June deadline for withdraw from Iraqi cities:

“The lifting of the emergency is only basically to address the concerns of the international community but on the ground its not going to change the situation.”:

News and Analysis (12/16/08)

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Western forces are attempting to ally themselves with “moderates”, religiously conservative insurgents motivated to fight solely by local grievances:

In light of the Boumediene decision, the lower court must hear defendant’s allegations of  torture and harassment, such as the placement of a Qur’an in a toliet:

The agreement is the first of its kind between the US and an Arab nation skeptics compare to a “nuclear smugglers’ hub”:

The executive director of B’Tselem describes the Israeli actions as “an act unbefitting of democracy”:

US and Britain attempt to buy Pakistani support, offering up to $15 billion:

Artistic and intellectual contact with Israel meets with condemnation:

Khatami, who favors “more personal freedoms and a stronger civil society within the Islamic republic” stands in strong contrast to Ahmadinejad:

News and Analysis (12/15/08)

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Iraqi security forces detain journalist, holding his shoes as evidence:

“The (U.S. military) detention is the worst possible example for a criminal justice system”:

Sayyed Imam, “whose ideas help shape Al Qaeda’s ideology” now condemns the group as “a corrupt, wayward school [of Islamic thinking] to justify excess in shedding blood”:

Dissenting with the exiled Khaled Mashal, Hamas’s co-founder Mahmoud Zahar wisely leaves the possibility extending the truce with Israel open:

Almost 11,000 Palestinians remain in Israeli custody and none of the freed, most of whom are Fatah fighters, are affiliated with Hamas:

“Three-quarters of the most serious terrorist plots investigated by the British authorities have links to al-Qaeda in Pakistan,” – British Prime Minister Gordon Brown

News and Analysis (12/13-14/08)

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

“The United States government has in place neither the policies and technical capacity nor the organizational structure that would be needed to undertake such a program on anything approaching this scale”:

Iranian court grants a woman’s demand of “an eye for eye” for the man who threw acid in her face:

… while Iraqi families’ hopes for justice in the Blackwater case rise and fall due to what an anonymous Iraqi official calls their unfamiliarity “with American legal procedures:”

Election turnout  “reasojnably high” despite majority Muslims protest in Hindu-ruled Kashmir:

Pakistan remains on high alert after India “inadvertently” crossed into Pakistani airspace:

Maliki says “training and mentoring teams” will not stay past 2011:

An Al Jazeera’s correspondent reports that Gazans feel they have gained very little and remain skeptical of truce with Israel:

News and Analysis (12/12/08)

Friday, December 12th, 2008

“The fact is that senior officials in the United States government solicited information on how to use aggressive techniques, redefined the law to create the appearance of their legality, and authorized their use against detainees”:

The “Saudi Divorce Initiative Forum – the first privately organized, public discussion of problems faced by women during and after divorce”:

Frustrated Indian government predicts little gain from military action …

… while former Yvonne Davis interviews former MFI staffer Alejandro Beutel on why Mumbai highlights the “need for an honest dialog about dealing with terrorism:”

The $25 million arriving from the West Bank is well short of the $63 million needed:

“As a matter of principle and coherence, we should send a clear signal of our willingness to help the U.S. Government in that regard”:

Saddam era sanctions and post-Saddam violence left Iraq with an overwhelming need for humanitarian aid:

Drop in devices that account for less than 5% of road bombs and about 35% of the casualties opens the way for dialogue with the new administration:

News and Analysis (12/11/08)

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Lawsuit accuses former attorney general Ashcroft of singling out Arab Muslims for “harsh treatment because of their religion and ethnicity”:

Hussein era debts and asset claims threaten to bankrupt the Iraqi government:

Despite report, top aid to Abbas denies any request to delay the release of prisoners:

Pakistan agrees to outlaw Jamaat-ud-Dawa in accordance with the UN resolution:

Muslim Pal intends to “connect Muslim communities to each other, and to the wider world, through shared online experiences”:

“The real challenge will be trying to contain the fights to parliament and keep them from spreading into fighting on the ground”:

Sheik Lawrence Mutib Hazan played a key role in the Anbar Awakening and the success of fighting the insurgency:

News and Analysis (12/10/08)

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

US forces claim they were under fire from “a compound nearby”, which turned out to be the police station:

A privately funded public service effort reminding Muslims to follow the words of the prophet Muhammad:

“The Israeli government has faced a level of criticism by ‘normally cautious UN officials” not seen since the “the heyday of South African apartheid'” : 

“‘The whole mall is full of Arabs, and I find it disgusting,’ said a woman browsing in a bookstore who would not give her name:”

The principal ally to the US scheduled to withdraw troops, leaving behind only a small training force of 300-400 by June 2009:

Under suspicion, Indian Muslims hold “vigils to show their solidarity” with all Indians victimized by Mumbai attacks:

“Justice should be served. These victims — their rights should be taken into consideration”: