Archive for April, 2011

News and Analysis (4/11/11)

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Ouattara “didn’t want to come to power this way, through the barrel of a gun…. He was elected fairly and freely. But this is the situation he was dealt. It’s going to be incredibly difficult for him to bring the country together” — Richard Downie (Center for Strategic and International Studies):

With civilians continuing to die in Misrata, the rebels reject the African Union’s call for a cease fire unless Gaddafi and his sons are shut out of any part of Libya’s political future:

“This trial sets a dangerous precedent at a time when Egypt is trying to transition away from the abuses of the Mubarak era” — Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director for Human Rights Watch:

What freedom of speech? French police admit to detaining a woman “not because of her veil but for taking part in an unauthorised protest against the ban“:

Islamic legal scholars have condemned the traditional practice of “talaq” on which the text-based divorce is a high-tech twist:

“A possible role for Turkey, the largest Muslim voice in NATO, in Afghan peace efforts would fit U.S.-backed initiatives to seek a political solution to the nearly decade-old insurgency amid a realization that military force alone is unlikely to end it”:

“The CIA is out of the detention and interrogation business” — unidentified U.S. official:

CIA Has Slashed Its Terrorism Interrogation Role (LA Times)

Saleh “welcomes” the proposal, but will he act on it?

“Some 2,000 mourners chanting ‘Death is better than humiliation!’ turned out in Banias on Monday for a funeral for the four after Muslim noon prayers”:


News and Analysis (4/7/11)

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Mohammed Elhasssan volunteered to defend the Qur’an because it says to have dialog with the Christians; that injunction refers to sincere Christians; for the likes Terry Jones the scripture says, “when [good Muslims] hear vain talk they turn away therefrom and say: ‘To us our deeds and to you yours; peace be to you: we seek not the ignorant”” (28:55):

As Libya’s former energy minister becomes the latest defector from the regime, NATO airstrikes continue to kill rebels:

She once “”criticized the strictures placed on journalists in Libya by reactionary regime figures;” in her new role as the regime’s “attack dog” she “grilled an arrested journalist for an hour with all the doggedness of a secret police interrogator.” If Gaddafi falls, maybe she could apply for Glenn Beck’s soon-to-be-vacant position at Fox:

“Mr. Gbagbo himself remains holed up inside the presidential palace in Abidjan as troops loyal to President-elect Alassane Ouattara continue to lay siege to the compound in an attempt to capture the renegade leader and bring an end to the conflict in Ivory Coast”:

The U.S. is willing to stay in Iraq beyond the end of the year; all the regime has to do is ask:

“The committees will also examine the census of 1962 which deprived many Kurds in Syria of their citizenship”:

Days after being interviewed by the FBI, “Fernandes learned that a flier with his image, taken from his police identification card, had been circulated in the Fremont Unified School District. According to the claim, the flier instructed people to call police if they saw Fernandes on a school campus”:



News and Analysis (4/5/11)

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

“All the generals who are fighting for Gbagbo have deserted him, it is over. There is no army, there is no fighting,” —

Anwar’s wife and leader of his party, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, “said the video leakage, which came ahead of a key April 16 election in Sarawak state on Borneo island, was meant to smear Anwar because ‘they see him as a force … a catalyst for change'”:

“A man who appeared drunk was arrested after threatening to” to blow up the headquarters of Jordan’s main opposition group, the Islamic Action Front,  with “what turned out to be a fake explosive belt”:

While some naive Western officials naively hoped the Florida Qur’an burning “could remain unnoticed” …

… Lindsay Graham’s proposal that Terry Jones’ freedom to engage in hateful speech might be curtailed on the grounds that he had endangered the “war effort” overlooks one critical detail: Congress has not declared war:

“The frontline in the conflict has been bogged down around Brega for nearly a week, with Gaddafi’s advantage in tanks and artillery cancelled out by NATO-led air strikes which effectively back the rebels,” but mow the stalemate has been broken:

News and Analysis (4/4/11)

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Congressional moves that make a civilian trial for Guantánamo detainees impossible:

As rumors emerge that Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam is “proposing a compromise resolution to the country’s civil war involving the Libyan leader relinquishing power to a new constitutional democracy” …

… a Swedish economist argues that while the foreign intervention may not be saving any civilians, but it is prolonging the Libyan civil war:

“Rev. Hermen Shastri, said the proposal did not address the group’s call to revoke a long-standing government order that deems the Malay-language Bible a threat to national security”:

As the protests in Afghanistan continue to grow–with one death and twenty wounded–more details about Terry Jones’s authoritarian hold on his tiny cult emerge:

A Bangladeshi strike turn violent as the opposition accuses government’s new inheritance laws of violating the Qur’an while Shakh Hasina “insists that the new rules are in line with Islam and says the hard-line group is deliberately manipulating people’s religious feelings to destabilize the country”:

In the latest in”the latest in a series of apparent “rogue” attacks by Afghan security forces on their mentors”:

The U.S. reluctance to make a public statement against Saleh is understandable after having alienated half of the population with its support of the autocrat; but what happens next?