Archive for June, 2011

News and Analysis (6/8/11)

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

In Saleh’s absence, the “opposition coalition, the Joint Meeting Party (JMP) …  includes the main Islamist Islah party, socialists, Nasserists and some newer independent parties.” Beyond the general objective of a political solution to the crisis, “details of the expected duration or specific areas of negotiation remain unclear”:

As Syrians flee to Turkey in fear of retribution for the deaths of Syrian soldiers, “France 24 issued a statement saying it was possible the station had been manipulated and said it would sue those responsible if so”:

The ADL says the man behind the ‘mosque study” is also behind “Anti-Muslim, Anti-Immigration And Anti-Black Materials, As Well As New World Order-Style Conspiracy Theories” and “Proposed Legislation That Furthering Or Supporting Adherence To Shari’a ‘Shall Be A Felony Punishable By 20 Years In Prison”:

Officiating at Weiner’s wedding, Bill Clinton warned it is “easy to distrust [politicians], whatever their religion.” Weiner’s defense of  Zionist brutality should have been a red-flag to his Muslim bride:

While women in the revolt complain that “the rebels appointed only one woman to the interim administration in their de facto capital of Benghazi”:

The postponement of elections in Mindanao is popular, but the postponement of elections in Tunisia aimed at giving 81 new parties a chance to organize could be a slippery slope for the nascent democracy:

“Gingrich’s changing relationship with the Muslim community mirrors a similar evolution in the Republican Party at large”:

“The Brotherhood has built its considerable following, and honed its impressive organizational wherewithal, by striving in the shadows against a police state’s full force,” but its newly recognized political arm, operating in the open, will require new skills:

She used someone else’s Facebook photo and none of her “friends” has ever met her in person:

News and Analysis (6/7/11)

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

With the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party finally legalized, the secular opposition should stop trying to postpone democracy and learn from the MB’s ability to organize support in adverse conditions instead of whining about it:

As Bahrain’s crown prince visits the White House, a horrific story of torture emerges …

… “Bahrain’s takeover of medical services following widespread anti-government protests …  many argue effectively is denying medical care to many of the Shiite Muslim majority on the island”:

A “key figure behind the initiative to ban circumcision” openly displays his bigotry, as defenders of individual rights denounce the “affront to medical science, to the sacred relationship between physicians and the moms and dads with whom they are making this choice, and … would undermine the constitutional right to the free exercise of religion”:

Critics of Malaysia’s Obedient Wives’ Club worry that its tenets, while not unreasonable, are unbalanced and might perpetuate “ignorance of Muslim women’s rights and their ability to exercise them;” the Qur’an urges women “to think, to question, to learn. A wife, in Muslim teachings, is the leader of the home and her family within”:

“The violence underscores fears of increasing instability in the Arab world’s most impoverished country days after President Ali Abdullah Saleh left for neighboring Saudi Arabia to seek treatment for wounds he suffered Friday in a rocket attack on his compound in … the Yemeni capital”:

Perhaps more Stephen Colbert than Jon Stewart,the heart surgeon turned humorist is out to prove that even “after the revolution … Egypt is still pretty hilarious”:

As the U.N. considers “creating separate terrorism blacklists for al-Qaida and the Taliban” to spur possible Afghan peace talks,” “counter-intelligence officials believe” Pakistani Taliban threats to avenge the bin Ladin assassination are exaggerated, despite their links “to two overseas failed attacks” including the “bomb in Times Square last year”:

The Iranian ambassador compares FIFA’s rule to to “Afghanistan’s Taliban restrictions on women in sports”:

News and Analysis (6/6/11)

Monday, June 6th, 2011

With a child among the peaceful demonstrators killed by Israel:

Reports of the rebels’ offers to recognize the apartheid state once in power come as the ICC  is “‘investigating reports of unlawful arrest, mistreatment and killing’ of sub-Saharan African civilians wrongly perceived to be mercenaries'”:

While it is not yet certain that the Yemeni president’s departure is permanent, the possibility that it may be “injects new uncertainty into counterterrorism operations that were already hampered by the country’s bloody internal strife”:

“The king appears to be taking a softer stand against the demonstrators than in recent weeks, when riot police clashed with protesting crowds, allegedly beating them with batons”:

Grassroots Americans organize to counter the fear-mongering of politicians:

An International Republican Institute survey indicates Egyptians are more concerned about prosperity than democracy and that only 15% are influenced by religious leaders:

As the British government wrestles with how to deal with nonviolent Muslim groups that “do not subscribe to core British values of democracy, human rights and tolerance of other religions,” a civil society organization seeks to refute those who “purport to use the Qur’an to justify terrorism and domestic violence” and “to put pressure on Muslim leaders to confront what Khan says are currently ‘taboo’ subjects”:

Harvard’s Abraham Path Initiative is “like a personal crash course in the complexity of modern Islam and the geopolitics of the Arab world”:

In the wake of Syrian reports of 35 deaths at the hands of armed gangs yesterday:

News and Analysis (6/2/11)

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

“The gender-segregated station is an oddity in a country where Gadhafi’s mix of personality cult and authoritarian, socialist-style rule has pushed women to break cultural taboos, even as it savagely prevents other freedoms”:

“Religious pluralism may be inferred from the Qur’an itself and the abundant commentary literature on it from the early centuries of Islam” but “roughly after the ninth century, this pluralist impulse began to be progressively diluted and compromised”:

With 15 more reported dead as Syrian troops renew their attacks, “Hakim Al Masmari, editor of the Yemen Post, told Al Jazeera that an estimated 2,000 additional fighters ‘armed and ready to fight’ have entered Sanaa to reinforce the Hashed confederation” against the Saleh regime:

“A representative of Syria’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood on Thursday dismissed President Bashar Assad’s declaration of a pardon, saying the Syrian leader should be seeking ‘amnesty from the people for himself’:

Civil society institutions  in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao have no faith in the electoral process in thePhillipines:

News and Analysis (6/1/11)

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

“The Syrian authorities have announced a full inquiry into the death of a 13-year-old boy who has become a symbol for the continuing uprising against President Bashar al-Assad”:

Ending the mystery, Ghanim delares he resigned “because of the “unbearable” violence in Libya” and that he is throwing in his lot with “the choice of Libyan youth to create a modern constitutional state respecting human rights and building a better future for all Libyans”:

Is Saleh losing control?

Critics call Ahmadinejad’s self appointment as “caretaker oil minister … an unconstitutional power grab”:

“Mubarak could face the death penalty if convicted on charge of ‘pre-mediated killing’- or having played a part in a crackdown that left more than 800 demonstrators dead”:


Libya’s oil chief Ghanem defects, in Rome now