Archive for November, 2012

News and Analysis (11/5/12)

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Noting that Mitt is Romney’s middle name, Barak Hussein Obama jokes,  “I wish I could use my middle name.” Although “many more Muslims voted for Bush than Al Gore” in 2000, the tendency of Republican candidates to resort to inflammatory language against Muslims to pander to their base “may come back to bite them”:

“[T]he one single issue unites both Arab and Muslim Americans is how the president of the United States deals with the Arab Israeli conflict and whether he can or cannot implement the U.S. policy position of having a two-state solution in Israel and Palestine”:

“Despite never having been charged with any crime, an Air Force veteran is effectively exiled from his own country”:

Although he is 60, the new Coptic pope’s stress on “the importance of listening to young people and including them in the decision making processes” puts him on the right side of an Egyptian generational divide ultimately more significant that the sectarian split between his church and the newly elected Islamists:

“Iranian actresses, when participating in international events, are faced with the dilemma of appearing in Muslim clothing in a western setting or opting for more revealing attire, which can lead to complications when they return home”:

As a “suicide car bomber killed at least 50 Syrian security men in Hama province on Monday … in what would be one of the bloodiest single attacks on President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in the 20-month-old uprising”:

“Within a day after the Friday broadcast of the interview, Palestinians in [Hamas controlled] Gaza … burned posters of Mr. Abbas which were labeled as ‘traitor,’ and Mr. Abbas was forced to do damage control by telling Arabic language newspapers that he had only spoken on a personal level and there had been no change in the Palestinian position”:

“Channel 2’s disclosures came as a respected Israeli thinktank” published a scenario of a war game simulation outcome in which “Israel does not inform the US of its operation until after its launch. Iran reacts by launching around 200 missiles at Israel, and urging its proxies Hezbollah and Hamas to do likewise” but carefully avoids any US targets:

“Fresh reports from witnesses and victims of communal violence in western Myanmar indicate that tensions have spread beyond the earlier conflict between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims to target other Muslim groups”:

News and Analysis (11/3/12)

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Hillary Clinton’s “warning to rebel groups to be careful from whom they accept help” evokes a contemptuous response of “Tell the Americans ‘thanks for the binoculars'”:

A Pakistani lawyer takes on the daunting task of representing 83 “families who claim to be victims of drone attacks”:

The intensive media coverage of the Taliban’s attempt to murder a child defender of female education is a stark contrast to “the complete disregard of countless children killed as ‘collateral damage’ in the Global War On Terror (GWOT) … and the recent deadly drone attacks” which have killed over 60 children:

“Many of these trials have been politically motivated and marred by serious due process violations. The Ethiopian authorities should allow systematic independent trial monitoring, including by human rights organizations, throughout the trial” — Laetitia Bader of Human Rights Watch:

As Syrian rebels seize an airbase,  “a group of about 50 former lawyers and judges” try to restore the rule of law to Aleppo:

“Though U.S. rules have always permitted American firms to sell medicine and medical supplies to Iran, exporters have been required to apply for special licenses”:

Defining “conservative chic,” Turkey attracts women from all over the Middle East:

As Abbas continuous to cave before the Israelis, “saying he had no permanent claim on the town from which he was driven as a child during the 1948 war of the Jewish state’s founding”…

… the Christian patriarch hangs tough and warns that if the Israeli utility company does not honor the church’s traditional exemption from water bills, the church will close:

As violence continues in Sinai …

… “Israeli officials have … expressed concern that the frontier region could turn into a lawless area like Egypt’s Sinai desert, where Islamic militants have gained strength since the ouster last year of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak”:


News and Analysis (11/1/12)

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Israeli “action against Iran would severely limit the ability of American forces in the region to mount their own operations against the Iranian nuclear programme by cutting off vital logistical support from Gulf Arab allies”:

As the US loses faith in the current structure of Syrian leadership …

… more Syrians turn to militant Islamic extremists for redress …

… but others turn to education for a long-term solution:

The lawsuit claims that the 53-year-old who “was shot 20 times by [FBI] agents during an undercover sting operation that took place after a three-year counterterrorism investigation” actually “was unarmed and never fired at the agents”:

“In a letter to U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, lawyers for the defendants say televising the trial is the only way to dispel what they call “pervasive” mistrust of American military tribunals”:

“Though it is unclear just what the teacher said, more than 200 people ransacked the school, set a nearby car on fire, and graffitied the phrase ‘school management are blasphemers’ on the wall of the Farooqi Girls’s High School, which is considered one of the better schools in Lahore”:

After thoroughly delving into the sources of Islamic law “to understand the concept of marriage in Islam,” the Jammu-Kashmir High Court concluded that it “provides for a mechanism to end or dissolve the relationship in such case, yet the device of divorce is to be used as the last option when the marital relations have irretrievably broken down”:

“Many observers — both Western and Afghan — were worried Karzai wants to remain in power or appoint a proxy from his family circle to be a candidate in the elections. His family is thought to have profited from his position as president although allegations against them have never been proven”:

After 24 years, the Israelis admit they assassinated Arafat’s deputy …

… should we expect a similar revelation about Arafat’s death in 2029?

“[S]taggering, even for a country whose politicians and government agencies are generally acknowledged to be among the most corrupt in the world” the auditors figures imply “$38.4 billion is illegally laundered and sent abroad every year.” That’s “65 percent of the $60 billion US taxpayers have spent on reconstruction of the country since 2003”: