Archive for June, 2013

News and Analysis (6/7/13)

Friday, June 7th, 2013

“Almost half of society voted for him, and that power has tainted him…. He lost his mind and his sense of justice. He became one man operating on his own” — Ayse Onal, journalist and former Erdogan admirer:

Obama and Udall tell different stories, but it’s not just Muslims who are victimized by Big Brother’s data-mining:

“The Jordanian government ordered that a controversial media law go into effect on Sunday, in a sudden erosion of online press freedom just days after King Abdullah promised human rights reforms”:

“[T]here’s no kind of negotiation going on to end the hunger strike. My client reports that all of his personal possessions are still confiscated, his toothbrush, his soap, his letters from home, his client-attorney letters which are privileged, that the two of us are using to communicate — has all been taken and not returned”:

“Women are lowering themselves by allowing themselves to be turned into objects, to be stared at and have their bodies measured.”Some feminist diatribe? Nope. Just Muslim hardliners for whom the Miss World Pageant’s contractual agreement to forego the bikini parade is “not enough”:

Melody Moezzi explains how it feels “to be told that you can’t be a feminist and that so many of your gentlest brothers are misogynists, criminals or worse”, and to see coreligionists slaughtered by state-sponsored terrorism “only to be called terrorists themselves for the crimes of a handful among them”:

Tony Blair’s “long held belief since the Bush-Blair invasion and occupation of Iraq that the primary driver, the root cause of terrorism, is religion and not political and social contexts and foreign policies. … is wrong headed and doomed to continue to be part of the problem not the solution”:

Mahmoud Abdel Gawad, diplomatic envoy to the grand imam of Al-Azhar says that if Pope “Francis were to accept an invitation from Coptic Orthodox pope Tawadros II to visit Egypt, he could also visit Al-Azhar. ‘At that point, relations and dialogue would be restored immediately'”:

The fighting reaches the Golan and the cost of the refugee disaster reached a record for the U.N.:

News and Analysis (6/5/13)

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

“Eight presidential candidates running in Iran’s June 14 elections are taking radically different stands on personal freedoms, women’s rights and censorship in the country’s second round of televised debates, with moderates vowing to loosen restrictions and hard-liners backing strong state intervention in people’ lives”:

As the anti-development protesters add a call for Erdogan to respect free speech and freedom of assembly to their list of demands in the wake of the documented brutality of police actions exacerbating the polarization in Turkish society …

… an observer notes, “If Erdogan is able to point out the mistakes of 1923, he shouldn’t be repeating them again in 2013” …

… and the deputy prime minister tries to diffuse the situation with a “partial apology”:

“I came here because I wanted to learn something … but I couldn’t hear because the audience was so disrespectful…. I cried when I got here. It makes me really sad especially because these people say they’re Christians. The God I worship doesn’t teach hate” – Elaine Smith, 55, of Bedford County:

“[L]aws need to change…. Punishment by prison for anything related to ideas is in conflict with freedom” —  Sami Triki, a lawyer and member of Ennahda’s executive committee:

“According to Egyptian law, NGOs have to be formally registered with the government. However, critics argue that the relevant legislation is ambiguous. Under article 5 of the current law regulating civil society, organisations which do not receive a response to their registration within 60 days are deemed to be legal”:

The possibility that McCain unwittingly posed for a photo-op with a member of a terrorist group only not as serious as the “evidence that weapons that were sent to Syrian fighters in a joint US-Saudi-Jordanian operation ended up within months in the hands of” such terrorist groups as Jabhat al-Nusra:

“The shootings marked the worst case of civilian slaughter blamed on a rogue U.S. soldier since the Vietnam War and further eroded strained U.S.-Afghan relations after more than a decade of conflict in that country”:

“A spokesman said the letters EDL (English Defence League) were sprayed on to the building, used by the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association. London Mayor Boris Johnson called the attack ‘cowardly and pathetic'”:

“In their latest report, they said they had received allegations that Syrian government forces and rebels had used the banned weapons, but most testimony related to their use by state force”:

News and Analysis (6/2/13)

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

“The former soldier, who apologised at sentencing for his crimes, said he wasn’t seeking sympathy nor trying to justify his actions – killings prosecutors described at trial in 2009 as one of the worst crimes of the Iraq war” but that being sent to a war zone had driven him “crazy”:

The AKP repression of peaceful dissent is exhausting their political capital:

“Analysts said Sunday’s ruling seemed likely to irritate both sides in Egypt‘s political conflict: the Islamists would be angry that the chamber’s legitimacy had been rejected, and the opposition would be annoyed that the house was not dissolved”:

Evidence mounts that the rebels possess the chemical weapons that may have been used in the Syrian conflict:

Funny, they don’t look Jewish:

The disgraceful explanation  why the Senate would vote 99-0 for a resolution to “impose secondary penalties on US allies”, lower the bar for war with Iran and interfere “with the attempt to reach a diplomatic resolution to the nuclear impasse at a delicate time”:

Iran drops even a pretense at free and fair elections:

“Zaytuna both fills a gap in U.S. higher education and follows tradition. Harvard trained men for the clergy in its early days. Yale was founded by a clergyman. Many highly ranked universities today remain affiliated with a faith, including Baylor (Baptist), Brandeis (Jewish) and Brigham Young (Mormon)”:

For the Lebanese Parliament, the spillover of war from Syria is an excuse to keep hold of power: