Archive for March, 2014

News and Analysis (3/5/14)

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

“Egyptian prosecutors have also charged Hamas officials with espionage and terrorism – and suggested that Hamas helped to engineer Egypt’s 2011 revolution” that toppled dictator Husni Mubarak …

… and in their zeal break the arm of a U.S. peace activist who “intended to meet up with international delegates before traveling to Gaza for a women’s conference”:

“There’s a third party to Syria’s civil conflict, and it may be the only one to emerge somewhat victorious from the war.  As President Bashar al-Assad’s grip has loosened, the roughly 2 million Kurds in Syria’s northeast have made their strongest bid yet to break away from Damascus”:

The recording supports allegations that Erdogan has interfered in the judicial process; in turn, government officials accuse Fethullah Gulen’s network of “illegally tapping thousands of telephones in Turkey for years to concoct criminal cases against its enemies and try to influence government affairs”:

“Decades of dictatorship in Myanmar produced a deep catalogue of casualties: slain dissidents, land mine victims and economic ruin, to name a few. A lesser-known casualty of Myanmar’s totalitarian rule? Facts… Myanmar’s Muslims are much more plentiful than the old military regime ever admitted”:

“Muslim clerics have become some of the most vocal critics of the killings, women’s groups say. Sheik Yousef Ideis, head of the Palestinian Islamic-law court, has … said that the killings are a discriminatory practice that violates the teachings of the” Qur’an, adding Islam fought the pre-Islamic tradition”:

“I am a queer woman. I am a feminist. And I believe that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is Allah’s messenger. Yeah, it’s the third one that usually gets the record-scratch reaction…. I do not speak for Islam. I do not speak for Muslims. I speak for one Muslim: myself”:

“Egypt’s armed forces chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signaled on Tuesday that he will run for president, saying he cannot ignore the “majority” of Egyptians who want him to do so”:

“The unprecedented move by the three states … [is] the clearest sign yet of the rift between Gulf Arab nations and Qatar, which has been a staunch supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and elsewhere”:

“[T]aking the death toll from three days of attacks to 116 as soldiers struggle to contain raging violence”:

News and Analysis (3/3/14)

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

A Karachi judge, ignorant of the fact that Islamic law distinguishes between rape (a crime of aggression) and zina (a sex crime), rejected DNA evidence of rape as mere “medical facts” without forensic meaning, but a recent Supreme Court ruling orders routine DNA collection and assigning female officers to cases:

Hamid Karzai was in the midst of negotiating a security agreement with the United States when he met a 4-year-old girl who had lost half her face in an American airstrike. … ‘I wished she were dead, so she could be buried with her parents and brothers and sisters’ — 14 of whom had been killed in the attack”:

“This … reconstruction — based on eyewitness interviews, visits to the scene, first-hand observation on Aug. 14, and an examination of video and photographic evidence — shows that thousands of peaceful demonstrators were trapped inside the camp as security forces mounted often indiscriminate attacks” …

… while two policemen whose murder of an activist in 2010 is “seen as the spark that led to the uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak” have had their previouly cancelled sentence of seven years in prison upped to ten years…

… but in the courtroom of the Mubarak and Mursi trials, while the engraving on the judge’s desk says “‘Justice is the Foundation of Governing,’ … foreign journalists can’t be accompanied by translators. Family members of the accused have been barred from attending” …

China blames Uigher separatists for the terrorist attack, but Uighers condemn the attack:

Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad was influenced by “One Flew over the Cuckoos’ Nest” to never give up on fighting oppression. “They can make your life miserable if you don’t obey the rules, but they can’t kill your spirit,’ he says. ‘It awoke my spirit'”:

“Amnesty International has said he is a ‘prisoner of conscience’ but the UAE government says he is connected to a group plotting its overthrow….  His son Hassan told the BBC: ‘My father is innocent. There is no evidence against him except what was secured under torture'”:

As the recently retired diplomat warns “that a fractured rebellion, the presence of Al Qaeda inspired fighters on the battlefield, and the fears of the country’s minorities are a recipe for prolonged conflict” …

… the Saudi Cabinet demands that foreign forces “face international justice if they committed war crimes there.” Aware “that Saudi militants in Syria could turn their weapons on the kingdom” it ‘renews its firm position condemning terrorism in all its forms’:

The federal law that prohibits religious infringement by zoning regulations requires victims to first exhaust all other remedies, but the Washington state laws make religious exemptions optional, not mandatory. Appellants may win in federal court, but who will pay the $23,000 bill from the state litigation?

“It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack, which came two days after the Pakistan Taliban announced a month-long ceasefire aimed at restarting stalled peace talks with the government”: