News and Analysis (9/20/13)

The newly elected president  said, “We want the people in their private life to be completely free,”and pledged to create a citizens’ rights commission “in the near future” …

… in an op-ed piece for the Washington Post he talks the talk …

… and he has taken concrete steps to show he can walk the walk …

… while rejecting both nuclear weapons and Israeli hypocrisy on weapons of mass destruction …

… so might one of America’s only two lawmakers accompany Obama to meet Rouhani? …

… and can he help end the Syrian civil war?

It is common for factions to turn against one another once a civil war has overthrown the regime, but when the killing starts before meeting their common objective, that is an ominous sign indeed:

Russia UN Ambassador Vitally “Churkin said that besides the incident in Ghouta the UN mission, which was led by Swedish professor Ake Sellstrom, should investigate other instances of alleged use of chemical weapons ‘including the incident on March 19 near Aleppo as well as incidents of intoxication of Syrian government troops on August 22 and 24-25′”:

Under pressure for its chemical and nuclear weapons policies as well its illegal occupation policies, Israel resorts to abusing diplomats and then threatens to file a complaint against one of its victims:

“Bahrain’s main Shiite opposition group is defying a ban by the island’s Sunni government to have direct contacts with foreign diplomats”:

Nearly 200 clerics say, “The U.S. does not condone torture, but torture has been done by our citizens and in our country’s name. Our national security would be improved by restoring the world’s respect for U.S. integrity on human rights and adherence to the rule of law”:

The small number of British Muslim women who choose to wear the niqab make it clear that what is at stake in the proposed ban is a matter of individual rights:

A Saudi film director pulls back the veil between Western stereotypes and the nuances of her country’s conservative culture:

“The Muslim world’s current turmoil has one key cause that is rooted in neither religious ideology nor sectarian struggle. In Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey, rapidly growing and increasingly assertive middle classes want a say in politics and greater economic opportunity”:






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