News and Analysis (9/27/13)

Well, duh:

“Mr Haji said his father taught him to use a gun to protect their cattle from bandits when he was growing up. Last Saturday, he used his skills to provide fire cover for the Kenyan Red Cross workers and … help to evacuate some of the 1,000 people who escaped the mall in the initial stages of a siege that would last three days and leave at least 72 people dead”:

“Al-Shabab has said the attack, which began Saturday, was revenge for Kenya sending troops into Somalia. But the carnage had just as much to do with the struggles inside the militia and Godane’s desire to make al-Shabab — and himself – stronger and more relevant in the global jihad against the United States and its allies, according to analysts”:

“Speaking at the UN General Assembly for the second time this week, President Hassan Rouhani called for a world disarmament conference to establish a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East.” So who could possibly be opposed to that? Oh, of course, we should have guessed …

…. meanwhile, “US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif held a brief yet historic bilateral meeting at the UN Thursday as the Security Council met to discuss Iran’s nuclear program. All sides predict future talks will be ‘substantive’ and ‘ambitious’”:

“Philippine government troops claimed more than a week ago to be mopping up a failed attempt by Muslim rebels to seize the port city of Zamboanga, but news media report continuing clashes and mounting casualties”:

“There are many more artists and writers that reflect not only a more grounded portrayal of Muslims and Arabs but also deeply human one”:

“The compromise draft resolution, seen by Reuters, makes the measure legally binding but provides for no means of automatic enforcement with sanctions or military force.  …[I]f Syria fails tocomply with the resolution, the council would impose punitive measures under Chapter 7, which would require a second resolution that Russia could veto”:

“In a way, Siegel’s documentary operates as a companion piece to ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler….’ According to Siegel, Ali frequently analyzed how African Americans were viewed by the white majority in the mid-1960s. His investigations led him to the Muslim faith, which he viewed as an aggressive vehicle for necessary change”:

“If Lewthwaite indeed embraced the jihadi cause, it would mark a chilling turnaround for the apparently grieving widow who originally condemned the London transit bombings and criticized her late husband, Jermaine Lindsay, for taking part”:






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