News and Analysis (10/2/13)

“A federal judge on Tuesday revisited at a decades-old court settlement restricting how the New York Police Department conducts surveillance after civil rights lawyers accused the department of breaking those rules by monitoring Muslims”:

As Rouhani tweets, he works to free his fellow Iranian to get online, while thye Parliament back his efforts to resokve the nuclear impass:

In England, a government funded Islamic school is under suspicion but France’s privately funded Averroès High School is one of the country’s best:

Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has written to all states today asking them to ‘ensure that no innocent Muslim youth is wrongfully detained in the name of terror.’ The main opposition party, the BJP, has objected strongly to the directive” arguning that not detaining innocent Muslims :is against democracy and against secularism” …

… so it is not surprising that despite BJP’s attempt to recruit “Muslim Congressmen and other political and religious leaders … most Muslim leaders have reportedly declined the offer realising that they had only ‘trophy value’ for Chief Minister Narendra Modi that would last till the 2014 Lok Sabha elections”:

“Farooq Murad, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: ‘It highlights the true spirit and reality of Islam in Britain, in caring not just for the community but also humanity at large and supporting national causes'”:

“The formation of the Army of Islam in the capital’s eastern fringe under Zahran Alloush, leader of the group Liwa al-Islam, strengthens Salafist jihadis owing allegiance to Riyadh against … al Qaeda’s jihadists, many of them foreign, who want to drive Westerners from the Middle East and unite Muslims in a single state”:

The legacy of American intervention in Iraq continues ..

… and the specter of the execution of Osama Bin Laden emerges. He opposed admitting Somalia’s al-Shabab into al-Qaeda because “they imposed unduly harsh penalties on ‘those whose offences are ambiguous’,” but Ayman al-Zawahiri “is less concerned with al-Shabab’s shortcomings. Less than a year after Bin Laden’s death, Zawahiri welcomed al-Shabab into the fold”:

“[T]wo issues have emerged as potential ‘deal breakers’, President Hamid Karzai’s spokesman, Aimal Faizi, told reporters late on Tuesday. One is a U.S. desire to run independent counter-terrorism missions in Afghanistan after 2014, Faizi said. The other was a U.S. refusal to agree to a wide-reaching promise to protect Afghanistan from foreign aggression”:

Anti-Muslim riots shook western Myanmar Tuesday with a mob of hundreds setting homes ablaze and stabbing a 94-year-old woman to death, police said, as President Thein Sein made a rare visit to the region…

… while the barbaric terrorists of Boko Haram are pitted against the inadequately trained, poorly equipped and ill-disciplined Nigerian army:

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