News and Analysis (11/20/13)

As the differences between Iran and the U.S. narrow, the prospects for a deal grow, and attention turns to the danger of hardliners in either country spoiling the deal:

“Officials and residents of typhoon-ravaged towns in Leyte and Samar appreciated the influx of local and foreign humanitarian missions, hailing particularly the delegations from the Muslim Mindanao region that they admittedly expected least because of lingering misperceptions raging from cultural differences to poverty and socio-political woes”:

“A Bosnian court on Tuesday released 10 Bosnian Serb war crimes convicts, including six jailed for genocide, because it applied the wrong criminal code during their trials”:

Afghanistan says “any deal would need to include a public apology for past mistakes by American forces from the US government,” but Susan Rice insists, “There is not a need for the United States to apologise to Afghanistan”:

“A pair of suicide … bombings were the latest in a string of attacks against strongholds of the Shiite militant Hezbollah, as the war in neighboring Syria bleeds into its tiny coastal neighbor. The blasts underscore the ever-growing sectarian nature of the conflict and highlight how regional involvement in the Syrian crisis is blowing back in a myriad of ways”:

The UAE is prosecuting people on charges that include donating and raising money for the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood durnig the election, forming a local branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, and an “few of the suspects were also accused of stealing classified information from a flash drive that belonged to a State Security Department official” …

… while in Egypt police fire teargas to clear Tahrir Square and Egyptian athletes are being persecuted by the state for flashing the four finger salute that “commemorates the deaths of hundreds of Morsi supporters in mid-August in clashes that erupted when troops cleared two sit-ins in the capital Cairo” …

… and the violence against the state continues in Sinai:

“The director of the president’s office, Maj. Zaw Htay, said steps were being taken to address the issue, and the opposition party headed by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi accused the rights committee of “interfering” in the country’s internal affairs

“The torture continues, unfair trials continue. Nearly 3,000 people are in jail and the numbers increase all the time” – Sheikh Ali Salman, who “has been charged with insulting the interior ministry through an exhibition about alleged human rights abuses by police”:

“The election marked a major milestone for the Islamic community in Connecticut, where there are just 375 Muslim adherents per 100,000 people, according to a 2010 study of religion in the U.S. by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies”:

“Tell Mama, a hotline for recording Islamophobic crimes and incidents, found that, excluding online abuse and threats, 58% of all verified incidents between April 2012 and April 2013 were against women and that in 80% of those cases the woman was wearing a … clothing associated with Islam”:

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