News and Analysis (12/9/13)

“It was the first time in more than two years that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had been allowed to go to the Arak heavy water production plant, which is designed to supply a research reactor under construction nearby”:

In England, “Jordan Horner, 19, Ricardo McFarlane, 26, and a third man who can’t be named for legal reasons yesterday pleaded guilty to a variety of charges, including actual bodily harm and affray” …

… while in Brooklyn a Christian man is acquitted after defending himself from a Jewish “patrol” who mistook him for a Muslim:

“During the same week that the state informed the High Court of its intention to retroactively approve four illegal outposts built partially on private Palestinian land, the comments by the justice minister and the public security minister about classifying settler”:

The reduced sentences for the women harshly sentenced for peacefully demonstrating against the military signals no change of heart by the regime:

“Mohammad al-Jassim, a lawyer for the defense team, hailed Monday’s verdict as a political “turning point” for Kuwait”:

“I think of how as a Muslim, Widad could trace her faith back to this story of God seeing Hagar, a woman at the margins. I think of how I can trace my faith back to the story of God also seeing another woman at the margins: Mary, the poor, teenage mother of Jesus”:

“More and more American Muslims find themselves at odds with the culture in their mosque communities, particularly as many of these places of worship retain strong ties to homelands that self-identified American Muslims may not relate to”:

Erdogan has lost support from liberals, Gulen movement members and even from some within his own party:

“A senior Palestinian official said the United States was asking Palestinians to make security concessions in peace talks with Israel in order to silence the Jewish state’s criticism of world power diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear program”:

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