News and Analysis (12/16/13)

Her husband was the “kind of guy most girls dream about and pray for: good-looking, fun-loving, and well-educated”, but now he is serving 23 years in a dreaded CMU, and she considers her husband “a political prisoner of pre-emptive prosecution”, and feels abandoned by her own Muslim community:

Against the background of the agreement on a technocratic interim government, Rachid Ghannouchi grants an interview to the Washington Post:

“[F]or all the supposed determination of the United States and its allies since 9/11 to fight “the war on terror”, they have showed astonishing restraint when it comes to pressuring Saudi Arabia and the Gulf monarchies to turn off the financial tap that keeps the jihadists in business”:

“Ahmad was arrested in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore last month when two men posing as patients questioned him about his faith and used mobile phones to secretly record him reading a verse from the Holy Quran. ‘He (the patient) said you are like a father to me, please help me with some questions,’ and when he “answered, they began beating him and dragged him outside”:

A “lawyer and relative of some of the defendants, said he would appeal the verdict. He described it as the “continuation of a series of sectarian rulings,” adding that few Muslims are ever held responsible for violence against Christians” …

… and a Muslim boy, charged with possession a subversive ruler,  has spent three weeks “in an adult jail while he awaits the start of legal proceedings – even though Egyptian legislation sets criminal penalties for officials who detain children with adult prisoners” and two of his teachers have also now been placed under investigation” …

… but although both secularist and Islamist groups “have dared to publicly challenge what they say are growing abuses by the country’s military and government[, they] … do not work together”:

“Two Guantanamo Bay prisoners [who were never charged with anything] have been transferred to Saudi Arabia as part of a renewed effort to close the offshore U.S. prison”:

“How a possible thaw with the West is viewed in Iran – on the factory floor, at Friday prayers, and in government suites”:

The French display their gall by demanding the EU pay for their new imperialist adventures:






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