News and Analysis (12/18/13)

“Most political observers attribute the raids to a deepening feud between Erdogan and the Gulen Movement, a powerful Islamic organization whose leader, Fethullah Gulen, lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania.” Gulen accuses Erdogan of an increasing authoritarianism and refers to him as “The Pharaoh”:

Three members of the NYPD appointed advisory board resigned in protest, but the award is just a symptom of immigrant Muslims’ misconception that the way to influence policy in America is to cozy up to the powerful as they did in their home countries rather than to organize the grass roots:

“The accusations seem to be in connection with Morsy’s escape from prison during the 2011 uprising that ousted longtime leader Hosni Mubarak”:

With pro-regime TV stations augmenting their smears of the Muslim Brotherhood with gratuitous attacks on Jews …

… “The Pulse of Freedom” will be the slogan of a new Muslim Brotherhood television channel with an Istanbul HQ, to be “called Rabaa TV – named after the location in Cairo of the massive sit in by pro-Mursi supporters eventually dispersed with serious loss of life by security forces”:

Belhaj denies that the anti-Gaddafi dissidents whom he was tortured into fingering by the MI6/CIA operation had any connection to terrorism:

The lawyer for the accused in the Woolwich murder trial told the jury that the accused planned their act as “a military operation … and their target in that operation was a British soldier, and only a British soldier, no one else”:

A setback for Jonathan Goodluck, “accused of condoning massive corruption and fueling divisions in the party and the country as it confronts a bloody Islamic uprising …, ongoing deadly ethno-religious clashes … and renewed militancy in the oil-rich south along with crippling oil thefts by armed gangs believed to benefit politicians”:

The American Academic Studies Association cites “Israel’s violation of international law and UN resolutions; the documented impact of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian scholars and students; [and] the extent to which Israeli institutions of higher education are a party to state policies that violate human rights”:

“A team representing this militia contacted our authorities to say that they no longer want to stay in their camps, and that they’ve run out of food. They want to come out. Are they being sincere or not, no one can say for sure” — government spokesman Guy Simplice …

… but do negotiations stand a chance? “At each meeting the Muslims put forward their wounds and the Christians put forward their wounds. And when you put those wounds side by side, there is just blood that flows” — Bishop Nongo Aziagbia:

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