News and Analysis (12/20/13)

The judge says the Guantanamo detainee needs a mental evaluation before the trial can proceed; but was it torture that drive him crazy? …

… yet in England a “prominent Libyan dissident cannot pursue his ‘well-founded’ claim that he was unlawfully abducted in a joint MI6-CIA operation, and later tortured, because to do so would damage Britain’s relations with the US”:

Having gone after the Islamists and the liberals, the regime now turns on the leftists, while clearing Shafiq and Mubarak’s family members and prime minister …

… while news leaks about Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s megalomaniacal dreams only add to his popularity among the masses yearning for a new Pharaoh:

The jurors did not buy the assassins’ claims that the were soldiers of war …

… and ditto for “two ex-soldiers who firebombed a mosque four days after the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby”:

“Iranian experts [are] concerned Congress could sabotage final deal”:

“The corruption investigation has targeted people close to the administration of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, including three sons of cabinet ministers. Mr Erdogan has denounced the inquiry as a ‘dirty operation’ against his government”:

LSE’s pro-director for teaching and learning, Prof Paul Kelly, said, “If somebody is wearing a racist or violent or gory T-shirt, that would be a totally different situation. But [it’s different] when you are wearing an innocuous T-shirt that does not offend or harass anyone, not even by the most stringent standards”:

“’You want to transfer an entire population,’ MK Hanna Swaid (Hadash) said. Committee chairwoman MK Miri Regev (Likud) responded, ‘Yes, as the Americans did to the Indians’”:

Syrian activists are victimized by both the state and the rebels:

Muslims in Myanmar remain “stateless because the country’s 1982 Citizenship Act deprives them of citizenship rights further exasperating their struggle for survival. To be sure, the human rights violations committed against the Rohingya and other Muslims are widespread and systematic with no accountability” …

… and other facts you need to know abut the persecution of the Rohingya:






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