News and Analysis (1/3/14)

“The charge that the Brotherhood has links to Ansar Beit al-Maqdis is central to the government’s case for labeling the group … as a terrorist organization. The confession is the first purported piece of hard evidence …. to make the link. Human rights advocates say that police frequently use torture and … coercion to produce confessions”….

… and the government’s witch hunt against the Muslim Brotherhood .ow targets demonstrators, journalists, and even puppets:

Is the sanctity of privacy in the Sharia the reason for Karzai’s hard line against the drones? “[P]roperty is immune from invasion, … [and] no one, including the state, is allowed to enter or inspect a private residence without prior permission of the resident or holding a court order” — Article 38 of the Afghani constitution:

The law against Christian use of “Allah” spawns a book banning fever as the attempted intimidation of a Catholic newspaper by Muslim groups (whose coalition chairman had recently denied any problems between Muslims and Christians in Sengalor prompts the police to assure the latter of its safety:

As an American group adds it voice to the criticism of the Upper Pradesh government’s handling of the Muzaffarnagar communal riots, the UP government signals it may backs down from its prosecutorial intimidation of Muslim leaders:

Two teenagers learn the hard way just how absurd Islamophobic propaganda that a burka makes the ideal disguise for those engaged in criminal activity really is:

“Democracy is a regime of rules and institutions which is based upon the separation of powers. It is our common responsibility to avoid behaviors that could harm the understanding and perception of an independent and impartial judiciary,”  declares Turkish President Abdullah Gul …

… as a court issues an injunction halting the government’s decision to bar journalists from police buildings:

A Saudi national held in connection with the Iranian embassy bombing for which an al-Qaida linked group claimed responsibility has been identified as the group’s leader by his DNA:

The leader of the splinter rebel faction insists the attacks had “no relation to the peace talks. We will not sabotage them,” and that “the rebels attacked because soldiers allegedly harassed Muslim farmers in the area, which [the military] denies”:

“The North African nation’s new constitution is the product of long, tortuous negotiations between the dominant Islamist party and several secular opposition parties. Of all the countries that went through an Arab Spring upheaval, Tunisia’s transition appears to be the most on track to produce a democracy”:

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