News and Analysis (1/8/14)

“ErdoÄŸan argues that a judiciary and police in the sway of the Hizmet (Service) movement of Fethullah Gülen contrived a graft investigation that is shaking his administration. The police website said the deputy head of the national police … and provincial chiefs … were removed from their posts”:

“The charges are often vague. The evidence is elusive. Arrests come swiftly, and the convictions follow. And there is little transparency in what analysts have called the harshest political crackdown in Egypt in decades. But many Egyptians say they’re all right with that” …

… and some aren’t. “The Brotherhood’s legal representatives in London say the move represents only the opening salvo of an extended legal campaign against Egypt’s military-led government. They face an uphill battle, as Egypt has not ratified the ICC’s founding charter and the court cannot intervene without the government’s consent”:

“Iran denounced the US suggestion that it play a role on the sidelines of the second United Nations Syria peace conference this month because the minimal role ‘does not respect its dignity….’ But with skyrocketing sectarian violence throughout the region, … Iran’s active involvement in the region is seen as increasingly important”:

“If you put the shoe on the other foot and said we’re going to have one Christian character that represents all Christians, the ridiculousness would be obvious right away…. It’s patently impossible for a Muslim character to represent ‘all Muslims.’ … I hope people will be pleasantly surprised” – G. Willow Wilson, scriptwriter:


“[O]ur community is only further marginalized when U.S. policymakers view Muslim moderates as only those who support American policies in the Muslim world…. Al Qaeda’s nightmare is the image of a well-integrated American Muslim community in the U.S. — socially, economically and politically”:


“When Qutaiba Satem, a 19-year-old engineering student, drove an explosives-laden car into a Shiite suburb of Beirut last week and blew himself up, he became the first Lebanese Sunni to commit an apparently sectarian-driven suicide bombing against Shiite civilians in Lebanon“:

“When pressed by BLT about which passage in the Koran condoned rape as a form of punishment, Bylund said he did not know. ‘I’m not sure exactly. I don’t know exactly what’s stated in the Koran, but it’s been shown that that’s the case.’ Jan Hjärpe, a professor of Islamic studies at Lund University, rejected the Sweden Democrat’s claim”:

“El-Motawa says 20-year-old Hakeem el-Oraybi was playing in a televised match when the November 2012 incident took place in which dozens of Shiite protesters attacked a police station in the capital, Manama”:

“The opening of an Israeli detention facility for African migrants has sparked alarm and led to a rare show of strength in Tel Aviv protests”

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