New and Analysis (1/17/14)

“It comes as no surprise: the constitution won wide support among Egyptians who backed the army overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi in July, and there was little or no trace of a no campaign as the state presses a campaign on dissent” …

… and now pious Egyptian women may be the new shock troops for democratic reform, for the “Islamist Muslim Brotherhood has for decades provided women with far more opportunities for civic participation and economic security than the secular government did”:

Edina Lekovic … works for the Muslim Public Affairs Council and sits on a regional Islamic advisory board in Southern California. She goes to mosques a lot for meetings and Friday prayers….  She covers her hair and doesn’t mind from men as is Islamic custom. But entering through a different door?”:

The “mother of four with a doctorate from Stanford University, was waiting to board a flight from San Francisco to Hawaii en route to Malaysia in 2005 but was told she was on the no-fly list. She was eventually cleared to fly to Malaysia, but her visa was revoked soon afterward and she could not return to Stanford. She was never told why”:

Defying Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) warning against price-fixing, Malaysia’s ministers want to enforce an ?Anti-Profiteering Act” despite admissions that “factors like demand, supply and weather, as well as the festive season were among the main factors influencing” and government petrol subsidies determine market prices:

“A Mipster is someone who seeks inspiration from the Islamic tradition of divine scriptures, volumes of knowledge, mystical poets, bold prophets, inspirational politicians, esoteric Imams, and our fellow human beings searching for transcendental states of consciousness”:

“Muslims in Central African Republic (CAR) are being “butchered like sheep” by Christian militias, and the deployment of French troops has not improved their safety, according to witness accounts from refugees arriving on evacuation flights to Mali”

“Prosecution at the Netherlands-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon today confirmed that their case rests primarily on a detailed analysis of telephones used by the accused while planning the assassination…. But it leaves open glaring questions”:

Iran says it will let international inspectors into its uranium mine, but “how can we expect Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions if the Israelis won’t come clean?”

“The bill includes life imprisonment for homosexual acts and also makes it a crime not to report gay people. The promotion of homosexuality – even talking about it without condemning the lifestyle – would also be punishable by a prison term.” The death penalty for statutory rape of a minor or “if the perpetrator was HIV… has been dropped”:






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