News and Anaysis (1/20/14)

That the violence in Central African Republic, like most religious strife, is due to religious identity rather than religious teachings is underscored by the Christian church that shelters Muslims from the Christian militants intent on slaughtering them:

“The prospects for a Syrian peace conference due to be held in Geneva this week were thrown into doubt Monday after the United Nations unexpectedly invited Iran to attend, prompting a threat from the Syrian opposition to withdraw””

“Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi was on Sunday ordered to stand trial for insulting the judiciary, legal sources said, alongside 24 others including liberal activists who opposed his Islamist rule but have also been critical of the new army-backed order”:

“The 98.1 percent ‘yes’ vote cannot be seen as an accurate reflection of public opinion in ‘a country as big and as complex and divided as Egypt,’ said Khaled Fahmy, a political analyst who chairs the history department at the American University in Cairo. ‘This is a very alarming figure. … Something has gone very wrong’:

“A Pentagon spokesman said that Iraq will be receiving the extra arms and ammunition ‘very shortly.’ However, Army Col. Steve Warren declined to say whether Washington is considering using U.S. troops to train Iraqi forces”:

“[I]n 1986 the National Fatwa Council ruled that several words, including Allah, could be used by Muslims only…. Two years later, in 1988, the restriction … was passed into law by the Barisan National regime” which “many argue, violates” constitutional equal rights guarantees. “The Federal Court … will hear the case on February 24”:

“[T]he heart of the film … is watching this band of edgy, self-aware, second-generation NY wiseass Muslim comics extend themselves to people in small town America who sometimes have no idea what to do with them…. The lack of irony and guilelessness of the project underscores the simplicity of what is clearly a mission of tolerance”:

“Since the fall of dictator Moammar Gadhafi in Libya’s 2011 civil war, gunmen have killed low-level government employees, activists, clerics and security officials. In worsening security conditions, shootings of higher-ranking officials have become more common. Last week, the deputy minister of electricity was assassinated”:

“Kidnapping of foreigners in Yemen is common, often carried out by disgruntled tribesmen seeking to press the government to free jailed relatives or to improve public services, or by Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda”:






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