News and Analysis (2/24/14)

Hazem El-Beblawi who “was appointed after the army toppled president Mohamed Mursi last July” announced today that “the cabinet took a decision to offer its resignation to the president of the republic,” but “gave no clear reason for the decision” …

… as yet another capital charge is leveled against Mohammed Morsi “as part of a crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood group after the military deposed him last summer …

…while  “one of the defense lawyers said the glass enclosure should either be removed or the defendants should be given a sign language expert — and time to learn sign language — before proceedings continue so they can communicate … as the law requires they be allowed to do. The three-judge panel” refused …

… and the new head of the Constitution Party, “a 59-year-old Coptic Christian, says the military-backed authorities have little tolerance for dissent,criticizing their security crackdown that brought mass detentions and trials over the past months. ‘The road map to democracy is being compromised”:

“Lord Macdonald of River Glaven QC, the former Director of Public Prosecutions, said he warned Home Secretary Theresa May that Mr Yazdi’s life was in danger before his abduction” but “could not get an appointment …. and said she should now explain why Mr Yazdi’s private information was passed to Iran”:

The man who escaped life imprisonment in the US “for his slaying and dismemberment of 19-year-old Alfredo Enrique Tello Jr.” by successfully seeking “refuge from extradition, enraging Maryland authorities and briefly threatening U.S. aid to the Jewish state” turns against those who sheltered him:

“Rock, rap and most forms of pop music are banned in Iran, because the government there believes it pollutes young minds and lead them to an un-Islamic world. Women are not allowed to sing in public and all published music must be approved by officials in Tehran” …

… but in Britain”I get my ambition from my parents, who came to this country from Sri Lanka with nothing and both worked multiple jobs to make a good life for themselves and their family. And my faith and my British identity is why I’m doing this particular business. I’m just mixing the two”:

“Since the offensive began on Feb. 10, more than 10,000 refugees have sought refuge in Arsal from the fighting in the strategically important Qalamoun region”:

“A Syrian rebel commander who fought alongside al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden and was close to its current chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was killed by a suicide attack on Sunday, intensifying infighting between rival Islamist fighters”:

“Efforts at a swap are … seen as a concession to Karzai. Washington would like to see him back away from his refusal to sign a security pact that is necessary for the U.S. to leave a residual force behind in Afghanistan. Karzai says he wants Washington to push reconciliation … forward”:

Sign a peace treaty, get arrested. “The authorities said Tundok had outstanding warrants of arrest for various criminal offences, including arson, although members of the MILF’s peace panel said he had been actively helping out in the peace process and was supposed to be covered by an immunity guarantee”:

Due to “violence or blockades … voting did not take place in 81 polling centres, with the result that altogether 13 seats on the Committee cannot be declared”:

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