News and Analysis (2/28/14)

“The Turkish authorities have freed the sons of two former cabinet ministers pending trial, the latest twist in a major corruption investigation” …

… and “after the law was enacted late on Thursday, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag appointed at least nine new senior members of the judiciary. The opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) said the law contained many violations of the constitution, and appealed to the Constitutional Court to repeal it”:

“The Nusra Front has given ISIS until Saturday to accept mediation or face being expelled from Syria. Infighting between rival rebel groups has seen more than 3,000 people killed in the past two months” …

… as “the Syrian war is sending dangerous ripples across a highly combustible region and sparking fears that jihadis will come home with dangerous ideas and turn their weapons against their own countries”:

“This was an incredibly difficult decision made after discussions with the organisers and local Thames Valley Police, following the receipt of a number of threatening phone calls, emails and social media posts to the resort over the last couple of weeks” — Legoland statement:

“How do you explain this person who wrote children’s stories and who grew up in a spiritual home to all of a sudden be fighting against the Nazis?” — Director Rob Gardner about his new film, “Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story”:

“The claim, dismissed by experts and called “shocking to scientists” by the president’s science adviser, strikes a blow to the army’s carefully managed image as the saviour of the nation”:

“‘Israeli soldiers have repeatedly committed serious human rights and humanitarian law violations, including unlawful killings, in response to Palestinian opposition and protests in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem,’ the report concludes, criticizing the ‘impunity’ of the Israeli military“…

… while a prominent Christian Palestinian says “a new Israeli Knesset bill … that explicitly distinguishes between Muslim and Christian … citizens of Israel” transforms “its military occupation into an outright religious confrontation” that illegally “defies all the basic principles of democracy and human rights”:

“[A] reluctance to go to war in distant lands is not “isolationism” if the term is to retain any meaning. It’s prudence. Kerry is right that the US won’t be able to do as much militarily and diplomatically if Congress insists on a leaner budget. But our military spending remains robust, to put it mildly”:

“Israel warned Lebanon on Friday to prevent threatened Hezbollah retaliation for an alleged Israeli air strike on a site used by the guerrillas on the Syrian border”:

“Witnesses say Nigerian security forces left the area before students were killed by militant anti-education Boko Haram members on Tuesday, and only returned after the rampage”:

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