News and Analysis (3/24/14)

“Security forces have killed hundreds of Brotherhood members in the street, and arrested thousands of others”:

As Turks continue to use circumvent the Twitter ban, Erdogan boasts that he is deaf to criticism and he will crush all his enemies: Twitter, Syria, and Gulen as well as the political opposition:

“A killing of insurgents in northern Nigeria may have actually been a heinous attack on local young men merely rounded up and detained”:

Why did Christie’s Muslim appointee write “a thoughtful and pragmatic 23-page opinion that drew on U.S. Supreme Court precedents … that a pregnant woman’s right to privacy is paramount … [and that] any interest a father has before the child’s birth is subordinate to the mother’s interest…[?] “He did what any New Jersey judge would do: Apply the law of the land”:

“A replica of a US aircraft carrier spotted near the coast of Iran is nothing more sinister than a movie set, Iranian media said on Sunday” and not, as typically befuddled US intelligence officials had speculated, constructed so Iran “could then blow it up for propaganda purposes”:

I wanted to tell her that I would never hurt my best friends or any living thing, and that there are more than a billion Muslims who are loving and kind. But I had no power. I was a child, a Muslim one, and she was an adult with authority. What voice did I have?”

With the Kerry initiative going nowhere, a group of Israeli and Palestinian politicians calling itself the Prague Forum “says it hopes to pressure negotiators in U.S.-backed peace talks to support the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative. The plan offers Israel peace with the Arab and Muslim world in exchange for a withdrawal from all territories captured in the 1967 Mideast war”:

“Hamas tried in vain to mollify Egypt by insisting that its hostility was directed exclusively at Israel, but is now turning up the rhetoric. ‘The punishment of the people of Gaza must end,’ Ismail Haniyeh … told the rally in a speech interspersed with chants of ‘Jihad is not Terrorism’ over the loudspeakers. ‘Why punish Gaza? Was it because it achieved victory against the Occupier?'”:

“Candidates are choosing well-known strongmen as running mates to win support in their communities — despite their violent histories. Even the most urbane and international savvy of the presidential candidates, a former World Bank official, has tied his hopes to a warlord whose violent history has been condemned by the U.S. and other Western governments”:

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