News and Analysis (3/31/14)

“US forces arrested and detained al-Jazeera journalists … while they were doing their jobs, and tortured them while attempting to establish ties between al-Jazeera and al-Qaida. Neither … received justice for their wrongful detention”:

Should Obama care if “ the home country of 15 of the 19 hijackers who carried out the 9/11 attacks on the US, as well as deceased Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden … [whose] government looked the other way as money flowed from wealthy Saudis and religious charities to the Sunni insurgency in Iraq and has a horrible human rights record dislikes our Syria policy? …

… even Pakistan knows to beware f Saudis bearing gifts and to “question whether the grant is part of a behind-the-scenes deal for Pakistan to provide weapons for Syrian rebels”:

“The harsh tone of his balcony address suggested he felt he now had a mandate for strong action against his enemies. ‘From tomorrow, there may be some who flee,’ he said” …

… “Gulen has vociferously denied orchestrating the leak scandal, but those close to his network have said they fear a heavy crackdown once the local elections have passed”:

“Redefining what is acceptable on stage, women sang solos; Western songs filled the playlist, from John Lennon to Frank Sinatra; and most lyrics were in English. Audiences who crammed into the plush multi-story theater gasped at the spectacle … as the lead female vocalist – wearing a maroon head scarf that fell to her waist – belted out Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black'”:

“Gavin Robins, the director, with a background in the somewhat different world of the Eurovision song contest … describes it as the most technically advanced show he has worked on, and one of the most dramatic. “You could describe it as a romantic thriller,” he said. “When we first rehearsed the scene about the prophet’s death, the entire company was genuinely weeping”:

“This episode again underlines the need for people in authority to reflect on the impact their remarks, even those made off the cuff or in the heat of the moment, can have on the wider public and feed into stereotypes which are wrong and offensive” — spokesperson for the Immigrant Council of Irelan:

The former PM pled not guilty to each of the five charges of treason “relating to his imposition of emergency rule in 2007, in an historic first for a country controlled by the army for half its history”:

“‘For generations, our families lived together and even intermarried,’ said Mahamat Awal, Boda’s mayor, who is among those stuck in this town 100 miles southwest of the capital, Bangui. ‘Now you want to kill us all?’ … [T]he Christian … militiamen make their point clear: Every Muslim must leave the town, without exception”:

“The entire board of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) tendered its resignation last week, … [saying] it had found itself caught between conflicting rulings from parliament and the judiciary regarding the exclusion of certain candidates from the election, due on April 30″:


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