News and Analysis (4/14/14)

Erdogan swore to hit his opponents hard after the election, but his choice of first target may surprise you:

“It is hoped that a decline in political support for anti-Muslim bigotry will lead to toning down of the rhetoric in mainstream circles. The results of the election should also serve as a reminder that the image of Quebecers as an intolerant people is need of review”:

An “unsigned and undated [letter] … which was sent to local authorities and teaching unions as far back as last year” has stirred up a firestorm by accusations of Muslim conspiracy to take over the schools and  has prompted anonymous “whistle-blowers” to make allegations denied by school trustees as “a witch-hunt”;

“Both sides agree that poison gas was used in the village of Kfar Zeita, but each says the other side is responsible”:

“The first results from Afghanistan’s presidential election show the country is headed for a runoff next month between former ministers, with two other candidates securing enough of the vote to potentially act as kingmakers”:

“He is the second Libyan prime minister to leave his post in as many months, underlining the North African nation’s instability three years after the ouster and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi” …

… and as Ghadafi’s sons are tried in absentia, the ICC and human rights organizations remain “concerned over the fairness of Libya’s justice system although the government won the right last year to try Gaddafi’s former spy chief domestically instead of at the ICC”:

No reason was given as to why FBI agents questioned an attorney “who assists with the handling of classified evidence … at the start of what was supposed to be a hearing into whether defendant Ramzi Binalshibh is mentally competent to stand trial. The judge adjourned the hearing until Tuesday while officials explore the legal implications of the investigation”:

The land seizure is reportedly “the largest in years and could eventually lead to the expansion of several settlements and authorization of [a decade-old unauthorized] settler outpost” and “is based on an Israeli interpretation of an Ottoman-era law that allowed the confiscation of tracts that had not been planted or cultivated for several years in a row”:

“Iran has insisted it will not replace its new envoy to the UN in New York and accused the US of acting illegally by refusing a visa to the diplomat. A senior Iranian official said they would “pursue the matter via legal mechanisms” with the United Nations”:






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