News and Analysis (4/28/14)

As number of members of  largest social organization sentenced to death doubles…

… increasingly lower level members are pushed into the front lines, and internal splits such as those between the younger and older members and the rise of a “‘Brotherhood abroad’ … may lead to some sort of organizational division or to the emergence of new centers of power within the Brotherhood”:

A teacher in the case of “alleged infiltration by Muslim fundamentalists has said there was a campaign to have more Muslim teachers and governors, but … described allegations that Islamic fundamentalists from the Wahabi or Salafi sect had too much influence as ‘ludicrous’”:

“Both Abdullah and Ahmadzai have promised a fresh start with the West and have vowed to move ahead a security pact with the U.S. that Karzai has refused to sign. That pact would allow a small force of American soldiers to stay in the country to continue training Afghan army and police to fight the Taliban”:

She says Muslim men denied her abusive husband’s claim that divorce was Western vice, including an Algerian imam who, “helped me … to love myself again and reminded me … [that] Islam guides us to treat our spouse with supreme kindness and love and if we are unable to, then they must leave them with respect and kindness”:

“Washington said it would withhold deliveries of tanks, fighter aircraft and other military equipment, as well as $250 million in cash, until the government made progress on democracy and human rights. But last week, Washington said it would deliver 10 attack helicopters to help the government”:

“Christian militants descend on mosque and force thousands from the capital amid further ‘ethnic cleansing’ in the region” …

… and others killed at “least 22 people, including 15 local chiefs and three members of staff of the medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières”:

The “government had vowed to complete the removal of its 1,300 tonnes of chemical substances on April 27, after missing several deadlines. [The] head of the joint mission of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, [said the] UN hoped Syria would meet the [UN’s] June deadline”:

“Battles between the regime and rebels, many of whom took shelter in the clusters of palm and date trees skirting the ruins, created the perfect opportunity for plunder”:

“The Palestinian people, who suffer from injustice, oppression and (are) denied freedom and peace, are the first to demand to lift the injustice and racism that befell other peoples subjected to such crimes”:







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