News and Analysis (4/30/14)

“Villagers said the stone mosque was built in 2008, and that soldiers removed prayer rugs and holy scriptures before tearing it down. Other razed buildings included three one-storey family houses, animal shelters and a communal well. Locals said around 30 people were made homeless”:

“Mr. Erdogan said that … he expected the United States, a close NATO ally of Turkey, to respond positively to the request” for Gulen’s extradition, but it seems doubtful Turkey can satisfy both requirements that the crime be “recognized in both jurisdictions, and there must be a reasonable belief that the person did commit the crime”:

“The question of who used chemical weapons has been the most bitterly contested of a long list of atrocities in Syria’s three year war, which has seen more than 150,000 people killed, around nine million people exiled and large parts of the country destroyed” as both sides target civilians:

“We made a mistake…. We were not aware that some of its passages could be in breach of Czech law. Our association certainly does not hold any extremist views” — representative of Muslim organizations overseeing the publication of the banned Czech edition of Bilal Philips’ book that sparked the raids:

As “Amnesty International details journalists’ claims of harassment, intimidation and attacks at the hands of military intelligence” …

… a House of “Commons committee said the UK was still giving large sums of money to a state ‘that has failed to adequately mobilise the substantial resources of the country to help its poor'”:

With a Muslim decapitated and human rights groups under attack, the CAR may be in for a long period of violent instability:

“The BBC found more than a hundred instances of inappropriate editing, vandalism and deletion made by computers accessing Wikipedia through the two IP addresses known to be used by government machines” including a gratuitous assertion that “All Muslims are terrorists”:

“The Abu Sayyaf had links to international militant networks, including al-Qaida, but a U.S.-backed Philippine military crackdown has weakened it considerably in recent years. The group, which is on the U.S. list of terror groups, has about 300 fighters and is now much more focused on ransom kidnappings than global jihad”:

“Libya has been plagued by instability since armed groups toppled Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011…. It is unclear who was behind the disturbance…. The BBC’s Rana Jawad in Tripoli says Libya’s national congress has been stormed on dozens of occasions by gunmen over the past year and a half”:

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