News and Analysis (6/24/14)

“[T]he Sudanese have assured the U.S. that the family is not under arrest and that they are safe…. U.S. officials are continuing to work on getting them out of the country” …

… while in Malaysia, ‘The highest court has rejected a challenge to the ban on Christians using the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God, in a highly divisive legal case in the Muslim-majority nation… Malaysian authorities say its use by Christians could confuse Muslims and lead some to convert to Christianity”:

A “2011 Gallup survey found that American Muslims are significantly more likely than American Christians, Jews, Mormons, or Atheists to oppose attacks on civilians … whether they are enacted by military force or by a small group” and fervently condemn violence perpetrated by Muslims:

Harris Zafar, an author, a lecturer, a teacher and speaker on Islam tries to answer important questions regarding Islam and Peace.  In a book called “ Demystifying Islam: Tackling the Tough Questions” he answers to misconceptions about Islam as a religion of war:

As the political Sunni/ Shiites struggle escalates in Iraq, religious leaders of Detroit Michigan come together “to reaffirm a unity pact in an effort to ward off tension between Shiite and Sunni Muslims in Metro Detroit”:

Yes, Tony Blair, Saddam would have been targeted by the Arab Spring if you and “W” had not rashly jumped the gun.  His comments came days after he published an essay saying that the invasion of Iraq is not to blame for the current crisis …

… in which events escalate as ISIS advances and seizes the key oil refinery of Beiji, north of Baghdad, that “supplies a third of Iraq’s refined fuel”, leading to gas rationing.” The refinery is “essential if the rebels are to keep control of the areas they have conquered and to supply Mosul with energy” …

… meanwhile, John Kerry visits Baghdad urging the Iraqi leaders to fight ISIS and promising “intense and sustained” support to Iraq, and that “[t]he very future of Iraq depends on choices that will be made in the next days and weeks” …

… but “the Kurdish president told Kerry that ‘We are facing a new reality and a new Iraq'” …

… and as Iraq’s instability continues, so does the death toll, the result of summary executions, killing after abduction, and the encounter of unidentified bodies on river banks. “At least 1,075 people – mostly civilians – have been killed in Iraq during June”:

“Since the abduction of three Israeli teens, Israel has arrested about 350 Palestinians, conducted sweeps of 1,800 locales, and raided 64 Islamic charities with suspected links to Hamas. Concerns are growing about resulting Palestinian unrest”:

“The election was called a month ago amid government claims that a renegade general was plotting a coup. General Khalifa Haftar denied the allegation, but launched a military offensive against Islamist militias…. At least 70 people were killed in the ensuing battles”:

“Any efforts to raise the stakes by acting against migrants from Bangladesh in India could have international ramifications by alienating the India-friendly government of the neighbouring country and provoking anti-Hindu sentiment there”:

“Islamic extremists have abducted 60 more girls and women and 31 boys from villages in northeast Nigeria, witnesses said…. Security forces denied the kidnappings. Nigeria‘s government and military have been widely criticized for their slow response to the abductions of more than 200 schoolgirls”:

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