News and Analysis (7/5/14)

Initial autopsy findings from the body of an East Jerusalem youth who Palestinians believe was kidnapped and killed by far-right Jews showed that he was burned alive …

… while the father of the brutally beaten American says that if this had happened in America, action would have been taken to prevent it happening again to another victim, but “Not in Israel;” the mother says such abuse is a matter of daily life for Palestinians, but as an American, she doesn’t accept it:

The self-appointed caliph echoed the original Abu Bakr, saying, “I am the wali [defender] who presides over you, though I am not the best of you, so if you see that I am right, assist me. If you see that I am wrong, advise me and put me on the right track, and obey me as long as I obey God in you”:

“On Friday, al-Sistani lamented the inability of political leaders to quickly agree on a new prime minister, urging them to redouble their efforts …. But al-Maliki’s statement … suggested that he intended to fight any attempt to find a replacement for him, and … to remain until the insurgents are defeated”:

If there were an independent Kurdish state, what would its borders be?

July 7 was carried out by four Muslim males, with an incorrect ideology. Potentially, had their mothers been equipped and empowered, and nurtured their children, we may have prevented that attack from happening” –  Sajda Mughal, the only known Muslim below ground survivor of 7/7 London bombings:

“[A]fter 14 years of wars and 57,000+ American killed or wounded, the American public is ready for answers from peaceful Muslims and intelligent Christians alike”:

“This conviction of Badie comes on top of two death sentences which were previously levied against him following last year’s coup”:

“[T]he alienated ‘angry’ Muslim youth is … a fully comprehensible historical inevitability. For many of them … the ummah and caliphate is … an escape to history, from poverty, alienation, oppression and foreign occupations. To understand that is to truly tackle the roots of violence”:

“NEMLEC can’t have it both ways. The same authority that allows them to participate in high risk warrant service, forced entry, and arrests of individuals also means they must be subject to public records law” – Jessie Rossman, staff attorney for the ACLU of Massachusetts:

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