News and Analysis (8/13/14)

The secretary of State John Kerry told the reporters during a visit to Australia that the US “will explore more “political, economic and security options,  “but will not send combat troops to Iraq again”…

… while “US air strikes continued on Tuesday, with a drone targeting an IS mortar near Kurdish troops…Tens of thousands of civilians remain trapped by militants” …

… but the current airstrikes are described to be “minimal and fleeting impact on the forces of the Islamic State” …

… and RAF jets are leaving for Iraq, “and will carry out surveillance ahead of further airdrops to refugees”:

The program targeted by the suit “casts a net so wide that it brands innocent, law-abiding residents, like Plaintiffs — none of whom pose a security threat — as ‘national security concerns’ on account of innocuous activity and associations, and characteristics such as national origin”:

“The statement highlighted the fact that the campaign being waged against religious minorities by the Islamic State (Isis) threatens to provoke the biggest crisis in Catholic-Muslim relations since 2006” …

… but supporters of ISIS were seen “canvassing around the busy shopping area of Oxford Circus”:

Britain’s support of Israel “is seen as complicit in Israel’s oppression of Palestinians”, drove thousands to protest Britain’s foreign policy:

A “188-page report, the rights group … called the crushing of the main protester sit-in at Cairo’s Rabaah el-Adawiya Square on Aug. 14, 2013, the ‘world’s largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history'”:

Gazans want to fight against the Israeli siege, but increasingly see the ineffective rocket strikes as counter-productive:

“Maliki’s growing isolation raised hopes of a relatively smooth transfer of power after a tense two-day standoff during which the desperate incumbent deployed security forces to strategic points across the capital”:

“Uighurs have long accused the Chinese government of trying to stamp out their cultural and religious practices, and … banning so-called ‘five abnormal appearances,’ which include headscarves and clothes with Muslim emblems like crescent moons, is just another example, they say”:

As Dean Obeidallah puts it, more Muslims have been persecuted by the terrorist groups than non- Muslims minorities since the rise of terrorism:

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