News and Analysis (4/8/15)

“Shaimaa al-Sabbagh’s shooting death … has laid bare deep flaws within the country’s security and justice system … [and] left the state scrambling for cover … amid signs Mr. Sisi’s rule is growing more authoritarian. The policeman suspected of causing her death is facing trial, but so are the witnesses”:

“Turkey has become one of the most aggressive censors of the Internet in the world under President Recap Tayyip Erdogan. Lucy Kafanov reported … that his administration’s suppression of information has seen 68,000 websites made inaccessible to average Turkish users”:

The handout does not list any sources, but … talks about Sharia Law, terrorism, jihad, even beheadings and ‘If taken hostage by radical Islamists, what to do’”:

Neighbors “started holding Ram Darbars, gatherings at which they would play Hanuman Chalisa and bhajans on a music system, outside the bungalow every evening”, inviting a Hindu nationalist leader who “asked residents to attack Zaveri’s office … if he did not give up the bungalow within 48 hours”:

“Many who were involved in the US war effort in Iraq continue to insist that the country fell apart because of Obama’s failings. There is little evidence to support them”:

“In her closing argument, [the defendant’s own attorney, Judy] Clarke said that there was ‘no excuse’ for her client’s actions, calling them ‘senseless’”:

“Houthi forces fought street-by-street battles with local militia in the old center of Aden on Wednesday, as the first boatloads of emergency medical aid reached the south Yemeni port city”…

… “Fighting in Yemen has displaced more than 100,000 people and killed at least 74 children over the past two weeks, and the UN warns the humanitarian situation is set to get a lot worse…. Yemen’s civil war has disrupted water supplies and overburdened the country’s poorly equipped hospital”:

“There is no food for the civilians who are stuck in the camp and still under siege. Also the medical situation is very bad, as most of the doctors fled the camp at the beginning of the fighting between Islamic State and the Palestinian group that was controlling most of Yarmouk before”:

“[A]bout 40 children are among those released, while the rest were elderly”:






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