News and Analysis (4/13/15)

“The Fars report alleged Rezaian had obtained economic and industrial information from Iran and sold it to unnamed Americans. It also linked him to Omid Memarian, an Iranian opposition journalist based in the US”:

“Bahah is popular across Yemen’s spectrum of feuding parties and may be seen as a figure who could calm tensions and bring warring parties to the negotiating table” …

… and while “[i]n the media Yemenis are usually depicted as either pro-Saudi or pro-Iran, Sunni or Shia. People forget that Yemenis can be pro-Yemen as well”:

“If confirmed, the presence of two Iranian officers, whom the local militiamen said were from an elite unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, would deepen tensions between Tehran and Riyadh, who are vying for influence in the Middle East” …

… but “[t]he so-called pan-Arab military that the House of Saud is promoting is a reincarnation of US containment policies from the Cold War…. The Israeli-Saudi alliance in Yemen is being relieved as the Kingdom and Israel have united with the US against the Houthis”:

An Indian far right party goes Likud’s Netanyahu one better:

“A UN-backed court set up to investigate the assassination 10 years ago of the Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri will finally put defendants in the dock next week. Tellingly, however, they are not suspects accused of the crime, but journalists charged with contempt of court”:

“Besides distributing roses, the Muslim women planned to spread messages of Islam, including from the prophet Muhammad: ‘Feed the hungry and visit the sick, and free the captive if he is unjustly confined. Assist any person oppressed, whether Muslim or non-Muslim’” …

… while at the University of Buffalo, a panel participant opines that “humanity’s biggest weakness is ignorance. That is true regardless of what culture, religion or place you are”:

“The unraveling of Libya continues”:

Obama told “reporters at the Americas summit in Panama that Khamenei and others in Iran were addressing their own internal politics. ‘Even a guy with the title ‘Supreme Leader’ has to be concerned about his own constituencies,’ Obama said”:

“Jamaat-e-Islami party denounces the execution of Muhammad Kamaruzzaman on charges of crimes against humanity as ‘revenge and pre-planned murder’”:






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