News and Analysis (4/22/15)

“Convicting Mohamed Morsi, despite fundamental flaws in the legal process and what seems to be at best flimsy evidence produced in court under a gag order, utterly undermines this verdict” — Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty’s deputy Middle East and North Africa director:

She alleges that a corrections officer “told her that attendance at the Christian services, described by her lawyer as ‘Evangelical Protestant,’ was mandatory. Refusing to participate would result in being removed from a low-security residential area … and being put into general population”:

“The Saudi declaration had created hope that a political bargain to end Yemen’s civil war might be in the offing …. on the assumption that calling off airstrikes was a quid pro quo for something. But Wednesday’s attacks indicate peace is a long way off for the Arab world’s poorest country”:

“This is not a sectarian conflict. People right now are not killing each other for the sake of religion…. The current conflict is 100% related to disappointment after the revolution…. There was no justice, there was no reconciliation, there’s pure revenge now”:

“Certain problematic attitudes towards science have been imported into Muslim societies as a part of rapid globalization and modernization — the rejection of the theory of evolution, for example. But this also offers an opportunity”:

Europe’s “callousness”, Libyan “gangs [that] prey on migrants, and [Libyan] racism against darker-skinned Africans” and the “migration crisis in its current iteration” are among the unintended consequences of “the fall of Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi”:

“U.S. President Barack Obama was forced to give Congress a say in any future accord – including the right of lawmakers to veto the lifting of sanctions imposed by the United States”:






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