News and Analysis (5/14/15)

Among explosive claims in Sy Hersch’s latest exposé are that Bin Ladin was an invalid prisoner of the ISI, that his whereabouts were leaked to the CIA by “a former senior Pakistani intelligence officer” out for the reward money, and that the U.S. agreed to Saudi and Pakistani demands not to take him alive” …

… and the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist dismisses While House insistence that “the notion that the operation that killed Osama Bin Ladin was anything but a unilateral U.S. mission is patently false”:

… the faith “that our government would never ever lie to us about something so big, so important, as the circumstances surrounding the killing of bin Laden[,] …  unites both [right and left] wings of the Washington establishment … [and] is almost religious in its intensity in … the “mainstream” media”:

“Religious people of all backgrounds should recognize that this legal neutrality on religion has produced a society remarkably amenable to religion…. At the same time: Under most moral codes, setting out to demean or mock the deepest, defining beliefs of your neighbor is rude and cruel”:

During the initial consultation, the aim is for various options for the women’s mosque to be discussed with both locals and international Islamic scholars…. Early plans include facilities specifically tailored for Muslim women … including services for divorce, bereavement, legal advice, parenting, and” charity:

“Saudi King Salman pulled out, sending Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman instead. The White House has said such decisions were not snubs and has portrayed the summit as a set of working meetings rather than symbolic photo sessions” …

… while “Yemen’s humanitarian cease-fire came under significant strain in its first 24 hours Wednesday, disrupted by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike, fighting between rival sides in a strategic province and shelling by coalition warships west of the port city of Aden”:

“They [the government] should not stay in power, if they are not able to bring the perpetrators to justice. One after another incident is happening and they are not able to do anything” — Imran Sarker, head of a Bangladeshi bloggers’ association:

Unlike the Muslims of Medina, who welcomed the Meccan refugees, Malaysia’s deputy home minister, Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, wants the refugees from Burma to go back to the land of persecution saying, “We have to send the right message that they are not welcome here”:

“[In the Soviet Union] women had to function like robots … but a passage in the Hadith, the teachings of the Prophet, that says women should be good wives, meaning they should be sexually educated. This is what we do” –Rakhat Kenjebek kyzy founder of Kyrgystan’s first sex school:

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