News and Analysis (6/2/15)

“[T]he government-sanctioned campaign against … an Islamic scholar who … [called on] Muslims to discover the true meaning of the Quran, … interpreted based on the modern context in which believers live reveals that Sisi is more interested in “improving his government’s reception in the West” than in reform:

Notwithstanding the vitriol hurled against them by “far-right organizations,” the residents of Islamberg practically define law-abiding citizenry. “Sheriff Thomas Mills … [says] that he couldn’t recall a time when law enforcers had responded to a civil or criminal matter in Islamberg during his 17 years as sheriff”:

“According to the Court opinion, delivered by Justice Antonin Scalia, ‘an applicant need only show that his need for an accommodation was a motivating factor in the employer’s decision’ to show the employment decision violated Title VII”:

“[A]mid growing online criticism of Riyadh’s war in Yemen and poor government services at home, Saudi authorities are censoring the clerics, triggering a showdown that has been brewing since the early days of the Arab Spring.” The government now threatens to ban [dissenters] from preaching in mosques”:

“[I]nterrogators poured ice water on his genitals, twice videotaped him naked and repeatedly touched his “private parts” – none of which was described in the Senate report. Interrogators, some of whom smelled of alcohol, also threatened to beat him with a hammer, baseball bats, sticks and leather belts, Khan said”:

“After ten years in power, few governments anywhere can remain immune from corruption…. It is … saddening … to see such a record of accomplishment and change that the AKP demonstrated … being squandered due to its leader’s emerging loss of touch, … self-control, and … vision”:

“[T]he oil-rich nation is split between two governments…. The rhetoric of officials across Libya suggests their commitment to finding a political-over-a-military solution is tenuous at best …, with hardline Islamists allied to Libya Dawn particularly skeptical of its benefits”:

“Ritzheimer, a proud atheist who had served in the Marines Corps, wanted to share with Americans his view that “true Islam is terrorism,’ … but [w]hile the Phoenix mosque … had not organized a counter rally, a nearby Christian church did…. [S]upporters held signs preaching love and tolerance for all Americans” …

… And since then, the mosque has “said it was hosting a gathering that includes a multi-faith prayer service and speakers to ‘show that when one of us is mistreated, our community responds with a message of Love and Not Hate'”:

“Islamic State recruits [i]n France … average in their mid-20s, with female recruits tending to be even younger. Whatever they are looking for, Islamic State promises: Shariah law, a deeper purpose in life, a fight against a dictator, aid work, automatic weapons, pathological violence for those so inclined”:

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