News and Analysis (9/14/15)

“The hajj is due to go ahead unaffected, but locals have been left with a bitter taste in their mouths. ‘There have been quite a few minor incidents, workers getting killed, but it never reaches the press,’ said the activist. ‘This time they can’t hide it’”:

The message, “May our shared Abrahamic roots deepen respect and bring peace and mutual understanding. L’Shanah Tovah” did not appear on the Farsi version of Rouhani’s account, but Rouhani’s “government agreed to allow Jewish schools to be closed on Saturdays to mark Shabbat” …

… and the head teacher at the only Jewish school in Tunis and acting rabbi at a synagogue in the coastal suburb of La Goulette says, “Actually, we feel it’s harder for the Jews in the US and Europe than in Tunisia”:

“Tony Abbott earlier this year allocated significant funding to security agencies because ‘too many Australians are being brainwashed online by this death cult’. However, one of those apparent representatives of Islamic State has now been” discovered to be a Jewish American:

“Security forces in Egypt have mistakenly killed 12 people, including Mexican tourists, during an anti-terror operation, the interior ministry says…. Ten Mexicans and Egyptians were also injured and are being treated in a local hospital”:

Is Tunisia slipping back into dictatorship? “Police had originally banned Saturday’s demonstration, citing threats of terrorist attacks, but left-wing and liberal parties as well as civic groups went forward with the march” …

… meanwhile “Egypt’s government resigned Saturday in the face of intense criticism from state-friendly media that reflects growing discontent but stops short of faulting President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, the former general who led the overthrow of an Islamist president two years ago”:

In the clip Reagan re-imagines John Winthrop’s conception of America as a “shining city in a hill” as one “teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace,” adding, “If there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here”:

Should the world’s most famous advocate of Western-style education have to meet the same standards  as others who would attend Stanford? No hypocrite, Malala is on record saying, “It wouldn’t look very good if the girl shot for wanting to go to school failed” such entrance exams:






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