News and Analysis (10/30/15)

“[R]eleased after 14 years incarcerated at Guantánamo Bay where he was beaten by his American military jailers, Aamer can be expected to receive compensation, perhaps as much as £1m, as 15 other British residents and citizens did in 2010, in return for dropping a civil case”:

“Iran signaled on Friday it backed a six-month transition period in Syria followed by elections to decide Bashar al-Assad’s fate, a proposal floated at peace talks as a concession but which the president’s foes rejected as a trick to keep him in power”:

“Why did old-style British colonialism, with its last bit of strength, drive wedges round the heart of the region and say: here – against the tradition of 2,000 years of history – here there will be a homeland for a people of only one religion?”

“Bassam Tahboub, Hebron’s head of education, said that the incursion was not the first, adding that scores of students were transferred to hospitals on Tuesday after their school was exposed to tear gas”:

“A campaign to portray Aung San Suu Kyi as pro-Muslim, and to label her National League for Democracy the ‘Muslim party’ is under way.” It’s backers passed laws “intended to stop Muslims having large families” and have conjured “a supposed Muslim menace to Burma’s Buddhist values”:

“Prophet Mohammed spoke frankly about sexuality[,] … about sexually transmitted infections … and preventative measures through … good hygiene after sexual intercourse[,] … about sexual activity and emphasized the importance of foreplay — especially for the woman’s benefit”:

“Countering this online IS propaganda … cannot be achieved simply through using social media or YouTube videos…. What these potential recruits need are … real examples of Muslims who can touch them by their individual success and their peaceful communities”:

“I’m not against the government, I’m just a journalist who criticises the government. Despite this I am still subject to physical assault, so it’s normal that journalists who define themselves as oppositional to the government would feel anxious” – Ahmet Hakan, columnist and TV host:

“I’m Jewish. My father’s family died in concentration camps…. Our job is to build a nation in which we all stand together as one people…. [T]here is a lot of … hatred being generated against Muslims in this country…. [W]e have got to stand together and end all forms of racism”:

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