News and Analysis (11/8/15)

“[S]urprised to see a September poll showing 30 percent of Iowa Republicans didn’t believe that Islam should be legal in the United States” a UNI assistant professor of religion says, “Islam is connected to the story of America itself” and is not “new to the United States or Iowa”:

“[I]n the newest legal action the inmates’ lawyers argue that the earlier court order was ignored, and the MDoC continued to deprive their clients of sufficient nutrition repeatedly”:

“[F]or the 1 million Rohingya Muslims who live in Rachine State … it’s not a free election[,] … crowded into makeshift huts … [, they] suffer from shortages of firewood, water and food, and are forced to bribe security guards to leave the camp for medical treatment”:

“President Hassan Rouhani reaffirmed last week he expected sanctions to be lifted by year-end, paving the way for the return of the biggest economy to the global trading and financial system since the end of the Soviet Union in 1991”:

Among the security gaps reported by anonymous “officials involved in security at Sharm el-Sheikh airport” was a “malfunctioning scanner had been noted in security reports to their superiors, but the machine was not replaced”:

“As it happened in the 10th and 11th centuries, Muslim intellectuals who live in the West can initiate a new scholarly synthesis between Islam and Western knowledge — something that is a must to overcome the problems of the Islamic world”:

“We call on politicians, rabbis, imams, civil society leaders – all the people of Israel and Palestine to end rhetoric that exacerbates hatred and violence” — Rep. Keith Ellison and Rabbi Adam Latz:

“[T]he New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said reporters face unprecedented threats in President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s Egypt. CPJ said Egypt currently had the highest number of journalists behind bars since it began keeping records in 1990”:

“The war has evolved into a wider proxy struggle between global powers, as Russia has joined the Assad-Iran axis and Western powers have stepped up support for Gulf Arab-backed rebels”:

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