News and Analysis (2/21/16)

Waters once “visited the security barrier separating Israel from the Occupied Territories spraying a signed message from his seminal work ‘Another Brick in the Wall’, which read: ‘We don’t need no thought control’ … [and] soon joined the BDS movement”:

“The spike in such cases has taken place under the rule of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi….” Says human rights lawyer Gamal Eid, “What is worse than an extremist is a state employee when he one-ups the extremist” …

… causing one Egyptian columnist to protest, “This is a state that witnesses more legal prosecution of writers than what we have seen during the Brotherhood’s one-year rule”:

“Police said some of the crowd tried to prevent firefighters from extinguishing the blaze, which destroyed the roof”:

Reports are that the Iraqi PM wants “to distance himself from Tehran and the militias that came to Baghdad’s rescue in 2014 and early 2015. Abadi has begun to push for reconciliation between Iraq’s Shi’ites and Sunnis, and for better relations with Sunni Arab neighbors like”:

“The Muslim world’s repeated attempts to reject and rebuke ISIL are neither insincere nor half-hearted. They simply reflect the belief that condemning the person, instead of the practice, places you on a slippery slope”:

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