News and Analysis (3/7/16)

“This specific blasphemy law was not instituted by [the] Prophet [(pbuh), but r]ather, in an attempt to keep occupied communities separate and docile, … by … [the] British …, in 1860…. [Y]ou’re hailing as a martyr, a man who died defending a British colonial law”:

“Allegations of abuses by police are raising fears that Egypt’s security agencies are growing out of control”:

“Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Egypt’s accusations made on Sunday were ‘baseless and not in harmony with the efforts being exerted to develop the relationship between Hamas and Cairo'”:

MILF Chairman Murad Ebrahim said that ISIS failed in previous efforts to establish “a stronghold in Mindanao,” but the failure to pass the new basic law has raised concerns “that they can capitalize on this because the [frustration] of the people in the area”:

“The problem for the Al Sauds is not just that their legitimacy is wholly dependent on their identification with Wahhabism…. [T]hey have let a genie out of the bottle that now leads an independent life and that can’t be put back into the bottle”:

“I have a responsibility to inspire, empower and show girls everywhere that females can have a role within the professional game. If I am successful, doors will open for others without them having to go through the same racism and sexism I have experienced”:

ErdoÄŸan’s regime has successfully taken over Zaman but at the price of embarrassing EU leaders seeking his cooperation in managing the immigration problem and reversing Turkish liberalization:

“President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo, who heads the most populous Muslim nation, said the entire world is concerned by the deterioration of the situation in Palestine and criticized what he called Israel’s ‘unilateral and illegal policies'”:

“[T]he Brotherhood’s leadership has attempted to reaffirm its nonviolent commitments. But this stance has proved a difficult sell in the face of Egypt’s violent repression and the cancellation of any opportunity for meaningful democratic participation”:

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