News and Analysis (1/20/17)

“When it comes to civil liberties, our country has a lot of problems, and I think it’s very hard for us to get involved in other countries…. We need allies. I don’t know that we have a right to lecture” — Donald J. Trump:

“[L]awyers and Obama administration officials are working down to the wire to get remaining detainees out of Guantánamo before Trump throws away the key, potentially for good”:

“President-elect Donald Trump‘s pick for ambassador to the United Nations, repudiated the idea … [saying], ‘His administration and I don’t think there should be any registry based on religion'” …

… but a pastor known “for bashing Muslims, Mormons, Catholics and homosexuals” says he will deliver a sermon entitled “‘When God Chooses a Leader’ for Trump/Pence private family service’ …

… so as Chief Justice Roberts swears in the next president, he might wonder what would happen if another 9/11 occurred on this … president’s watch and some of his subordinates … remembered his campaign rhetoric”:

“Trump … more than any candidate for public office I have ever seen showed the fragility of the human being…. Choosing to be strategic instead of reactionary because we recognise the delicateness of the situation we face”:

Although the court recognized “the religious significance” and “compelling sense of religious obligation,” it justified the headscarf ban on the basis of “overriding safety concerns,” potential contraband concealment and “uniform neutrality”:

The irony is that after deposing elected President Mohamed Morsi who had been accused “of plotting to give part of Sinai to the Palestinian group Hamas,” Sisi amended Egypt’s Constitution to prohibit ceding Egyptian territory”:

Prime Minister Najib Razak says “that the violence against Rohingya, which has galvanised Muslims in Southeast Asia, … has fueled an exodus of refugees that could destabilise the region”:

A “protest against a reform package that would give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office executive powers … sparked fighting between female legislators that reportedly resulted in two of them being hospitalized”:

“We support every woman’s right to worship as they wish and live in security and peace. We are by no means endorsing or aligning with any religious doctrine, but simply standing for freedom” — Kathy Najimy:

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