News and Analysis (12/25/17)

In purchasing Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi , is Abu Dhabi following Muhammad’s precedent of safeguarding a picture of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ or engaging in conspicuous consumption with a hint of idolatry?

When the Palestinians killed wheelchair-bound Leon Klinghoffer, it launched two movies and an opera, but when the Israelis kill a young man they themselves put in a wheelchair, it doesn’t even merit decent news coverage:

A federal judge says the U.S. cannot continue to deny an American citizen his right to an attorney:

Prince Al-Waleed “is demanding a proper investigation and was willing to fight it out in court”:

The threats due to Muslims and Mexicans may be exaggerated, but this Dutch immigrant is an embarrassment to America:

“Quraishi-Landes argues that … Sharia, properly defined, encompasses all laws serving the public good — that is, it includes both fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and siyasa (statutory law), even if siyasa is not derived from scripture”:

At least the the U.S. government has the moral sense to be ashamed of killing civilians to the point of lying about it:

“The case could have far-reaching implications for the security services who use undisclosed intelligence to conduct tens of thousands of random stops at airports each year”:

“I was expecting something of this sort and was well prepared. It does not matter what people think. It was our decision” — the bride:

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