News and Analysis (6/14/10)

“While it could take many years to develop a mining industry, the potential is so great that officials and executives in the industry believe it could attract heavy investment even before mines are profitable ….”:

“Too many people in America draw assumptions about Muslims after watching horrible things on the news, and the cultural messages we send also make the Muslim world draw inaccurate conclusions about the [U.S.]”:

The ICRC has called on the Israeli government to lift the blockade of the Gaza Strip, and has demanded that both the Israeli government and Hamas “allow and facilitate rapid and unimpeded passage” of aid shipments to Gaza.

Having broken its February promise to replace the oppressive  emergency law with antiterrorism legislation, Egypt is now promising to implement most of the recommendations made by the UN Human Rights Council:

A decade ago, listening or composing music was illegal in Afghanistan. Students now at the new National Institute of Music in Afghanistan earn on average $30 a month as musicians, more than they would working on the streets:

In Yemen’s elite Counter Terrorism Unit, which includes 42 women,  “there’s no difference between females and males, [they] do everything the boys do,” says Lt. Fathia al-Hammdi, who has commanded male units:

The Arab world’s top diplomat, Amr Moussa, declared support Sunday for the people of Gaza; Moussa is the first senior Arab official to visit Gaza since the territory came under the control of Hamas:

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