News and Analysis (11/1/10)

Both Pope Benedict XVI and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki condemn the siege after the bloodbath meant to free 120 Christian hostages:

“Turkey can be the West’s conduit to the Muslim world if Washington can bury its pique. The new Turkey won’t abandon NATO or its American alliance: If NATO wants to talk to the Taliban, or the West to Iran, it can help”:

Israel Schrenzel pays tribute to the late Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd as “one of the greatest liberal Muslim philosophers of our time”:

“As the international community floods Yemen with millions of counterterrorism dollars, analysts fear the crux of the problem – Yemen’s struggling economy – is not receiving the attention it deserves”:

Economic liberalization in China now allows Chinese Muslims, who a decade ago had poverty before pilgrimage on their mind, to make hajj to Mecca:

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