News and Analysis (1/24/11)

To the distress of the Palestinian Authority, Al-Jazeera claims to have “more than 1,600 internal documents from a decade of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations”…

… that show “that Palestinian negotiators offered far-reaching concessions on borders and Jerusalem in 2008, but that their Israeli counterparts balked”:

As Israel further sabotages its relations with Turkey by exonerating its military for killing civilians during their piracy on the ships delivering aid for Gaza …

… Gazans  “accuse Israel of damaging the goods during security checks, or leaving sensitive medical supplies in the elements” making a mockery of its promise to deliver seized the relief goods:

“Hezbollah and its allies are willing to be part of a new unity government with their rivals in Lebanon’s Western-backed political bloc if the candidate they are backing [Lebanese telecom tycoon Najib Mikati] is chosen to be prime minister”:

Standing up to the imagined threat of Shariah law in America, New Jersey’s Republican governor Chris Christie appoints a second Muslim judge to the Superior Court:

Amid Pakistan’s rising intolerance, cheers for Veena Malik for demanding from her accuser “”What does your Islam say, mufti sir … [about issuing] edicts on the basis of hearsay”:

As Steven Emerson ironically accuses Peter King of “McCarthyism” for not inviting him to name names at the forthcoming Muslim radicalization hearings, King attributes his alineation from the Muslim leadership to their initial reluctance in the days after 9/11 to believe that the act was committed by their coreligionists:

As a teacher’s strike exacerbates the crisis in Tunisia, Minaret of Freedom Institute president Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad summarizes an expert panel’s analysis of

Oil isn’t the only point of contention in Abyei; as in neighboring Darfur, grazing rights are an issue: “The 2005 peace agreement promised the Misseriya continued grazing rights in Abyei regardless of whether the land ended up in the north or the south”:






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