News and Analysis (3/2/11)

The Obama administration has chosen to defend John Ashcroft’s abuse of “the material witness law to round up people suspected of ties to terrorism, without evidence to charge them with a crime”:

Will the West rise to the bait to create yet more enemies by intervening into Libyan affairs? The U.S. repositions two ships, but calls the move “symbolic”:

Another Pakistani politician is murdered for opposing the blasphemy law, but the country’s largest religious party, which had praised the similar recent assassination of his Muslim colleague condemns this killing:

“[A]ccording to those who have tracked his career in Britain, Choudary is wholly a press creation. ‘”He’s a media whore,’ says Mehdi Hasan, a senior editor at the New Statesman”:







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