News and Analysis (3/15/11)

For American-grown jihadists, it’s “Give me liberty or give me death”:

How “how some women navigated the restrictions under the Taliban to support their families”:

“Protesters – who organised the event via Facebook – say they have been inspired by uprisings elsewhere in the Middle East … say they want an end to the bitter political deadlock”:

As Bahrain declares martial law, the UAE Foreign Minister says the GCC military intervention is intended to restore “calm and order … and to help … to reach a solution,” but Virginia-based Iran expert Rasool Nafisi warns it “may spur a similar reaction from Iran” turning Bahrain into “a battleground between” them:

Absent the lifting of the state of emergency, we must expect the replacement of the State Security Investigation Service (SSIS) with a new “National Security Force” is nothing but a change of name:

Political considerations trump constitutional ones in the alignments as the NDP and the Muslim Brotherhood favor quick elections while the less organized political forces want to take it slow:

Muslim Sisterhood: 25% of the membership of Egypt’s Muslim Bortherhood are female and some are saying “the time is ripe for female activists to be admitted to the group’s highest echelons after decades of exclusion”:

You can’t call it sexism since one of the scholars also recommends a “shariah-compliant bra” for television host Ali Saleem, best known by his alter ego Begum Nawazish Ali:

“The Prime Minister’s Department said in a statement that the government was releasing the books, which have been held for months at two ports, because it was ‘committed to resolve amicably any interfaith issues,” but that it would not prejudice the “ongoing court case on whether non-Muslims have the constitutional right to use ‘Allah'”:

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