News and Analysis (3/23/11)

With Egypt’s emergency laws still firmly in place …

… but opposition spokesman Mohamed Qahtan is intimidated, warning Saleh, “Friday will be the ‘Friday of the March Forward’, with hundreds of thousands of people…We will arrive where you are and we will remove you”:

With airstrikes failing to stop sniper attacks in Misrata …

… Obama continues to shy from leading the military intervention in Libya, “Germany and Italy are reluctant to assert themselves in a region that still harbors memories of World War II occupation” as evidenced by Gaddafi’s vow of victory over “fascists who will end up in the dustbin of history“:

An attack on a mosque in Deraa brings “to 10 the number of civilians killed by Syrian forces during six days of demonstrations;” few as the protesters may be, the fact that there are any at all willing to confront the corrupt and brutal regime with the slogan “God, Freedom and Syria, period!” is a revolutionary development:

Can the Arab revolt spread to China? U.S.-based businesswoman Rebiya Kadeer says that “China had responded to the protests with a security crackdown that made the western cities of Kashgar and Urumqi resemble war zones as soldiers searched homes and rounded up members of her Turkic-speaking Muslim Uighur minority”:

“[A]n Israeli mortar killed three youths playing soccer and the grandfather of one of them in the most high-profile civilian casualty incident in Gaza in some time…. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed regret, but blamed Hamas“:

“It’s her religious belief . . . that it’s a sin to delay [the pilgrimage once one can afford it. The school board] put her in a position where she had to choose. Berkeley has qualified subs. She didn’t feel her absence would cause any problem at all.” — Kamran A. Memon, civil rights attorney:

Gaddafi’s enemies are a diverse group, including some who sought to fight him by proxy by joining the Iraqi resistance against the American invasion of Iraq:







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