News and Analysis (3/29/11)

Obama’s argument for military intervention in Libya was less than convincing:

[H]undreds of thousands of regime supporters poured on to the streets” of major Syrian cities as Assad accepted the resignation of his cabinet and hopes mount that he will lift the emergency laws:

With Mubarak under house arrest and Germany offering advice on how to dismantle Egypt’s feared secret police, the military hands down interim measures to “stand in for [Egypt’s suspended] constitution, but give no indication whether or not they will endorse the “decree that would outlaw any strikes or protests that would harm the economy”:

Protesters accused Saleh of facilitating violence as a ploy to keep power, but pledged that “popular committees” can keep the peace if the government falls, as “[d]ozens of policemen and soldiers from different units joined the protests … chanting … ‘The people want the fall of the regime’ and ‘The police and army are partners in providing daily needs'”:

Notwithstanding their continued presence in Misratah, Libyan rebels fail to meet the challenge on Gaddafi’s home turf:

Her critics object that parading around in a bikini is degrading to women, but Shanna Bukhari intends to enter the swimsuit competition wearing “a one-piece and a sarong;” would she consider a bathing cap for a headcover?

As hearings on the civil rights of Muslims begin in Washington, CAIR’s Ibrahim Hooper praises “a victory for common sense and legislative restraint” in Tennessee in the wake of the CNN exposé on Islamophobia in that state:

The Muslim Bernie Madoffs “had won key endorsements from religious scholars who belonged to a Chicago-based Shariah Board, which provides guidance to conservative Muslims on following Islamic law”:

Pakistan’s chief advocate of tolerance in the legislature says “politicians from religious parties compromise” on “bills against domestic violence and sexual harassment in the workplace,” but that it is “the faltering economy [that] fuels extremism”:

“The boys who she accused of rape are bringing a case because it is a very grave offense to accuse someone of a sexual crime,” says a spokesman for the pro-Gaddafi militias, unconcerned that under Islamic law rape is a crime of aggression (like armed robbery), not a sex crime (like fornication or adultery):

 

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