News and Analysis (5/10/11)

Muslim “scientists at the conference agreed … that science-religion issues popping up majority-Muslim communities at the moment are unlike the ones we typically see in American public debates,” but are concerned that a  “culture without freedom of thought had left scientists in many parts of the Muslim world in ‘an intellectual vacuum’”:

The sectarian violence in Egypt is being blamed on the Salafis, but in Malaysia it is the ruling party that is accused of provoking sectarian tensions:

A “popular Egyptian author Alaa Al Aswany doesn’t mince words when going after Islamic extremists for their treatment of women”:

“If you can’t eliminate injustice, at least tell everyone about it”:

“Ahmadinejad is trying to position Mashaei as his successor,” says Jon Alterman of CSIS. “But a significant part of the religious establishment is afraid of Mashaei,” so they have arrested him on charges of sorcery:

Iraqi “doctors say the biggest menace to patients these days is not so much a lack of money, basic training or even supplies” but rather “the skewed priorities of a corrupt, often indifferent Health Ministry that has gone on spending sprees in certain realms while leaving basic health care to flounder”:

“Tunisian news agency TAP said 13 people had been chosen late on Monday to serve on the committee, including lawyers, accountants and university representatives”:






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