News and Analysis (5/11/11)

The ill-conceived and xenophobic law could annul wills, adoptions, and foreign marriages:

“Egypt’s caretaker government said on Wednesday it will prepare a law within a month to ease restrictions on building churches while banning protests in front of places of worship, after attacks on Cairo churches”:

Is NATO’s Libyan mission to save civilian lives? It sure doesn’t look that way …

… as NATO support enables the rebels to capture an airport at Misrata and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls for an immediate cease-fire in Libya,  a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace warns against too hasty a dismissal of Gaddafi’s claims of al-Qaeda fighters among the rebels; Gaddafi himself released them from prison:

Bin Laden’s sons “demand an inquiry” into “the accuracy of the facts as stated by the United States into the fundamental question of why our father was not arrested and tried but summarily executed”:

Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif expresses “serious concern that our security institutions knew nothing when the helicopter gunships and commandos remained in our territory and airspace for so long,” he told a news conference, calling for a judicial commission to lead the investigation“:

As the killings continue in Syria and Yemen,  Human Rights Watch points a finger at Bangladesh, where they say “a total 732 suspects have been killed since the battalion was formed in 2004 under a previous government”:

Among the Iranian people, it is Rumi more than Khamenei who “is a spiritual guide and guru whose words hold unmatched moral authority”:


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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