News and Analysis (6/23/11)

Unconditional aid is reserved for Israel:

Plaintiffs argue “that California law bars local governments from restricting medical procedures;” it would “infringe upon my rights as a Muslim to practice here,” and “also take away my rights as a parent to choose what’s a good procedure for my child” — plaintiff Leticia Preza, 31, mother of a 4-year-old boy and a baby girl:

Ghanouchi says  the Socialists “have no confidence in their ability to compete with al-Nahda. Hence they seek one postponement after another” but together with “the leading liberal faction … have made compromises to keep the electoral process on track in the hope that the democratic transition was more important that the result”:

Two “days after members of the family of a close aide were killed in an air strike,” Libya denies claims the target was control and command center:

The judge says Wilders’ incendiery speech is permissible because of the context; unfortunately, the context is that  “Dutch voters … have reconsidered their famous tolerance amid fears their culture is being eroded by immigrants who don’t share their values”:

As vulnerable to Islamophobia as he is to kryptonite?

“If the Netherlands outlaws procedures that make meat kosher for Jews or halal for Muslims, it will be the first country outside New Zealand to do so in recent years. It will join the Scandinavian, Baltic countries and Switzerland, whose bans are mostly traceable to pre-World War II anti-Semitism”:

The suit charges an executive director “asked several child care attendants including Huri to hold hands while she prayed out loud in the name of Jesus Christ, and told another child care attendant who requested to work with Huri that she should work with a ‘good Christian,’ not with Huri who was ‘evil'”:

Parsing the babbling of a neocon “Islam expert” suggests that either the Secretary of State “arranged for Huma Abedin to be married to a Jewish guy from New York who needed to convert to Islam in order” to suppress lesbianism rumors, or else “the whole marriage is … a ‘charade from the outset,’ that all parties agreed to for — some reason”:

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