News and Analysis (7/5/11)

Embarrassed by international disgust at the ban on Gaza flotilla boats leaving Greece and the capture of an American ship in the fleet, Israel accepts the face-saving offer from bankrupt Greece, increasingly dependent on the Jewish state, to allow Greece to take the aid to Gaza through an Israeli port:

The “court said that … [s]ince the Dutch government tried to intervene in the situation, it could be held responsible for the deaths of three men”

“The National Council of Muslim Youth Organizations (NACOMYO) has implored the Boko Haram sect to yield to voice of reason and soften at shades of opinion aimed at addressing their grievances saying that life is sacred in Islam and should not be taken unjustly”

A shift in media portrayals to showing Muslims as emotionally complex, nuanced and humanizing can itself be a catalyst not only for reducing stereotypes about Muslims, but also for improving American citizen diplomacy with Muslims internationally and domestically.

As street clashes continue, acquittals begin:

“The main reason I want a secular state is to limit the power of government. History shows that politicians play the religion card for their own purposes”:

“Gaddafi is not negotiable, this is our position of principle, and the future of Libya will be decided by Libyans”:

His “Intellectual Origins of Islamic Resurgence in the Modern Arab World and Contemporary Arab Thought: Studies in Post-1967 Arab Intellectual History are now regarded as seminal works on the intellectual history of the modern Middle East”:

Libya denies Russia report Gaddafi seeking way out


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