News and Analysis (8/10/11)

With at least 1,700 unarmed civilians murdered, Syria blames “terrorists” for the uprising:

“The three dead men ‘did nothing wrong! They died because they were doing the job of protecting our community. The job that you lot should have been doing!’ one speaker shouted, jabbing an accusatory finger at the police panel”:

“The unanimous vote, called ‘the right thing at the right time’ by the Rev. Charles Swadley, retired pastor of Lakeside United Methodist Church, was met with joy by the Muslim community”:

Moros seek a federation like the U.S., wherein “powers over national defense, foreign relations, coinage and currency, and postal services are still the sole jurisdiction of the central government”:

“Some members of the Salafi movement have also been actively trying to convince martyrs’ families in Alexandria to accept money from police officers accused of killing their relatives”:

“In Afghanistan Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said: “‘The person who shot down the helicopter is alive and he is in another province operating against [foreign forces]'”:

“The administration has been surprised by a rise in anti-American sentiment in the Mideast, particularly in Egypt where President Barack Obama delivered a 2009 speech intended to ease tensions between the United States and the Arab and Muslim world”:

Former parliament member Jawad Fairouz, “who expects proceedings against him to be dropped, said some other detainees had been told they could not leave the country pending prosecutions in a civilian court”:

A statement from Netanyahu’s office suggests that any nuclear free zone will not include Israel:


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