News and Analysis (8/15/11)

Enraged “opponents of the deposed president … vowed to challenge the decision with protests in downtown Cairo” …

… while a youth activist hailed as a hero of the peaceful revolution is denied the civilian trials accorded the supposedly deposed regime because “Nothing is new in post-revolution Egypt. The ones ruling Egypt now are the same as the ones who were ruling during Mubarak’s time. They are loyal to him still”:

The “defendants argue that the alleged plot was a theoretical scenario to help them plan for potential political unrest,” and “about 10% of the total in the armed forces” are now in detention, but “the military’s long history of coups and political interventions has cost it some of the public sympathy it might otherwise have had”:

Gaddafi remains defiant as Liby’s interior minister appears to defect and rebels take “the town of Zawiyah west of Tripoli”:

Giving a victim whose had was severed in the attack the same sentence as the longest sentence given the attackers send a message that religious minorities in Indonesia have no right of self-defense:

A UN spokesman cites 5000 refugees and calls the situation “alarming”:

In the face of fallacious accusations of anti-Semitism in Palestinian schools, a study of “the content of Israeli school books for the past five years” demonstrates what the author describes as a “racism that prepares young Israelis for their compulsory military service”:

WHAT IF … a Muslim won the competition for a 9/11 memorial? Unfortunately, what happens next is all too easy to imagine:

“Analyst Nabil Abdel Fattah, of the al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies, said the coalition was “a final attempt by the various political forces” to form an opposition group to stand against the Islamists in the elections”:

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