News and Analysis (9/27/11)

“The king … also announced that women would be appointed to the Shura Council, a currently all-male body established in 1993 to offer counsel on general policies in the kingdom,” but Saudi women will have to wait four years to exercise their new franchise; in the meantime a woman is sentenced to ten lashes for driving:

“More than a month since Tripoli fell to rebel brigades backed by Nato, the National Transitional Council (NTC) has failed to expand to be more representative, generating a sense of division and drift about the future that western diplomats and many Libyans admit is worrying. It is now clear there will be no deal before the liberation of the whole country is formally declared”:

“Pakistani PM Yusuf Raza “Gilani pointed out that Washington didn’t help itself when it struck a deal on civilian nuclear cooperation with New Delhi but not Islamabad”:

The precipitous drop in American credibility in  the Arab and Muslim worlds so soon after the 2008 can be attributed to raised expectations followed by an utter failure to deliver; Palestinian statehood is Exhibit A:

The “judges, acting like terrorists with a hostage, demanded that he recant his faith in Christ before even taking evidence. The judges stated that even though the judgment they have made is against the current Iranian and international laws, they have to uphold the previous decision of the 27th Branch of the Supreme Court in Qom”:

“We want to be clear: they do not deserve undue credit for ending what they had no right and no justification to start in the first place” — Josh Fattal:

The shameful attack on Christian civilians is matched by the shameful posturing of Indonesian politicians; “the overwhelming majority of these religion-based ordinances are proposed by politicians from secular parties, rather than the Islamic parties. That suggests the regulations are more about electoral politics than piety”:

“The degree to which Syrian protesters are arming themselves is difficult to quantify because Syria has blocked nearly all outside witnesses to the bloodshed by banning foreign media and restricting local coverage”:


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