News and Analysis (10/19/11)

When Gilad Schalit sat down minutes after crossing into Israel for his first conversation with an IDF psychologist, he smiled and said to the doctor: “I knew you would be surprised by my condition” …

… but Nael Barghouti, released after 33 years of imprisonment complains that his brother arrested without charge a year ago remains in prison with 5,000 other  Palestinians, with his “period of ‘administrative detention’ increased this week. It has been this way for him for the last 23 years, on and off”:

As Tunisia struggles to harvest the fruits of its revolution, Al Nahda condemns those protests of a screening of Persepolis on Tunisian TV, but says “the screening was a provocation”:

Bahrain-US arms deal challenges the fine line between economic freedom and human rights. “What the world needs is rigorous case by case evaluation of each proposed arms transfer so that if there is a substantial risk that the arms are likely to be used to commit or facilitate serious human rights violations, then the government must show the red stop light.”

A repercussion of Islamic extremism, the lack of Islamic slogans and symbols in the Syrian revolution comes as a source of relief to the international and local communities. And as the Arab League calls for Syria talks in Cairo, the regime’s media uses fear of Islamic extremism as a tool to gain support allowing it to remain in power.


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