News and Analysis (10/23/11)

“Tunisia’s elections, more than nine months after the country toppled its dictator of 23 years, Zine El Abedine Ben Ali, are a litmus test for the Arab Spring”:

“Mona Rishmawi, a senior U.N. human rights official, said after visiting Libya this month that up to 7,000 prisoners were being held with no judicial process. ‘This is, of course, a recipe for abuse,’ she told reporters”:

“Wounds on Gaddafi’s body appeared to confirm that he was indeed killed in cold blood in the chaotic minutes following his capture on Thursday”:

The new owners plan to keep the painting of Muhammad Yaro,  the Afro-American Muslim freed by George Washington in his will and who survived a life of hardship to purchase “bank stock … to secure a comfortable old age – after a life of abduction and bondage” on permanent display:

“The Iraqi decision is a boost to Iran, which has close ties with many members of the Iraqi government and which had been battling against the establishment of permanent American bases”:

A new definition of chutzpah–desecrate a cemetery to build museum of tolerance:

“The most likely candidate to replace Sultan as Abdullah’s successor is Prince Nayef, the powerful interior minister in charge of internal security forces, who is said to be closer to Islamic conservatives than the king”:







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