News and Analysis (11/23/11)

The military’s failure to fulfill its promises to the Egyptian people has left Egypt in a highly complicated and awkward bind:

The ICC’s chief prosecutor says “that the trial of Gaddafi’s captured son, Saif al-Islam, could take place inside Libya as long as certain conditions were met,” but “the unveiling of a new cabinet revived regional and tribal rivalries which threaten the country’s stability,” a situation the NTC prime minister finds “scary”:

“Because Iran’s progress has been mostly in the form of research, rather than any actual infrastructure, Western states will likely only take economic and diplomatic measures until Iran makes … decisive moves … that hint at an “all-out bid” for nuclear weapons,” and even “the angry rhetoric from Israel threatening a military attack on Iran’s nuclear program has quieted”:

“King Hamad Al Khalifa welcomed the report by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry and pledged reforms. However, he ignored its finding that Iran was not involved in unrest in the Gulf island state”:

Is Thanksgiving a Muslim holiday? Not quite; but it is impressively similar to Islamic holdiays:

Another stereotype exposed as a fallacy: Muslims are more prod of bring British than the average Brit:

“Under the GCC plan, Saleh will shift all his powers to his deputy, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who would form a new government with the opposition and call for an early presidential election within three months” but will Saleh renege again as he did with three previous plans?

Implying that he wants to return the favor to “Christians all over the world” who deplored Terry Jones’ “crime” of burning the Qur’an, the chairman of Ifhamul Quran International demands an inquiry as to who at the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority “made the decision to ban mentions of Jesus Christ (peace be upon him), and to prosecute them under the blasphemy law”:

“So far, her appointment has met with approval among Pakistan’s political classes. According to opposition lawmaker Ayaz Amir, “It’s a good choice. Pakistan has an image problem. A serious problem which someone articulate, sophisticated, and with the right background and poise can deal with”:

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