News and Analysis (12/14/11)

The Brotherhood’s “‘Freedom and Justice’ party championed the rights of free market economy and political and social diversity.”  Unlike the more conservative An-Nour Party, “the group’s most loyal supporters are not the fervent extremists they are made out to be in western media, but are well-educated and predominately middle-class Egyptians”:

Turkey emerges as a new regional power in the face of Iran. “Ali-Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, told a press conference on Tuesday that Turkey’s model of ‘secular Islam’ was a version of western liberal democracy and unacceptable for countries that he said were going through an ‘Islamic awakening'”:

Protesting what it calls a “a shatteringly cruel episode” about a woman, blaming her allergies, “gives away her husband’s 16-year-old dog,” the animal rights organization wants a free ad to quote the Prophet Muhammad (as) saying, “”All creatures are like a family of God; and He loves the most those who are the most beneficent to His family”:

Another episode from Aljazeera on Muslims of France, “this three-part series examines the history of Muslim immigration to France – a country where debate continues to rage over how to reconcile a long-standing tradition of secularism with religious diversity”:

Human Right’s activist, Moncef Marzouki, is elected as Interim President in Tunisia as Ennahda promises to form a new government by week’s end:

A “senior Iranian hard-liner criticized the Saudi visit’s attempt to ease strained Iran-Saudi relations. Hossein Shariatmadari, an aide to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Moslehi’s trip was a ‘gift’ to a regime on the verge of collapse”:

“Half of Afghanistan’s women prisoners are inmates for ‘zina’ or moral crimes. Many Afghan women’s rights activists say there must be an end to the culture of impunity and police must punish all those behind violence against women”:

 

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