News and Analysis (12/21/11)

“Egypt’s conservative society has been shaken by nearly a week of deadly protests and by powerful images of women being stripped and beaten by soldiers in riot gear;” yet the elections continue:

The British court says “there is ‘a substantial case’ for saying the US government is bound under international legal agreements to agree to such [habeus corpus] requests from London. The appeal court has now given the British government a further four weeks to secure his release”:

“The secretary was clear that we have no indication that the Iranians have made a decision to develop a nuclear weapon” –  Pentagon press secretary George Little, clarifying Leon Panetta’s statement that Iran could “assemble” a nuclear weapon within a year if they already had a secret enrichment facility that we don’t know about:

Hashemi wants the “Sunni-backed Iraqiya block to end a boycott of parliament and of his year-old power-sharing government. ‘But,’ he warned, ‘If they insist, they are free to do so and they can withdraw permanently from the state and all its institutions’”:

“A small animal rights party proposed the ban and it won backing from a large anti-Islam political party and a solid majority of Dutch voters, leading to easy passage in Parliament’s Second Chamber. But Christian political parties opposed it from the start out of concern for religious minorities”:

France, which has long banned free and open discussion of the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews now wants to do the same for the Turkish massacre of the Armenians:

As the brutal repression mounts, signs of a Syrian civil war continue to emerge:

Defending “attacks by Israeli extremists on military bases, mosques and Palestinian property,” Israel’s foreign ministry says that “instead of “interfering with Israel’s domestic affairs,” it should focus on interfering in the internal affairs of Syria:

Like the more moderate Freedom and Justice Party, the “Nour Party is committed to agreements signed by previous Egyptian governments, including the 1979 peace treaty with Israel,” insisting that the ““the place for [any changes] is the negotiation table”:







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