News and Analysis (1/6/12)

There are already 400 in custody over the alleged plot to overthrow the AKP government, including 100 journalists, but this “is the first time a former army chief has been referred to a court as a suspect”:

The Syrian media blooms despite the repression as the government releases more prisoners after last week’s release of 752 and “armed opposition force composed mainly of army deserters … condemned the Maidan attack and cast the blame on the Syrian authorities themselves”:

The sanctions have raised expectation of war in Iran and Iran’s trading partners scrambling fora way to ease tensions:

“World-class fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad hopes to compete in the 2012 London Olympics. If she qualifies, it is believed that she will be the first practicing Muslim to represent the U.S. in women’s fencing, and the first American to wear Islamic head-covering while competing”:

“A senior legal adviser to the Freedom and Justice Party has said that elected officials from his party would reassess the $1.3 billion in annual U.S. aid to the Egyptian military,” adding that “U.S. aid to Egypt, including to the military, does not help the economy or Egyptians and would be subject to debate by the new parliament”:

“Before my brother’s death I used to think the Copts in Egypt were repressed and discriminated against…. But now I know that the army is just attacking Christians so they can maintain power. It’s the typical divide and rule tactics. By dividing the Muslims and Christians they can stay in power”:

“U.S. officials described recent outreach to the Muslim Brotherhood, which appears destined to win the largest share of parliamentary seats, as a chance to put in practice policies President Obama outlined nearly three years ago in a major speech proposing a new relationship with the Muslim world centered on mutual respect”:

With the famine continuing and “Somali officials, backed by international forces, … too busy fighting among themselves to govern,” the defeat of religious extremists by foreign troops seems scant cause for optimism:

“The state of politics and the mood of the public in Kazakhstan, a Muslim country of 16 million, are of interest to the” U.S. because of supply routes for the war in Afghanistan, rivalries for influence with Russia and China, and billions of dollars in oil investments by American companies:






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