News and Analysis (2/8/12)

The Israeli “price tag” campaign of desecration of holy places spreads beyond mosques as “‘death to Christians’ and other Hebrew-language graffiti has been scrawled on a Greek Orthodox monastery in Jerusalem”:

Shortly after release of his “Worldwide Threat Assessment”, James Clapper, “the director of national intelligence, said of Iran: ‘We don’t believe they’ve actually made the decision to go ahead with a nuclear weapon,’” raising the question:

Tawakkul Karman is the new face of political Islam. She wears a veil, but talks of democracy. She fights against despots, but preaches non-violence. She asks the West for respect, but at the same time wants to work together. She is religious, but no extremist:
The granddaughter of the Muslim Brotherhood’s founder says that “the revolution has been definitely good for segments of Egyptian women who first voiced their grievances and succeeded in mobilising thousands, and later on millions, of Egyptians around primarily humane demands.” Yet, while women “paid the price, they shared little of the gain”:

Faiza Abou el-Naga’s “intensifying campaign against the civil society groups offers clear proof, her critics say, that some elements of the old guard remain entrenched and are trying to block the rise of new political leadership in the country”:

Islamic parties participating in Algeria’s upcoming elections are anticipating victory and warn of the consequences of fraud in a post Arab Spring Middle East:

“Festival Film Journalism” or the form of  journalism that revolves around the theme of “Islamists killing secular intellectuals” has been very attractive to the secular journalists in the Middle East and their Western audiences:

Faced with charges that his accession was “a ‘coup’ engineered by rogue elements of the police and supporters of the country’s former autocratic leader” or by “Islamic extremists” the new president says Islamists are a ” part of the society” of the Muslim countrythat should not be ignored and insists that he plans “to create a plural multiparty government”:


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