News and Analysis (2/9/12)

For years we have urged Muslims to return to the sunnah of the gold standard; has the U.S. stabbed the dollar in the back by forcing Iran to go half-way there and paving the way for other Muslim nations (and the rets of the world?) to follow:

“The leaders of rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas signed a deal in Qatar on Monday to form a unity government of independent technocrats for the West Bank and Gaza, headed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas”:

Telling his wife “I am striking against humiliation,” Khader Adnan is called a terrorist by his Israeli captors, but they have never charged him with anything:

Turkish diplomats and Arab religious schoalrs have had their fill of Asad’s bloodshed:

A former teacher home-schooling her children enables her to combine lessons about Islam, science, and current events as “after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan last year. We studied earthquakes and tsunamis and donated” food to the victims in fulfillment of Islam’s charitable obligations:

“A defender of Palestinian rights, a friend of several Lebanese political players, and an former friend of Bashar Assad, Turkey is beginning to be seen as a model of an Islamic democracy, slightly different from the liberal version, but faithful to its most important principles” …

… and those who “say the Arab Spring [read: political Islam] is a threat to the world” have been “conditioned to view Islamism with anxiety since the Iranian revolution” but it is dictatorship rather  than “political Islam which has been unstable…. Reliance “on the Shah and Mubarak to provide stable allies in the Middle East … was shown to be an illusion”:

A comprehensive analysis of the elections in which not a single woman, not among the incumbents was elected amid worries “about the rising trend of sectarian agitation, derogatory, anti-tribal rhetoric, sexist discourse, and violent clashes among competing camps”:

The Freedom and Justice Party is reluctant to take a $3.2 Billion IMF loan that would help cut borrowing costs; while confessing that the “government’s borrowing policy is vague,” FJP vice chairman, Essam ElArian said, “Will we continue to depend on borrowing?”:

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