News and Analysis (3/21/12)

The FBI arrested a Muslim merchant “the day before he was to participate in a press conference to detail what he charges are efforts to entrap him into some kind of terrorist-type activity and for introducing into his life a dangerous individual linked to fraud and murder”:

“There are three key sources of tension that all need to be addressed: government-funded training that casts Islam as encouraging violence, surveillance of individuals and communities without a criminal predicate and the use of informants to goad individuals into criminal activities”:

Palestinian Christians fed up with Israeli propaganda blaming  Muslims  for the plight Israel  has inflicted upon them:

Muslims and Christians pray together in Egypt in mourning of Coptic Pope Shenouda. “He was a man inviting peace and love and brotherhood.  We send our condolences to our brothers the Copts on the loss of Pope Shenouda”:

“The attacks on Tuesday struck Shiite pilgrims in the holy city of Karbala, set cars on fire near a police headquarters in Kirkuk and targeted security forces and government officials in Baghdad. In all, insurgents struck eight cities in just under six hours, killing 46 and wounding 200 people”:

The United Nations calls on Bahrain  to investigate reports of protesters and bystanders killed by security forces. The Bahrain regime continues to speak softly and carry a big stick:

Mrs, Clinton says that “Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Britain … made tough decisions to restrict oil sales [from Iran]. The European Union as a whole banned new purchases from Iran in January and is moving toward a complete ban by July 1”:

France submitted to the Security Council on Monday a Western-drafted statement supporting U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan’s peace efforts in Syria and sending a strong message to Damascus to end violence against protesters, European diplomats said. And Damascus receives some of its toughest criticism from Russia yet:

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