News and Analysis (3/23/12)

The Muslim targets are the canaries in the coal mine; “in the name of fighting terrorism, law enforcement agencies around the country have scrutinized groups that legally oppose government policies” …

… and it’s getting worse. “The U.S. intelligence community will now be able to store information about Americans with no ties to terrorism for up to five years under new Obama administration guidelines”:

The man accused of the massacre Afghan civilians will be tried without autopsies or eye-witnesses and against a background suggesting a cover-up:

As blowback from U.S. Foreign policy continues, the Taliban are now operational in Paistan’s largest city, where ithey are”generating funds through bank robberies, protection rackets and kidnappings”:

is killed in a shoot-out, but under criticism for his security failure to realize the threat posed by a man with a long criminal record but no contacts to terrorists, Sarkozi’s perverse remedy is to jail anyone who visits a terrorist website:

A substantial number of women were numbered among the jurists of early Islam, while none were included in the founding of Pakistan’s constitution. If Egypt wants to avoid ending up with a constitution that engenders a legal system insensitive to women, they will include a substantial number of women in the panel that will write it:

“While the anti-Shariah movement may be losing momentum, it certainly hasn’t gone away”:

Al-Qaida’s murder of a beloved American teacher on the pretext he was proslytizing is symptomatic of local grievances that cold spark a regional crisis …

“Despite a UN statement yesterday calling for an end to the violence, which was backed even by Syria ally Russia, 82 people were killed yesterday in clashes around the country”:

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