News and Analysis (4/18/12)

With excuses for disqualification of the three frontrunners from the presidential race upheld on grounds ranging from the plausible (inadequate diversity in the sources of petition signatures) to the dubious (American citizenship of one’s mother) to the outrageous (imprisonment by the Mubarak dictatorship), a return to the streets may be in the offing:

Norwegian mass murderer resists having the genesis of his attempt to create a “Crusader” version of al-Qaeda exposed and protests against the humiliation of imprisonment, demanding he either be released as an innocent man or slain as a martyr …

… while “France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said Wednesday there is no shame in fighting so-called Islamization of France and insists it won’t breed a mass killer like the anti-Muslim Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik”:

With the victim’s accusation that the FBI was involved in rendition, his attorney calls it “deeply disturbing “  that the government is making surrender of their constitutional rights a condition of return to their home sin the U.S.:

The U.S. “and its Afghan allies have not abandoned the plan to build the larger Afghan force, which is needed to cover the withdrawal of American and NATO troops in 2013 and 2014…. But the larger force, which costs about $6 billion annually, is not seen as affordable over the long term in a country with a weak economy and little governance” …

… even as a “”morally repugnant” revelation hits the headlines:

“In 2010, the Saudi Human Rights Commission, a government-affiliated group, hired a lawyer to help a 12-year-old divorce her 80-year-old husband…. Saudi Arabia is a signatory of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child, which considers those under the age of 18 as children”;

Zionists turn apoplectic as Julian Assange begins his new webcast by interviewing Hassan Nasrullah:

“Although her family knew she was a Jewish convert, none of them knew of her brutal past. It was only in the past week that Jabarin, who was born Helen Brashatsky, finally sat down and told them the story of how she was born inside Auschwitz, the most notorious symbol of Nazi Germany’s wartime campaign of genocide against Europe’s Jews”:

“Sudan and South Sudan have accused each other of opening up a new front along their disputed border, raising fears of all-out war”:

A Ph.D. student tries to “to understand what ‘Islamism'” by observing current developments “in Gao and Timbuktu, northern Mali”:


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