News and Analysis (6/15/12)

By dissolving the parliament the Mubarak-appointed Egyptian high court has tipped the military’s hand that it has no intention of giving up power, but in doing so provides an opportunity for Egypt’s extremely diverse democratic movement to regain the unity it has lost since Mubarak’s resignation:

” The aim of transitional justice is both to punish the guilty and inspire reforms to ensure that abuses are not repeated…. Tunisia must first answer key questions, from whether and how to compensate victims to the scope and make-up of a possible truth commission”:

Showing contempt for lawyer-client privilege as well as for diplomatic immunity:

“After spending the last year and a half holding hearings on ‘radicalization’ within the American Muslim community, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.) is preparing to hold hearings on his hearings…. What’s next? A hearing on the Muslim community’s response to the hearing on the earlier hearings?”

“Both rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are intensifying violence in Syria and striving for military gains rather than peaceful transition, the chief U.N. monitor in Syria said on Friday”:

Scoffing that the government “basically handed Abyan over to terrorists, and we’re to thank the military for getting them out?” a local secessionist activist insists, “This is a southern victory for the southern people”:

“[S]tateless Muslim people of South Asian descent [are] now at the heart of Myanmar’s worst sectarian violence in years. The United Nations has called them ‘virtually friendless'”:

“The unlikely pro-Israel crusader quickly became the darling of the literary world. Yet soon after his release on bail, allegations began surfacing that Choudhury was a ruthless con artist with a criminal past”:

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