News and Analysis (7/21/12)

An agent of the Syrian government spying on Syrian dissidents in the U.S. get off with a 18 month sentence while prosecutors recommend 17 years for that the apparently mentally unstable target of anFBI sting operation reported to have “stood in the road not moving and appeared to have wet his pants”:

“The extremist ministate in northern Mali is the unexpected fallout from the collapse of what had been regarded in the West — mistakenly — as a stable African democracy with functioning institutions in the capital”:

“I am fully aware that she sometimes has difficulty with her facts, but this is downright vicious and reaches the late Senator Joe McCarthy level” — Ed Rollins …

…while satirist demonstrates that Michelle Bachmann is more closely linked to al-Qaeda than Huma Abedin is to the Muslim Brotherhood …

… but undaunted, Bachmann casts her net wider still to include Rep. Keith Ellison:

An academic protests the “sloppy and sensationalistic journalism that has made the work of academics who study and teach about the region much more difficult”:

“From Hezbollah’s perspective, avenging Mughniyah requires selecting a target with reciprocal value, such as a high-profile political or military figure in Israel” not tourists:

“Corruption and suspicions of vote fraud – the same problems that stoked the biggest street protests of Putin’s 12-year rule in recent months – are helping fuel the spread of conservative Islam in Russia’s Muslim regions”:

“Thousands of anti-government protesters in Bahrain clashed Friday with riot police firing tear gas during demonstrations against plans to limit political marches”:

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