News and Analysis (8/5/12)

Is a ruling that government transit agencies must accept an advertisement saying “Support Israel; Defeat Jihad” consistent with a ruling that they may reject an advertisement saying “Boycott Israel; Boycott Apartheid”?

“The motive of the attacks appeared to be efforts by the two Muslim leaders to combat the spread of radical Islam in the region”:

“The government can take down anybody at any time they want to…. As long as they’re willing to lie, and cheat, and manufacture evidence as they do here in these cases, all of us are at risk” — said Stephen Downs, executive director of Project Salam:

“[N]o one could make her believe churning her legs as fast as she could possibly make them go was against Allah and the Muslim faith, which she remains so devoted to she refused to compete without the hijab, especially during the holy season of Ramadan”:

A parliamentary vote of no confidence in Western friendly ministers and the success of Taliban propaganda  that the Afghan troops are not Muslims are omens of what’s ahead in Afghanistan:

“Tensions have been running high between the Sunni-dominated kingdom and Shiite Iran as both regional powers had taken opposite stances on the uprisings in Bahrain and Syria”:

An astronaut defects, historic sites are blasted, and pilgrims are abducted, but not to worry, and Hilary Clinton makes plans to discuss the deteriorating situation with the Turks:

“Erdogan’s government recently announced plans to introduce elective Kurdish classes in schools” but not “full education in the Kurdish language, fearing it would divide Turkey along ethnic lines”:

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