News and Analysis (8/7/12)

The attackers that killed 16 Egyptian soldiers before launching an attack on Israel is adding to the strains between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian military  while creating new ones Egypt and Hamas:

As politicians pump up the anti-Muslim rhetoric, the lunatic fringe in their audience engage in ignorant acts of violence that even affect Sikhs as well as innocent Muslims:

Syria’s defecting prime minister “called the Syrian government a ‘terrorist regime’” …

… but a Sunni shopkeeper, appalled by excesses of the anti-Assad forces laments, “I cannot support the murder of my neighbors in the name of change. You cannot bring democracy by killing innocent people or by burning the shrines of Shiites. Syrians don’t do that. This is the work of the Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia” …

… and  Iranian PM Ali Larijani warns, “These crimes are not something the Iranian nation will disregard…. The American regime and some countries in the region are responsible for these crimes. And they will receive their response in turn”:

It turns out that the argument that drones help avoid collateral damage (murder of civilians) “bases its most fundamental argument on Israeli military industry propaganda and an unpublished conference paper”:

The woman “allegedly said she did not have time and did not want to show her ID card and covered herself up with another veil as she walked away, the police source said, asking not to be named. When police tried to take her to the station, she allegedly grabbed hold of a vehicle and started kicking, punching and screaming”:

“The past year’s offensive against Islamist militia Al Shabab should have opened territory for aid groups to operate in. But security and funding shortages remain problems”:

“Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak resigned on Tuesday after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament, leaving President Hamid Karzai scrambling to find a replacement for one of his top security tsars as insurgent attacks mount”:

With Sudanese still bitter over the 1998 U.S. bombing of  “Sudan’s largest pharmaceutical facility, a trophy plant that specialized in anti-malaria medicines, antibiotics, and lifesaving veterinary goods” …

… “The interim constitution agreed to in 2005 to end the north-south civil war was an inclusive reflection of Sudan’s religious and ethnic diversity. But the breaking off of South Sudan, the economic crisis, and conflicts opened the way for a return of Islamic rhetoric”:

You can’t tell the players without a program:







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