News and Analysis (10/24/12)

After “a string of minor marijuana arrests” the young Bangladeshi-American “who has now denounced his work as an informant, said police told him to embrace a strategy called ‘create and capture’” in which he would create “a conversation about jihad or terrorism” and send “the response … to the NYPD” and be paid $1000 per month:

Iran hints that it might enrich uranium to 60%, three times the level needed for medical purposes:

“Hinna Khan, a 17-year-old from Swat, was named during a call made to her mother’s mobile phone two days after Malala, who spoke out against the Taliban, was attacked…. Hinna’s father … said: The Taliban have kidnapped me and tortured me in the past for promoting women’s development, but now they are threatening the entire family”:

Malala is only one in a long line of females prominent in the making of Islamic tradition, starting with another young firebrand named Aisha (may God be pleased with her) …

… and she won’t be the last; “It’s a victory of tolerance…. We have sent a message out from Visoko. A message of tolerance, democracy and equality”:
“Taliban insurgents will increase the number of insider attacks against coalition and Afghan forces, which have resulted in the deaths of at least 52 foreign troops so far this year, the movement’s reclusive leader said Wednesday”:
Brahimi’s announcement that the parties to the Syrian conflict had agreed to an Eid truce, echoed by the Russians, may have been premature …

… as may have been international speculation that the assassination of would trigger a Lebanese civil war:

At a time when Ahmadinejad’s enemies blame him more than Western sanctions for Iran’s economic woes, his dospute with Larijani over whether he needs judicial approval to visit Evin orison demonstrates that Western claims that he is a “dictator” sorely misread the political structure of the Islamic Republic:

“Unlike Russia’s volatile North Caucasus region, where clashes between police and Islamist insurgents are regular events, oil-producing Tatarstan has until recently been relatively peaceful”:

“Culture and Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman said four Israeli planes attacked the factory and two people were killed[,]” adding “that evidence pointing to Israel had been found among remnants of the explosives and that Sudan’s cabinet would hold an urgent meeting at 20:00 (17:00 GMT)”:






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