News and Analysis (11/8/12)

Under a law that state media said allows the government to “re-evaluate the nationality” of citizens, Bahrain’s government revoked the citizenship of 31 Shias  for “breaching national security and damaging the supreme interests of Bahrain,” even though, according to Amnesty International, many had been acquitted previously of such charges:

The prosecutor “argued Youssef’s lies about his identity have caused harm to others, including the film’s cast and crew … [who] had no idea he was a recently released felon” or that Youssef would dub over “the words they spoke in the movie” to make it inflammatory. Youssef;s attorney objected that moviemakers “are entitled to change anything”:

“[I]t is important to remember that when one segment of our population faces discrimination it has ripple effects on us all. We are all interconnected and government policies affect the entire community…. Envisioning a better future is not enough. We, as a community, must be willing to play an active role in creating that future”:
Salam al-Maryati sees Obama’s re-election as “an opportunity … [for] engagement and more inclusion” in “bolstering partnerships with law enforcement for national security, working within faith-based government programs, and building bridges with the Muslim world” promoting democracy and fighting violent extremism”:
The bank says it  “no hats, no hoods, no sunglasses” policy cuts down on crime, but “David Bernstein, a member of the Tulsa Say No to Hate Coalition and the Jewish Federation of Tulsa” says, “There’s a very clear difference between something like a ski mask, and something like a hijab”:
 A prosecutor’s order to enforce a Mubarak-era court decision “fuels a fear among liberals that the rise of Islamists to power will usher in repressive tactics used by the ousted regime of President Hosni Mubarak”:
Arguing against the US government’s position that Congress intended American victims to benefit from the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002, attorney David Strachman says  his Israeli clients should get assets donated by innocent American Muslims but confiscated under criminal forfeiture statutes:
In Damascus, Alawites, Sunnis, and government all get bombed:
Turkey seeks heavier arms to use against Syria and Britain reviews its embargo policy:






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