News and Analysis (12/1/12)

Human Rights Watch provides a list of the strong and weak points of the treatment of human rights issues in Egypt’s hastily completed draft constitution (click her for translation of full text; click here for comparison to suspended constitution here)

… but “[t]he contrast [between the pro- and anti-Mursi demonstrations] was undeniable – and not just in numbers. The protests Saturday were filled with bearded Islamists and conservative women, many from poorer neighborhoods. Those who came to Tahrir clearly represented the nation’s upper class, with unveiled women and clean-shaven men”:

The settlements and the murders of peaceful demonstrators were always illegal, but with the approval of Palestine’s nonmember state observer status at the UN, Israel’s eagerness to demonstrate its contempt for international law only increases:

An American singer scores a box-office success as she shows respect for Indonesia’s culture …

… but Muslim extremists sow vandalism and terror as they disrespect Mali’s culture:

The actress who has “has accused the [now jailed] purported filmmaker of fraud, libel and unfair business practice” in tricking her into participating in an anti-Muslim propaganda film is denied relief by the courts a second time, as the judge rules that she abandoned any copyrights she might have held to the film’s producers:

Leila Ahmed is the first time female Muslim to win “the University of Louisville’s prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Religion, a $100,000 cash prize”:

The NJ AG has “issued a directive requiring New Jersey law enforcement agencies to notify the New Jersey State Police Counter-Terrorism Bureau and the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness if they hear of outside departments working in” the state and an Assemblyman “has introduced legislation that would give such guidelines the weight of law”:

“Many conservatives say Mashaei will likely be barred from running [to succeed Ahmadinejad] but others believe it could be a tough challenge for the ruling system to disqualify him from the vote”:

Each side in the civil war had blamed the other for the blackout of Internet and telephone services, but it’s over now as the rebels, agreeing to allow peacekeepers into the country only if Asad is forced out  push on to Damascus and the regime bombs rebel-held portions of the capital city:

Is a civil war in Iraq next? “The Kurds have seen the move by Iraqi forces to consolidate control in areas disputed by the two sides as a declaration of hostilities”:

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