News and Analysis (1/11/13)

Over the past two years the outgoing central bank chief had drained half of Egypt’s foreign reserves trying to prop up the pound; now Mursi’s government is putting “together a plan for halting the economic slide, which is likely to include the reduction of some vital subsidies on foodstuff and fuel that Egypt’s poor rely on”:

Although the Libyan “party won only 17 out of 80 seats that were competed for under party labels[, of] … people running as independents, about 60 have since joined a Brotherly caucus…. Its cohesion enabled the party to play kingmaker during the selection of a prime minister, blocking candidates it deemed unfriendly”:

“Iran welcomes Egypt’s bid to resolve the Syrian crisis before foreign troops intervene, and reports that Indonesia, Pakistan and Malaysia are interested in going the effort”:

“Fatimah Jackson, an African American convert to Islam, is professor of biological anthropology at the University of North Carolina…. She knew and taught evolution before her conversion to Islam in the 1970s and has never considered the two to be in conflict. She took the position that science only tells us ‘how’ things happen, and not ‘why'”:

A move to prevent elopement in an Indian village by banning, among other things, girls from using cell phones is slammed as habing “nothing to do with Muslims or Islam” and rather being “a product of Indian society, feudal Indian society,” of councilmen who are “anti-women, anti-modern, anti-minority; they are against anything, which is different”:

“Pakistan’s minority Shiite Muslims have increasingly been targeted by radical Sunnis who consider them heretics, and a militant Sunni group claimed responsibility for Thursday’s deadliest attack – sending a suicide bomber into the packed pool hall and then detonating a car bomb five minutes later. It was one of the deadliest days in recent years”:

“Women and girls were in the forefront when the uprising began nearly two years ago with peaceful protests, in part because they were considered less likely than men to arouse the suspicions of the government’s security apparatus. But now … they are playing a more traditional role in humanitarian relief, bringing food, medicine and clothing to refugees”:

An escape of prisoners, some associated with al-Qaeda, and a government threat to use force against Kurdish exporters highlight the deteriorating situation in Iraq:

“The strikes are seen as a way to weaken adversaries of the Afghan government before the withdrawal and serve notice that the United States will still be able to launch attacks”:

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