News and Analysis 3/13/21

Both parties in Afghanistan are highly skeptical of U.S. attempts to accelerate a political settlement. “Pressure from the United States never works… we know this because they have already tried all forms of pressure for 20 years”:

Upon her release after a five year sentence, Zaghari-Ratcliffe was immediately summoned to court on a new charge. “British FM calls the new trial “unacceptable” and calls on Iran to let her return to Britain”:

Security footage captured two masked individuals as they launched flammable materials through a window of a Muslim private school in Sweden:

On Saturday, Sri-Lankan officials told the media that the country would be banning burqas and shutting down thousands of Islamic schools:

Israel has targeted roughly a dozen vessels according to a Wall Street Journals report that stated, “Israeli operatives were suspected of planting a limpet mine on an Iranian vessel anchored near Lebanon in February … en route to Syria”:

As footage shows about 10 Israeli settlers, equipped with masks and batons, approach the Alayan family before pelting them with rocks moderately injuring the man and lightly injuring his wife:

Abid Riaz Qureshi, a Pakistani-born American Muslim and attorney from D.C, was nominated for district court by President Obama in 2016. Media reports indicate that the Biden Administration is “considering naming Qureshi to U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia”:

A video showing two men severely beating a Muslim boy who allegedly entered a Hindu temple to drink water “sparked outrage”:

Siddarth, previously a devout Hindu,  narrates his journey to becoming a Muslim and describes how India’s polarizing establishment has made daily life a struggle for Muslims who “are living as second class citizens. I have felt the difference, I’ve seen it with my own eyes”:

The representative of the Baha’i International Community to the UN says plans in the leaked documents “to change children’s beliefs is a galling violation of human rights”:

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