News and Analysis (1/14/13)

Islamophoibia is the key to the far-right move into the mainstream, according to the Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies at Teesside University:

“Al Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels in Mali launched a counter-offensive on Monday after three days of strikes by French fighter jets on their strongholds in the desert north, vowing to drag France into a long and brutal ground war” …

… while in Afghanistan, “well-connected militia chiefs … reluctant to disarm or cede influence” are “the legacy of the decade-long fight against the Soviets in the 1980s”:

“The Obama administration wants Saudi Arabia to keep supplying arms to Syrian rebels to force the ouster of Bashar al-Assad and to continue pumping oil at levels that keep gasoline prices low. In return, the United States says little or nothing publicly about human rights abuses in the kingdom”:

After unprecedented protests of the murder of 86 Shia in Baluchistan that went beyond the affected minority communities, the  federal government has dismissed the provincial government:

“King Abdullah’s decrees come against the backdrop of heavy restrictions on women, who are not allowed to travel, work, study abroad, marry, get divorced or gain admittance to a public hospital without permission from a male guardian”:

“Reports of the arrest of women-affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood organization in the UAE stirred national and international controversy, particularly regarding the claims of a “Muslim Sisterhood” particularly in the parent organization”:

“Western governments have built waivers into the sanctions regime – aimed at persuading Tehran to curb its nuclear programme – in an effort to ensure that essential medicines get through, but those waivers are not functioning, as they conflict with blanket restrictions on banking, as well as bans on ‘dual-use’ chemicals”:

An American who stayed behind “‘has absolutely no regrets’ about his … refusal to seek sanctuary in the embassy, saying[,] … ‘How dare we preach human rights and democracy and run at the first time we’re facing paper felonies…[?] To me [his Egyptian colleagues] are the future of this country and they’re worth fighting for”:

With neither a military nor diplomatic resolution of the Syrian tragedy imminent, some seek to turn to the International Criminal Court:

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