News and Analysis (1/16/13)

“You cannot impose things by issuing decrees and directives — a choice imposed by force has no value whatsoever…. In some universities, female students are forced to wear the chador (covering the whole body, leaving only the face exposed), but the way they are forced to wear it… it is better not worn since it becomes worthless” — Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:

“Egypt’s beleaguered educational system has long been run by Cairo, with poor results. Only Mongolia and Honduras rank lower among comparable economies. Egyptians now demand better” …

… but the role of religion in that reform is the subject of debate:

He might have a point is the college doesn’t already have at least than 25 books and one DVD on Judeo-Christian culture:

Is France leading the U.S. into yet another quagmire?

Amid political and economic consternation over the prime minister;s arrest …

… both the military and Qadri, who backed “a military coup in 1999 [and] … is calling for … the installation of a caretaker administration to oversee electoral reforms” deny “that the army, which has a long history of meddling in politics, has tacitly endorsed his campaign in an effort to pile more pressure on a government it sees as inept and corrupt”:

Someone, we don’t know who, found the message “Welcome to Sydney. Love for all, hatred for none” to be intolerable:

It’s a concession that sanctions have had an affect, but Ahmadinejad’s declaration that Iran must diversify and decentralize the economy, he points the way for the nation to emerge stronger:

The U.S. condemns Mursi’s impolitic statements against Zionist aggression made long before his election to the Egptian presidency, but has no comment on Israel’s current all-out frontal attack on Palestinian rights:

“The manuscripts are said to have come from a remote area near the borders of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, wild terrain largely controlled by warlords. Jews probably migrated there in the early Middle Ages to engage in commerce along the Silk Road” and constitute “actual physical evidence of the Jewish life and culture within the Iranian culture of the 11th century”:

Malaysia beats Saudi Arabia on “criteria including the level of safety in a country, the ease of access to halal food and prayer facilities, and whether hotels cater to the needs of Muslim guests”:

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