News and Analysis (1/20/13)

Reports emerge that the hostage takers in Algeria include Egyptians, Tunisians, a Syrian, and are led by a Canadian, as the hostage death count rises:

“[T]his was not a movie about how America lost its values en route to a great strategic victory. No, this was a straight-up ‘hero catches bad guys’ movie, and the idea that audiences weren’t supposed to identify with Maya the torturer is ludicrous”:

“The admission, made in a court hearing, was likely to fuel concerns about the conduct of Pakistan’s security establishment in its battle against a domestic Taliban insurgency during the past several years”:

“Unlike the clean slates enjoyed by Islamists in post-revolution Tunisia, Egypt and Libya — where former autocrats had been overthrown — Jordan’s Brotherhood is competing with the entrenched and still relatively popular Hashemite monarchy. King Abdullah II’s regime has so far proved resilient even in the face of widespread anger over rising prices”:

“The hate speech by All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen’s MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi was vociferously condemned by us. He was arrested for the same but why does the same law not apply to [those who read from Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses in public]” — Mujahid Naqvi of Milli Council:

From the beginning Israel has sought to drive out the Muslims and Christians, but now many Isreali Jews want out, feeling alienated from the dominant ideology and seeking a more comfortable environment:

“Political efforts to resolve the conflict have largely faltered because of the rebels’ failure to form a unified front and because world powers are backing opposing sides”:

Before their expulsion Tamil-speaking Muslims “made up 5 percent of Northern Province’s population” but their Tamil ethnicity was denied by their Hindu and Christian countrymen because of their religion, and Tamil Tigers separatists feared the formation of  “a new national Muslim political party undermined [their] goal of a mono-ethnic Tamil state”:

“Esawi was one of the architects of the Sahwa tribal resistance that helped to subdue al Qaeda-linked insurgents battling U.S. troops in the Sunni heartland of Anbar at the height of the conflict of the last decade. Posing as a worker, the attacker hugged Efan al-Esawi before detonating an explosive vest, killing them both on the spot “:






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