News and Analysis (1/25/13)

“As opposed to the Jewish-Israeli participants in the reality show ‘Living in La La Land,’ Sameh Zakout emerges as the one with the open mind while his housemates come off as xenophobes”:

“I request Muslim brethren to give up their demand to ban Vishwaroopam… Please discuss with Kamal how to make changes without affecting the storyline…. Kamal’s screening for Muslims before the theatrical release shows his love and regard for them” —

Details of the ALgerian hostage incident come to light …

… and Yvonne Ridley, once held hostage by the Talibnan argues, “The bottom line is Dr Aafia Siddiqui should not be in prison and as long as this injustice continues she will become a rallying call for anyone who wants to pick a fight with America” — former hostage Yvonne Ridley:

With French and African troops helping a “Malian army accused of executions and human rights violations[,]” Malians who welcome the French intervention see it as fighting one set of foreign invaders with another, but polls in France indicate the French public just hates Islam:

“Abu Mohammad, in his forties, gathered enough courage to leave his job. He said the tipping point for him was when he saw an imam being tortured in front of his eyes”:

A British MP is condemned for expressing his sadness that those “who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza” …

… while in the US an attorney for students who heckled an Israeli ambassador charges they were convicted under a statute that “makes completely lawful political speech a criminal act, and the 1st Amendment was never intended to allow that”:

“Hundreds of anti-government protesters have clashed with riot police in Bahrain’s capital after authorities denied a request for a major opposition rally”:

With five suspects now in custody, the police are asking the victim of homophobic insults to step forward:

With little changed in the two years since Tahrir Square, Egyptians return to the streets and one commemorative demonstration turns violent:







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