News and Analysis (3/17/13)

Actors for censorship? Egypt’s “Actors’ Syndicate has banned the movie from being released in cinemas” on the gournd that it was never submitted to the censorship bureau, but the movie’s director protests that “hundreds of short and long independent movies have not passed through the bureau yet they were still released”:

Notwithstanding objections from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood that the document incorporates language alluding to issues beyond violence against women, “Iran, Libya, Sudan and other Muslim nations agreed to language stating that violence against women and girls could not be justified by ‘any custom, tradition or religious consideration'”:

“Obama’s new position is not without irony. The White House kept details of drone operations – which remain largely classified – out of public view for years when the U.S. monopoly was airtight”:

“Pakistan’s PM has hailed as “a victory” for democracy the completion of a full term by an elected government for the first time in the country’s history”:

Inspired by the thought that “Ariel Sharon … and Yasir Arafat … might be more likely to talk peace if they tried to lose weight together,” the diverse women of Slim Peace are united by their desire to lose weight. “We are not a peace-dialogue group and not a conflict-resolution group…. But we are bringing dialogue and exposure”:

The Israeli regime thinks it will have a better chance of seducing Obama into a war with Iran through the back door of involvement in Syria:

After opposition groups denounced “what they saw as irresponsible government accusations that Hezbollah was behind last year’s bombing that killed five Israelis in the Black Sea resort of Burgas,” the new PM announced Bulgaria will not list Hezbollah as a “terrorist organization,” but “only present the objective facts and circumstances” instead:

Finding a way to make herself even more of a laughing-stock, Pamela Geller tells her CPAC audience that American Conservative Union Board Member Suhail Khan is “worse” than the late anti-American propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki, while her cohort Robert Spencer criticizes conservatives who are “very anxious not to appear bigoted and racist”:

“Police fired tear gas to disperse thousands of supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi during clashes that erupted on Saturday as he launched development projects in southern Egyptian where residents have long complained of being neglected by the central government”:

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