News and Analysis (4/4/13)

British personnel were told to pretend the prisoners had been captured by Americans so that the government could “to side-step a Geneva convention clause that would have obliged it to demand the return of any prisoner transferred to the US once it became apparent that they were not being treated in accordance with the convention”:

Bassem Youssef loves Islam, but a jab by guest on his popular satirical program about people who build mosques for the tax deduction has become the excuse for a crackdown transparently motivated by an attempt to silence his ridicule of the foibles and missteps of the ruling FJP and its Muslim Brotherhood backers:

“In years past, local businesspeople would complain of the dizzying array of bribes and permits they needed to open up something as simple as a restaurant. Now folks are just going ahead without worrying about the state bureaucracy or the police”:

The same man who raised concerns that a mop “sink installed outside the House chamber men’s restroom could be intended to accommodate Muslims’ ritual of washing their feet before prayer” would rather kill a school voucher bill than see any vouchers go to Muslim schools:

Glenn Greenwald analyzes how Islamophobia is advanced under the guise of “rational atheism” by the likes of Sam Harris who claims “that there are unique dangers from Muslims possessing nuclear weapons, as opposed to nice western Christians (the only ones to ever use them) or those kind Israeli Jews”:

A judge ordered his release for lack of evidence two years ago, but the government, which has appealed, says the ballet dancer would rather stay in Guantanamo than go back to Russia:

Palestinians respond with hunger strikes in the prisons and demonstrations in the street over allegations that an inmate’s death from cancer was due to lack of treatment; Israel kills two demonstrators and exchanges fire with Gaza:

“An airstrike by U.S.-led forces mistakenly killed four policemen and two civilians in eastern Afghanistan, an Afghan official said Thursday”:

“Suicide squad dressed as soldiers leaves 44 people dead and over 100 injured in deadliest day for civilians in more than a year”:

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