News and Analysis (4/12/13)

“A U.S. Special Operations raid targeting … a Taliban weapons dealer, in Uruzgan Province on Sunday night resulted in the death of [his] brother …, who is also the brother-in-law of Mohammed Qaseem, an aide to Karzai.” NATO claims U.S. troops were under fire, but “the provincial governor and police chief say both men were innocent” …

… while Musharrif, “facing charges for allegedly jailing 62 judges without evidence, and for his alleged role in the assassinations of former governor of Balochistan Nawab Akbar Bugti and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto[,]” is now the first Pakistani official, past or present, to admit “that his government had signed off on CIA drone strikes”:

“The inappropriate transfer of the e-mails follows other questions about government intrusion and secrecy that have undermined the legitimacy of a judicial process that has struggled to establish itself as an effective forum for the prosecution of some terrorism cases”:

“Shop owner Tun Tun Oo, his wife Myint Myint Aye and an employee, Nyi Nyi, were each jailed for 14 years on Thursday for assault and theft after an argument with a customer turned violent, according to the state-run Kyemon newspaper” …

… “[b]ut as sectarian violence led by Buddhist mobs spreads across central Myanmar, … Muslims are disappearing.
Their homes, shops and mosques destroyed, some end up in refugee camps or hide in the homes of friends or relatives. Dozens have been killed”:

“The case highlights Israel’s system of military detention for Palestinian minors, which has been frequently criticized, most recently by the United Nations, which said in March that an in-depth study showed that it systematically and gravely violated their rights”:

Femen activists are being called “Islamophobic and imperialistic” for their blatant scorn for the views of Muslim women, and even Amina Tyler, whose support for the movement has made her the victim of death threats is appalled by their public burning of the Islamic declaration of faith, saying, “They didn’t just insult some Muslims, but all Muslims”:

Human Rights Watch is demanding the full report be made public:

The Muslim Brotherhood always was and still is a conservative movement, but power always has and still does corrupt:

Tighter immigration restrictions are a contributing factor, but so is “simple demography. The children and grandchildren of those who came to Britain half a century ago may understand Bengali or Urdu, but English is their mother tongue”:

“The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders has described the country as the ‘world’s biggest prison for journalists'”:

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