News and Analysis (4/15/13)

The bill would “exempt Israel from a requirement that applies to every other nation on the planet, for no reason other than to allow the Israeli government to engage in racial, ethnic and religious discrimination against US citizens”:

The rail union in France Union complains that the national railroad tried to make Shimon Peres feel at home with a little temporary apartheid, embarrassing “because of the part it played in the extermination of Jews, and other minorities” in WWII:

“The case in the Nile Delta city of Damanhour north of Cairo is the first of its kind against Morsi’s Brotherhood and is likely to embarrass the group at a time it is trying to fend off opposition charges of monopolizing power in the deeply polarized country” …

… while “members of the Muslim Brotherhood and its political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), as well as the Brotherhood’s official Arabic website, have also engaged in discourse stigmatizing religious minorities, particularly Christians” …

… so it’s not surprising that:

“After tens of thousands protested on Feb. 20, 2011, Morocco’s powerful king pushed through reforms. Two years later, activists say little has changed, and vow to face down threats and keep up pressure for a ‘real’ democracy”:

“Among those invited to Istanbul will be Moaz Alkhatib, a moderate cleric from Damascus, who said he was resigning as head of the Syrian National Coalition in March after other members of the main opposition group attacked his proposal for negotiating with Assad, the sources said”:

“A Gaza rights group is criticizing Israel’s military prosecutor for deciding not to press charges in an airstrike that killed a dozen Palestinian civilians during a November offensive against Hamas militants”:

“U.S.-educated Fayyad, a former World Bank official, was appointed in 2007 and drew Western praise for his efforts to develop institutions fit for a future Palestinian state. But his popularity sank amid 25 percent unemployment and soaring prices”:

“One Western diplomat said that after securing $5 billion in stopgap finance from Qatar and Libya last week, Egypt no longer felt the same sense of urgency to conclude the IMF negotiations”:

Bashir’s promise to open the orders with South Sudan may indicate a commitment “to peacefully resolve a host of issues that spilled over from the secession of the South”:






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