News and Analysis (6/10/13)

Erdogan seems to lack the ability to distinguish between a military coup by the armed forces and peaceful demonstrations by citizens, while the Turkish media is accused of a blackout, and the protests may evidence, as in the Arab spring, a divide between young vs. old more than between secular and religious:

Rejects the Egyptian model, Ghannouchi said, “Two-thirds supported the Egyptian constitution, but the other third didn’t see themselves in it… That is not what we want”:

“[T]he Kerala high court has ruled that Muslim marriage is primarily a civil contract to legalize sexual intercourse. In the same vein, the court held that denying a woman her conjugal rights for an extended period amounts to ‘cruelty'”:

“The missile strike, on a compound near the Afghan border in the North Waziristan region late on Friday, was the first U.S. drone attack in Pakistan since Sharif was sworn in on Wednesday. There was no information about the victims”:

James Madison thought that “the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad” because in issues of foreign affairs “the body of the people are less capable of judging and are more under the influence of prejudices, on … [matters foreign affairs] than of any other” …

… and vice versa, the fact that “Washington could provide friendly governments with virtually unlimited information about their own citizens’ private communication on the Internet” isn’t good for our image abroad:

“The fire is the latest in a series of suspicious incidents at Muslim institutions since the May 22 killing of a British soldier on a London street. Anti-Muslim actions and angry social media sentiment have emerged in Britain since the killing, including fires at mosques in north London and in the east coast city of Grimsby”:

Did Israel bite off more than it could chew when it and the U.S. started a cyberwar with Iran with Stuxnet?

“Instead of fighting suspicion and hate, politicians have in fact fueled these sentiments in recent years, by enacting laws that foster unequal treatment”:

“The new government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has made rescuing, reforming and possibly privatizing state-owned enterprises a priority”:

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