News and Analysis (6/14/13)

Does this sound familiar?  “Obama’s deputy national security adviser … said U.S. intelligence had determined with ‘high certainty’ that Syrian government forces have ‘used chemical weapons'”:

Is Erdogan beginning to realize he could lose what’s left of the the political capital that reforms have earned him, if he continues to use opposition propaganda against him as an excuse for censorship and abridgment of the right of peaceful assembly:

Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon demands an end to his government’s pretense that they are want peace …

… while settlers demonstrate that their hatred extends even to the dead:

“[M]ost Iranians want change, but not at the expense of ending up in a Syria scenario”:

“Frustrated that it cannot seem to change the system from within, the Brotherhood has begun to deploy street-level workers to fix everyday problems that resonate with millions of poor Egyptians. Bread is one of Egypt’s most explosive issues”:

Bill Cosby urged emulating Muslims “who put so much effort into teaching children the right things, they don’t smoke, they don’t drink or overindulge in alcohol, they protect their women, they command respect”; Allen West scorned Cosby’s plea as a call for “honor killings, beheadings [and] suicide bombings”:

To call someone a dog in Arabic is a very serious insult, but to sentence the perpetrator to two years jail time only justifies the insult:

“The ballot, the first presidential poll since a disputed 2009 contest led to months of unrest, is unlikely to bring profound change in Iran’s rocky ties with the West, but it might bring a softening of the antagonistic style adopted by outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad”:

He doesn’t understand the system. If he’d just turned his victim in for illegal drug use, he’d have been hailed as good citizen and the drug abuser would have been the one in prison:

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