News and Analysis (6/28/13)

There is no doubts that the Muslim Brotherhood supports capitalism. The question is will it open the marketplace to all Egyptians or continue Mubarak-style cronyism?

The indictment against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev charges he bought into propaganda that the way to end American killing of Muslim civilians was to murder American civilians:

Myanmar’s minister of religious affairs admires the nab who ” once called himself the “Burmese bin Laden” …

… while “Rafiq Rashid, a 21-year-old Muslim vegetable seller and refugee from Myanmar [says that] Myanmar Buddhists also were inciting hatred in Malaysia, encouraging their fellow countrymen to attack Muslims” …

… and some Burmese say awarding a “contract to a Muslim-owned company was ‘worrisome,’ especially as it came at a time people were calling for protection of nationality and race”:

“This horrific incident in Abu Musallem shows that Shi’ites can’t even gather in the privacy of their homes to celebrate and heightens fear of persecution among all religious minorities in Egypt” – Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at New York-based Human Rights Watch:

Islamic law encourages group prayer, but it only mandates it once a week; but the law protects religiously motivated, not just religiously mandated worship, and the ACLU says the warden appears to be in violationoif a court order:

“[T]he dispute between Russia, Assad’s main arms supplier, and the United States, which supports the rebels and recently announced it would begin providing them with arms, has left the Security Council in a state of paralysis on the Syrian issue”:

The crackdown is “causing a fuel shortage, doubling the price of building materials and shutting down some construction sites in the Hamas-ruled territory”:

“With 90-95 percent of the territory’s only aquifer contaminated by sewage, chemicals and seawater, … small-scale projects provide water for only about 20 percent of the population, forcing many more residents in the impoverished Gaza Strip to buy bottled water at a premium”:

Given the wide disagreement among Muslims as t what constitutes “halal” or “zabihah,” education, not legislation “is the best defense against fraud” and consumers should read online reviews, and “directly ask businesses owners about their halal offerings” and use their own judgement:


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