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In Tunisia, Islamist Victory Scores Big for Democracy

Islamism has become a democratic force: Noah Feldman

(Newser) - At first glance, it might seem that Islamists’ success in Tunisia’s election is a blow for democracy because the revolution that led to the election was secular. But the truth is that “the first leaders of a revolution are rarely a perfect sample of the broader population that... More »

FBI Training Materials: Muslims Are Dangerous

Training materials are playing into terrorists' hands, say former agents

(Newser) - A shocking Wired exposé reveals that FBI counterterrorism agents are taught that "mainstream" American Muslims are likely to sympathize with terrorists, and that more "devout" Muslims are more likely to be "violent." The magazine acquired FBI training materials, some from as recently as March, which also... More »

Martin Peretz: I Apologize for Slam on Muslims

'I wrote that, but I do not believe that'

(Newser) - New Republic editor Martin Peretz set off a furor earlier this month when he wrote of Muslims: "I wonder whether I need honor these people and pretend they are worthy of the privileges of the First Amendment, which I have in my gut the sense that they will abuse.... More »

Win in Afghanistan, or We're Doomed

Defeatnik columnists paving path to another 9/11: Stephens

(Newser) - Three big-swinging columnists from the left, right and center—Tom Friedman and Nicholas Kristof of the Times, plus George Will of the Post—have joined the chorus of naysayers on the war in Afghanistan. But if we lose this "relatively easy fight," writes Wall Street Journal columnist Bret... More »

Islamists Lose Ground in Turkish Election

Government suffers setback as voters turn to secular parties

(Newser) - Turkey's Islamist-leaning AK Party won local elections yesterday, but fell short of the overwhelming victory leaders had hoped for, reports the Los Angeles Times. With most of the votes counted, the party of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan won 39% of the vote, but lost ground to secularists in Istanbul and... More »

Malaysian PM Won't Quit After Election Rout

'Political tsunami' the result of govt's inability to quell racial strife

(Newser) - Yesterday's elections in Malaysia dealt a stunning blow to the coalition that has effectively ruled the country since 1957. Despite the worst-ever showing, the National Front clung to a bare majority in parliament, and the prime minister refused calls for his resignation, BBC reports. Outside observers fear unrest and financial... More »

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