All in a day’s work in the Obama administration.
Iranian-American writer Reza Aslan was on The Daily Show last night to promote his new book, Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization. He and Jon Stewart began discussing the war in Afghanistan, with Stewart later on in the interview saying that he favored withdrawing from the country and expressed his frustration [...]
Hanevy Ould Dahah, who is now being held in Mauritania’s Dar Naim prison, is an unlikely dissident. Half-Arab and half-African, he was marked as a child to become a cleric, memorizing the Quran by age nine and studying at ultra-conservative academies. Some of his former classmates now lead Mauritania’s Salafist movement; Hanevy might have been [...]