News and Analysis (8/23/10)

A dangerous situation: the percentage of urban Iraqis living in slums has skyrocketed from under 20%  before the American invasion to 53% today and unemployment is over 25%:

The worst side of nationalism, and of nativism meet in a recent Israeli government effort to “preserve the Jewish character” of the state:

“’Yo, we’re against Muslims, not each other man,’ someone in the crowd yells” …

… but in “the heart of the U.S. military machine …religious tolerance is part of what it means to be American”:

“The wrecking ball they’re wielding is not merely pounding Park51 …, but is demolishing America’s already frail support for” a war to nation-build in a country “whose most conspicuous asset besides opium is actual mosques”:

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