News and Analysis (9/16/10)

In a perverse move to fight fraud, officials sacrifice democracy to security by closing hundreds of polling places:

“May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, and there shall be none to make him afraid” — George Washington:

Elbaradei’s petition for reform has “collected 800,000 signatures, nearly 700,000 of them secured through the [Muslim] Brotherhood website”:

“Nudity is allowed in the West. How come wearing decent clothes is not allowed?” asked Hamzeh Mansour, the secretary-general of Islamic Action Front:

For Erdogan free trade, not sanctions, are the way to peace:

“More than nine hundred mosques have existed in the U.S. since the early nineteen-nineties, and the oldest one, located in Dearborn, Michigan, recently marked its seventy-third anniversary”:

Afghan officials promise security for elections

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