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Today is a historic one in Egypt, as the nation holds its first elections in its history. According to Aljazeera, “large numbers” of voters turned out to participate in what is the first day of “a three-stage” election process. Egyptian voters are electing a new lower house of parliament today, and are choosing 168 of 498 deputies. It’s the first part of a process that lasts through March 2012. But the process is not without controversy. In some cases, at voting areas, ballots are showing up late,...

After refusing to sit down and talk with Iran regarding nuclear weapons, then criticizing Senator Barack Obama for saying we should do so, the Bush Administration finally joined the effort to talk with Iran about it’s nuclear program. The talks just ended, but were called “constructive and progressing” leaving the door open to future meetings. What the U.S. seeks is an end to the possible development of nuclear weapons, and so calls for assurances that Iran suspend enrichment of uranium. That did not happen at the...

The issue is honesty, justice, and fairness in American politics. Rumors abound questioning Senator Barack Obama’s commitment to a free and democratic Israel. Gary Hart says, in this piece at Huffington Post, “I find it outrageous and the height of political cynicism for any other candidate or campaign, Democratic or Republican, to question Senator Obama’s commitment to continuation of the U.S.-Israeli partnership and particularly to do so in a sinister, duplicitous, and scurrilous manner by spreading false rumors. When...