Here are few quick touch and go's to direct you to some interesting reading around the blogsphere:
Solomon's House has a fascinating piece up about "Millions for Defense, Not One Cent for Tribute" referring to the ransoms for American citizens demanded by Ottoman Empire Barbary pirates.
Meanwhile, The Anchoress discusses the "socially acceptable" prejudice (which I talked about in the run-up to the 2004 election here. )
Over at Camp Katrina, guest blogger, Amal Chaaban offers news analysis and refreshing Muslim perspectives on world events. This week she covers "The Good, The Bad, And the Ugly"
Dymphna at The Gates of Vienna is keeping a close watch on what's happening in Pakistan, and thinks trouble is brewing...
GM's Corner is hosting the very first Carnival of German-American Relations...
and, be sure to regularly check Iraq the Model this week for newIraqi election updates!