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Burka ban in the Netherlands?

burka The Netherlands may be taking religious wear to the legislative level. The Dutch center-right government has proposed a ban on burkas and similar garments in public. According to Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk,

The cabinet finds it undesirable that face-covering clothing - including the burka - is worn in public places for reasons of public order, security and protection of citizens.

Dutch Muslims are outraged, pointing to the small minority of people - less than 100 - who actually wear the full burka. Many also think that it is an attempt by the government to secure more votes in the national election coming up in five days.

When is Europe going to get serious about tackling the roots of extremism and social disharmony, instead of continuing to further marginalize their Muslim populations? 

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Moscow's blue light special

In Moscow, the blue light special sells for about $20,000 on the black market. What is it? A traffic kit including a flashing blue police light, a siren, a special license plate that exempts the driver from traffic violations, and supporting documents. Its purpose is to help you fight traffic. Why would anyone pay such a high price just to avoid traffic? Well, Moscow streets are a nightmarish clog of some 3 million cars, a 12-fold increase since the end of Communism. Here's a look:

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Hat tip: English Russia (Photos by Anton Nossik)