Americans are rightly troubled by much in modern Islam. There is one area, however, in which America might find laudable approaches from Muslims. The government of Kelantan, a state within the nation of Malaysia, has introduced a new monetary system that is based upon standardized weights of gold and silver coins. These dinar and dirham coins were once common within the old Ottoman Empire, just as species — gold and silver money — was once common within most of the civilized world.
For years, fast food restaurants have been under attack by consumer groups interested in imposing healthy choices on American citizens. Within the past two years, the Obama administration increased efforts to force Americans into living healthier lifestyles by way of legislation that impedes upon personal liberties. Cities across the country are passing trans fats bans, forcing retailers to look for healthier, but more expensive, alternatives. However, one group of researchers believes they have found a solution that would make both fast food restaurants and consumer groups happy: Administer cholesterol-lowering drugs with every meal.
The latest round of joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea, made up of 86,000 troops from the two nations. began in the Yellow Sea on August 16. Voice of America News reported that much of the training will take place on computer displays as commanders practice how they would respond to North Korean nuclear, missile and submarine attacks.
U.S. Commander for Afghanistan General David Petraeus told NBC's “Meet the Press” August 15 that he prefers not to talk about “winning” in the Afghan war, and that Obama's deadline for withdrawal of U.S. troops from the war-torn nation of July 2011 was a flexible guideline where only a “couple of thousand” U.S. soldiers may be sent home by that date.