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Readers write about Middle East minorities, organic farming, causes of inflation, and immigration-status verification.

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Middle East is more diverse than Arabs and Muslims

Regarding the July 22 article, "Barack who? Arabs weigh in.": I believe that the reaction of other parts of the world, particularly the Middle East, to American elections is extremely relevant material for journalists. However, I feel that this description of the Middle East and of Arabs in general is not really accurate or fair. For instance, the article explains that there are numbers of Arabs, Iranians, and Jews, but neglects to mention the Christians and Kurds who form minorities that further complicate Middle Eastern affairs.

The Christian minority in Lebanon is a major part of that ongoing conflict, while Kurdish ethnosecessionism is a major bone of contention for Turkey.

Although Arabs are a very large component of the Middle East, they are not the only part, and I think that it is a disservice to those who read this article not to include at least a few non-Arab points of view.

It is important for Americans not to have their views of the Middle East, Arabs, and Islam oversimplified as they go to the polls this November, as many of us will try to cast a vote for the best chance of peace in the Middle East.


The benefits of organic, domestic food

Regarding the July 15 article, "New pressures drive US farmers south of the border": I read that these farmers are moving to Mexico and Brazil to escape tougher environmental and safety regulations and employ below-minimum-wage labor now that immigration laws have tightened. This is all the more reason to buy shares in local organic farming, which maintains quality and safety practices and stems the flood of labor moving to other countries.


Fed, not oil prices, causes inflation

In response to the July 17 article, "Inflation surge puts Fed in a quandary": As Milton Friedman taught, "Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon." The only way inflation can surge is if the central bank creates more money than an economy needs.

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