The carrot-topped Prince of Wales has done it again! Prince Harry shocked the world with racist comments, calling military friends “‘paki,” the derogatory term for Pakistanis, and “raghead,” a slur that refers to muslim head dress.

Ok, maybe he didn’t shock the world -this is the same person who dressed up as a Nazi, complete with swastika armband for a costume party, and indulged in marijuana and underage drinking. Let’s just say that considering Prince Harry’s track record we’re surprised this is making headllines, especially since the comments were made back in 2006.

Patrick Harrison, a spokesperson from the Prince’s office, released a statement on Saturday claiming Harry didn’t mean any offense with the term “paki.”

“Prince Harry fully understands how offensive this term can be, and is extremely sorry for any offense his words might cause,” the statement said.

In their own statement Britain’s defense ministry said “Neither the army nor the armed forces tolerates inappropriate behavior in any shape or form” but also added “We are not aware of any complaint having been made by the individual.”

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First introduced into the Marvel Comics X-Men series in issue #133, Sooraya Qadir is a mutant superhero that puts a powerful face to the often misunderstood Muslim women.

Appropriately nicknamed “Dust” for her mutant abilities to turn into sand and conjure up dust storms, Qadir is a Sunni Muslim woman from Afghanistan who was sold into slavery and separated from her family. She was rescued by Wolverine and taken to Xavier’s Institute where she learned to control her powers and became a member of the Hellions squad. Dust now appears regularly as one of the “New Mutants” or X-Men in training.

When Qadir is reunited with her mother she explains her choice to wear an abaya and head covering (the head to toe, cloak-like garb often referred to as a burqa) as a personal choice: “I never wore it because of the Taliban, Mother. I like the modesty and protection it affords me from the eyes of men.”

Created by artist Ethan Van Sciver and writer Grant Morrison, Dust is a modern day superwoman that defies the usual uber-proportioned, sexually charged images that depict women in the overtly heterosexual male comic book world.

Is there a hint of fetishism, objectification and victimization of the “exotic” eastern woman? Yes. But that is for another post.

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Barack Obama returned to the U.S. after a successful 10-day, 9-nation-trip, sitting down with journalists of color at the UNITY conference in Chicago, where he addressed affirmative action and those Muslim rumors.

After receiving an onslaught of criticism from the media for his rock star appeal in Germany, where 200,000 people turned out to hear the presidential hopeful speak, Obama was welcomed by the African-American, Asian, Hispanic and Native American journalists with a standing ovation–despite a warning to “maintain professional decorum” so as not to seem biased and “un-journalistic”. In all fairness, John Kerry also received a standing ovation at the 2004 UNITY conference.

Asked by Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. whether he’s “gone too far” in his denial of rumors that he is a Muslim, Obama said, “This is a classic example of a no-win situation, right? I try to correct something that is false and then people say, ‘Well, why are you correcting this thing…I just don’t like the idea of somebody falsely identifying my religion. I suspect that you wouldn’t appreciate that either.”

When questioned about his stance on affirmative action, the Democratic nominess said, “I am a strong supporter of affirmative action when properly structured so there is not a quota…I’ve also said that affirmative action is not going to be the long-term solution to the problems of race in America, because, frankly, if you’ve got 50 percent of African-American or Latino kids dropping out of high school, it doesn’t really matter what you do in terms of affirmative action. Those kids aren’t going to college.”

Obama concluded his UNITY visit with…you guessed it, a standing ovation, while McCain declined an invitation to the conference due to schedule conflicts.

PHOTO: AP

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