Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Short List - March 8, 2011

  • In Libya there is a report that Qaddafi has made an offer to a rebel alliance to step down, if granted immunity and safe passage out of the country.  Violence continues has pro-Qaddafi forces strike out from Tripoli, meanwhile the U.S. and the rest of the world wonders what it can and should do.
  • Forces aligned with the Somali transitional government regained control of a couple border towns  along the Somalia-Ethiopia border.
  • Saudi Arabia continues its practice of silencing dissent almost before it materializes.
  • Boeing has completed a sale of 43 aircraft to two Chinese companies.
  • "The Gang of Six" tries to up its profile and gain support beyond the beltway to tackle entitlement reform in Congress.
  • An open question around Washington is, "who will/can replace SecDef Gates?"  The Washington Post asks this question and provides zero answers, but a good round up of Gates's record.
  • The Economist takes you inside Abidjan, as Cote d'Ivoire continues to teeter on the verge of civil war.


Colin said...

Probably want to double check that Saudi link.

Ben said...

Thanks, Colin. Good catch.