- A spasm of violence has erupted in Karachi with reports of as many as 95 people killed since the violence began Tuesday. Provincial police have been ordered to "shoot on sight." Also related to Pakistan, Admiral Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said yesterday that he believes Pakistan sanctioned the killing of journalist Saleem Shazad(NYT). He did not go so far as to implicate the ISI directly, though The New York Times did cite Obama administration officials who implicated the ISI earlier this week.
- Pro-Qaddafi's forces face desertion and diminishing supplies according to fighters captured by rebel forces in the western portion of Libya.
- The Syrian government is protesting the US ambassador's visit to Hama this week, claiming it's an attempt to "incite an escalation in the situation."
- British Prime Minster Cameron has called for an independent media corruption probe, and there are reports that party leaders in the UK have told their members that they do have too cozy a relationship with the press.
- The New York Times gives the prognosis on South Sudan, Africa's soon-to-be 54th state.
- The unemployment rate sadly rose this month to 9.2% as the private sector added just 18,000 jobs despite having "record cash stockpiles and healthy profit margins." Meanwhile the government sector cut 39,000 jobs in June. CNBC's Maria Bartiromo was shilling the "uncertainty argument" on Morning Joe this morning, but doesn't point a finger at Republicans who are using the good credit of the United States as a pawn. Meanwhile, Eugene Robinson has a sharp column in The Washington Post this morning.
- Texas executed a Mexican national yesterday. E.G. writing at Economist.com has two great pieces on the death penalty in the past couple days.