- In Libya the once rebel force is rooting out the last bastions of Qaddafi loyalists, but even at this nascent stage protests have held against the National Transitional Council's list of appointees.
- In Syria, the government has surrounded the town of Rastan after reports that 10 soldiers defected. The Washington Post runs a piece this morning exploring the danger of a toppled Assad regime and Syria's chemical weapons. Syria's recent moves have come under criticism, even from Turkey's president. Your editor wanders if 10 soldiers leaving the army to join unarmed protesters is a defection or desertion.
- There are reports that al Shabab destroyed a well in a Somali town facing the famine there.
- Japan's finance minister, Yoshihiko Noda, will become the new prime minister, but is support is tenuous and his reign could be short.
- The East Coast is trying to dust itself off after Hurricane Irene lashed the coastline and point further inland. there are 24 deaths reportedly linked to Irene, but the damage and devastation have thankfully been far less then originally predicted.
- Former President George W. Bush was interview by National Geographic about 9/11 and the interview premiered last night. It will re-air tonight at 9pm ET and this editor strongly recommends you watch. I'm also planning a commentary to post today or tomorrow.
- Meanwhile, Dick Cheney has a book coming out that he believes will have "heads exploding" in DC. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell took his tarnished credibility to Face the Nation yesterday to dispute several of the claims Cheney makes in the book In My Time. Your editor takes that swipe as someone who believed going to Iraq was the right decision because of Sec. Powell's presentation to the UN Security Council.