- Shiite unrest in Saudi Arabia, leading to the death of 11 members of the security services, has raised the Kingdom's ire.
- Robert Ford, on the verge of being PNGed, is finally confirmed by the Senate. That only took 19 months.
- Henry Siegman says the U.S. veto threat for Palestinian statehood lifts the veil on U.S. influence and import to Middle East peace. He also thinks it presents an opportunity for others to lead the peace process -- this Editor finds that doubtful.
- Stewart Patrick highlights the progress the AU has made and highlights some of the challenges that remain. This Editor would like to point out that, though the AU has taken the peace keeping lead in Somalia, it has singularly failed to address the question of Somaliland.