- After weeks of unrest, Egyptians are queuing up at the polls to vote in the first election since the ouster of Mubarak. Today's vote is the first in an elaborate system that will last until March and has your editor concerned that the initial fervor might be tamped down by the complexity and length of the process.
- In Yemen, Saleh has transferred power and an opposition figure has been named interim prime minister, but tensions still roil.
- I have been blogging for a while, but US-Pakistani remain awful. There are new grievances following a NATO airstrike that killed 24 civilians.
- The Arab League has approved sanctions against Syria as violence persists in the country. The move by the Arab League is intriguing because it could harbinger Arab League complicity with international intervention in Syria, a la Libya, but the sanctions stop far short of that move.
- European debt remains a millstone around the neck of the global economy.
- Occupy movements have persisted and Occupy Los Angeles have defied the mayor's request to vacate the lawn of city hall by midnight pacific time.
- A quietly passed bill is seen as smart deregulation.
- Meanwhile over the weekend it was spend baby, spend. Though at the moment the strong weekend has not compelled forecasters to become more optimistic about the season's shopping.