- Secretary Clinton visits Myanmar today becoming the first secretary of state to visit the country in more then 50 years. The visit is hoped to jump start at democratization in the country that has been ruled by an oppressive and secretive military junta since 1962.
- Lebanon's prime minister has transferred Lebanese funds to the Hariri Tribunal in a move he claims isn't a victory for any specific party, but which still threatens to collapse the government.
- Following the ransacking of the British embassy in Tehran, reportedly by Basij militia members, Norway and Britain have withdrawn an unspecified number of staff from their embassies there. The incident has also exposed the deep fissures within the Iranian political class and surely made many observers consider the Iranian Hostage Crisis, which began in 1979.
- Back in the UK proper, public sector strikes have begun to protest pension reforms and austerity measures.
- Turkey, Syria's largest trading partner, has implemented sanctions on members of the Syrian regime freezing assets held in Turkish banks.
- Earmarks are bad, except when they're for your district, at least that appears to be what the Republican leadership thinks as it ignores its own declared moratorium on seeking the pork.
- Police in Los Angeles raided the Occupy LA camp and arrested 200.
- Congress took a baby step toward immigration reform as a measure passed the House that would end country specific worker visa caps.
- American Airlines, the only airline that remained solvent after 9/11, has now declared bankruptcy. I can't help but think the declaration went like this.