1. What (legislative) bargaining looks like. Note that one side of the debate has religious motivations, and yet that did not render the issue space indivisible or prevent agreement.
2. The unity government that the US pushed for in Iraq is in a state of paralysis. Among other things, this is holding up negotiations over whether US forces will remain in Iraq.
3. Intellibriefs. In case you don't have enough sources for commentary on current events.
4. Israel and Turkey mending ties. Not unexpected in itself, but at least to me, it's a little surprising that it looks like reconciliation will be brought about by Israel lobbying against UN criticism.
5. Hezbollah moving missiles from Syria to Lebanon. If Turkey asking Israel to protect it from UN criticism isn't strange enough for you, surely Lebanon being seen as a safe haven to which one might gravitate when fleeing upheaval elsewhere is a sign that this ain't your father's Middle East.
6. Intelligence squared debate on whether the US should spread democracy in the Middle East. From 2007, but no less relevant today, even if some of the specific arguments have a different resonance now.
7. UK border agent puts his wife on terrorist watch list. Good to know that no-fly lists are good for something.
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