I’m working on my novel this week, but here are some links to other stories that you might find interesting. (Cross-posted at Instapundit.)
ARMIN ROSEN on Jeffrey Sachs’ African NGO gone awry: “Sachs gives the impression of being unbothered by leaders who steal elections, imprison dissidents, and meddle in their neighbors’ affairs. Just as importantly, these leaders seem unbothered by him. Sachs’s brand of development doesn’t require systemic political reform—just pliant authority figures who can foster the kind of stability and cooperation that an undertaking like the MVP requires. Considering Sachs and the MVP’s prominence, these are appallingly low expectations.”
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Pejman Yousefzadeh asks a good one.
RED ON RED: Syria Berates Hamas Chief, an Old Ally, on State TV.
THWARTING FREE SPEECH: Europe's medieval libel laws.
LIFE AFTER ASSAD: Syria's Kurds are already building their own institutions.
THE SYRIAN WAR HAS ALREADY BEEN REGIONALIZED: Top Hezbollah operative Ali Hussein Nassif has reportedly been killed, along with several other Hezbollah members, in clashes near Homs.
FROM THE "FRENEMIES" DEPARTMENT: A former Pakistani legislator is offering a cash reward to anyone who murders the American man who made the now-notorious anti-Mohammed video, The Innocence of Muslims. Earlier, Pakistan's railways minister offered a bounty of 100,000 dollars out of his own pocket.
IRAQ WILL ALWAYS BE IRAQ: September was the deadliest month in Iraq for the last two years.
THE INDISPENSABLE ELI LAKE on the intel behind Obama's Libya line.