I really don't know how many times I'll be able to use that title, but given that the American audience has become so distracted by the Washington debt ceiling battle, I decided to check on some old favorites and post a quick update on goings on elsewhere.
Libya: Apparently Libyan rebels have made "significant" gains in the past week, taking control of some key cities on the way to Tripoli. NATO planes have damaged or destroyed over 150 targets in the past week alone. However, who really knows what qualifies as a "military target" for these purposes. Sources in the article also indicate that some of Ghadaffi's forces have begun consolidating in Tripoli and have begun removing their uniforms, apparently gearing up for a transition in tactics. It will be interesting to see what the next month brings.
Syria: It sounds like the body count in Syria is continuing to rise steadily. Syrian security forces are apparently combating "armed gangs" in an effort to protect the people. This includes firing into Palestinian refugee camps as well it seems. The article also mentions a Youtube video that has surfaced, purportedly showing some pretty graphic scenes from the crackdown. I've not seen it, but it sounds pretty unsettling.
Bahrain: It sounds as though things have quieted down for the time being, but Bahrain is still dealing with the fallout from the previous protests and crackdowns. Quiet doesn't necessarily mean good, however, as the BBC is reporting that hundreds of people are still in jail and there are reports of widespread torture. Not terribly surprising, but it's important to keep in mind the fact that the violence carries on even once the streets have cleared.