* Can anyone stop the EU banking crisis from worsening the global economic recession?
* Rough times ahead in Afghanistan.
* Contractors taking a greater role in intelligence. Should they?
* "Palestine may be fragmented. But let's remember whose fault that is." Also: time to embrace the obvious? Plus, a visual history of the timeline.
* On the Arab Spring, Al Jazeera, and Wikileaks.
* The Republican candidates never mention the poor.
* Good interview with King Abdullah of Jordan. (We need a middle class here too!)
* Analyzing a Perry campaign commercial.