- The fighting in Khorog is very serious. As Eurasianet notes, “The fighting in Gorno-Badakhshan province (GBAO) is being described as the worst in Tajikistan since the 1990s civil war and raises concerns of a protracted new conflict.” The government has cut off communications into the region. The Wall Street Journal has an overview. Suzanne Levi-Sanchez reproduces a letter from a close friend of hers in Khorog.
- Reuters reports on the “Secret Turkish Nerve Center” coordinating aid from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, to the Syrian rebels.
- Mark Hibbs on the “Taiwan and the [US bilateral nuclear agreements] Gold Standard.”
- Charles Cameron on the Temple Mount as the “Most Contested Piece of Real-Estate on Earth.” Both Ron Hassner and Stacie Goddard have written some pretty important books on the subject.
- Steve Saideman argues that comparing Star Trek and Babylon 5 illustrates changing understandings of ethnic conflict. Question: does it matter that “Let that be Your Last Battlefield” is about American race relations?
- Writing of revisiting science fiction, Tor.com has branched out from Star Trek and is now doing a number of “re-watch” series (Buffy, Farscape, etc.) in addition to their re-reads of classics new and old.
- Adam Elkus has a great post on collateral damage and superheroes.
- Charles Stross asks his readers to weigh in on what the world will look like in 2030. Three hundred and eighty comments result.
- Jeff A. Larson on People Power: The Video Game.