A few stories caught my eye regarding the Middle East:
The Palestinians say that they won’t negotiate with Israel until Israel agrees in advance to their demands. (That’s an interesting negotiating tactic and definitely one to try during my next Court-ordered settlement conference.)
Egypt has discovered a smuggling tunnel into Gaza, a squiblet that tells lots about how neighboring Arab states feel about the Palestinians (useful tools, but dangerous), the risks Israel took when she left Gaza and stopped being able to police it, and the reason why Gaza should be viewed and treated as an enemy nation.
Syria is celebrating the anniversary of the Yom Kippur War — which it lost. Again, you can read into that fact a whole lot about the Arab and Muslim psyche. Local papers in Syria are issuing a call to war saying that this time they’ll be victorious (so last time should be celebrated as a trial run). Sadly, one of these days, they’re going to be right.