The last few days have brought a flurry of tense words between the Bush administration and Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki. Make no mistake: these words are dangerous.
Bush's promises of freedom in Iraq hasn't applied to journalists in Iraq or in the United States.
The African political landscape is being reshaped by women, generating hope for the future of the continent and raising the bar for democracy worldwide.
Even if an all out civil war is avoided now, it may not be as easy to avoid in the future if negotiations over either the formation of a coalition government or the constitutional settlement finally break down.