China: Besides their island-building in the South China Sea, and the territorial implications that has (claims that involve off-shore resources, sea lanes/airspace control), there are some interesting domestic events.
Russia: Their view of reality isn’t ours; some thoughts on that difference.
(Pretty much anything by Masha Gessen is worth reading)
Greece: By the time the extemp season starts, their economic crisis will have evolved. In the meantime, some background articles to get you up to speed quickly.
Even debate gets a mention (at the very end of this NPR/Here & Now story):
(Clicking on the links for articles will open up a new page; click on the link there to display the PDF file.)