Syria: Russian involvement, U.S. response. Several possible reasons for Russian involvement – which one sounds most likely to you?
Iran: Today’s best headline, and what that article is taking about. Desperation or good governance? (Footnote: A study a while back found that people had more favorable views of cockroaches than Congress, which may suggest why GOP ‘outsider’ candidates are doing better than expected.)
Saudi Arabia: A new generation gains influence.
Israel: “Can we all just get along?” (Bonus points for the best-known source.)
Footnotes: Britain has now used their drones in Syria (anti-ISIS strike), Asutralian planes are now attacking ISIS targets in Syria (they’ve already done so in Iraq), and Turkish forces crossed their border with Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish targets. Pakistan has now started using their own drones (as in manufactured there) against extremist targets in Pakistan.