Guest blogged by Winter Patriot
Here's a quick roundup of some relevant stories from far away and even farther. Let's see whether you can spot any connection between these stories and some others, from near and even nearer:
In Great Britain, as you may already know, there is open revolt among the governing Labour Party.
From September 6th:
Gordon Brown scents victory as Blair suffers massive revolt
After three hours of bad-tempered talks with Tony Blair, the Chancellor still wore a big smile.
Mr Brown had apparently won a promise that the Premier will finally come clean about his departure plans.
But sceptical allies of the Chancellor were still asking: Can we really believe Blair this time?