The story now: Gridlock or bipartisanship? How can the political leaders of the two Americas cut a deal on the deficit and avoid the 'fiscal cliff?' The British experience of coalition government offers a few tips.
Whatever drove Shahira Amin to put Gilad Shalit on TV in his first moments of freedom and whatever compelled everyone who could stomach it to look at Gaddafi's image, those two impulses had something in common.
Which two nations still reserve places in their parliaments for unelected religious clerics, who then get an automatic say in writing the laws the country's citizens must obey? The answer is Iran... and Britain.