Old media, and specifically CNN, are learning the difficult lesson that with or without their vast resources and state of the art studios, the Iranians' stories will be told. And they'll be told to tens of millions more viewers than cable and satellite programs tend to reach.
Leading lights of the aid movement -- Geldof, Bono, Sachs and Easterly -- continue to bicker with politicians and amongst themselves without taking a visible role in reform of the levers of assistance.
As Putin watched the U.S plunge into two wars in the Middle East, he saw a power vacuum in his neighborhood. He was playing old-fashioned power politics while his "friend" Bush was trying to remake Arabia.