The obvious missing player in the demonstrations in Egyptian are "the Brothers." Even as protesters chant "Allah hu Akhbar" in the streets, there is no visible presence of the Brothers in any kind of leadership roles.
Like the Shah before him -- a man whose grave is in the heart of Cairo because he was refused burial in the nation of his birth -- Mubarak's speech indicated how out of touch he was with the reality of the people.
While it is still too early to call the protests in Egypt a revolution, Cairo has been under siege for 48 hours. The three-decade long rule of a despot -- and the country's role as an American ally -- is being challenged.
You certainly do not want to book a trip to Tunisia today or tomorrow. But soon, when order is restored, you will want to visit this remarkable country with its caring, concerned, brave and freedom-loving people.
The Tibetan capital doesn't have a single representative of the international media posted there. Tibetans can only send news of student demonstrations to the outside world by using rough-and-ready ways.
I want to believe that the right set of changes are underway in our nation's schools. Yet the more I hear, the more these donations, web launches and red-carpet premieres feel less like a transformational revolution, and more like a traditional smokescreen.