I rather believe it is the boss’s frustration at the stalled peace talks that has led to the changes. According to senior diplomatic sources in Washington, Hussein is an avid reader of our talkbacks and has seen the light. I remember that when Leon Panetta visited the region and secured Shalit’s release, many of us, including – ahem – me, wondered if this signalled new thinking in Washington. Apparently it did. My, my, the difference that Palestine’s UN bid has made. Wait till they gain statehood recognition. Hale, Ashton, Blair, they deserve more time with the family.
Red Cross: Scale of sexual violence in South Sudan is unprecedented (Reuters)