Today is a day when there is so much happening that I could frankly blog about lots of things. The tragic news from Israel's border with Egypt underlines the fragility of that region's stability; right on cue, I was really pleased to get an email from Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs, as was) about their Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Programme, including the Egypt in Transition project, of which a highlight is this paper on securing a democratic process over there - essential reading for anyone interested in a democratic future for Egypt. To anyone interested in the Arab Spring more generally, I strongly recommend this interesting overview of its underlying causes. The situation surrounding 'September' is moving too fast for me to comment on it and I am now hopeful that the Palestinians might not make a full, unilateral declaration of independence at the UN next month - let's see. Moving from the international arena to London, I enjoyed this Guardian interview with Brian Paddick, my choice to be the Liberal Democrat candidate for London Mayor. Oh, and if anyone wants to know what I think about the UK and Durban III (like they had to make a third one, after the first two were so bad), then I can do no better than refer you to the comments that I made some time ago.