Since April 9, some Georgians have taken to the streets of Tbilisi calling upon President Mikheil Saakashvili to resign. Their numbers have dwindled, but a dedicated few still block major thoroughfares, populate tents outside the presidential residence and rally bigger crowds in front of Parliament.
Russian troops are a mere "25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Georgian capital, in violation of the European Union-brokered cease-fire that ended last year's brief war," Lynn Berry reports for AP. All indications are that Moscow is increasing pressure on President Mikheil Saakashvili amidst a protest movement.
Clive Crook pokes fun of President Obama for being perhaps a wee bit overly ambitious on both domestic and foreign affairs but admires his enthusiasm. He wonders, however, whether the various efforts to reset America's relations with the world constitute an "Obama Doctrine."
NATO forces thwarted two pirate attacks over the weekend. BBC reports that an attempted attack on a Norwegian tanker was "foiled by NATO warships and helicopters after an overnight pursuit in the Gulf of Aden." Dutch commandos also freed 20 Yemeni fishermen who had been taken hostage, Reuters reports.
Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has launched a rhetorical campaign pushing for more openness in his country's politics. Some analysts see this as an attempt to establish a distinct alternative with Vladimir Putin while others are more skeptical.