IWP friend and past-participant Carol Spindel (Souk Ukaz/PeaceWork, 2010) , who has spent time in and written about her stay in Cote d'Ivoire, has been finding ways to keep track of the mounting crisis there. With hotter news happening now daily in the north of the continent, the Ivory Coast post-election crisis, quickly turning into a brutal civil war, has receded from the US media's headlines. Carol's citizen-journalism, conducted in part by phone calls to her friends describing the situation in and in the countryside, is an ongoing headliner at the Open Salon blog.
With the recent changes in Tunisia, Egypt, and elsewhere, IWP director Christopher Merrill addresses this question by introducing Huffington Post readers to Greek poet Constantine Cavafy.
Old friend and IWP alumnus Etgar Keret is among the writers from both sides of the divide who have recently commented on the tension between Turkey and Israel in the wake of the Mavi Marmara clash, in the Turkish paper Zaman.
(Thanks to the indispensable Common Review for the pointer)