1) For a short period of time yesterday, social media networks were accessible in Iran. Apparently this new freedom was an accident (network error?) and the controversial websites, Twitter and Facebok, were blocked again this morning. (Note the irony that the President of Iran has an English Twitter account, but the average citizen shouldn’t use the service.)
2) Presidential election campaign kicks off today in Tajikstan. Parties have 25 days to put forward their candidates. Elections will be Nov. 16th.
3) Russia says Chechen rebels are behind attacks yesterday. A bomb killed 3 policemen and wounded 4 in Chechnya. In Ingushetia, police prevented a car bomb and detained a separate suicide bomber.
Syria Update: Despite pushes from France and D. C., it looks like the U. N. resolution against chemical weapons in Syria will not be under Chapter 7 (which means that it can be followed-up with force if it is not carried out). Russia is against Chapter 7 for Assad.