whose blog on Middle East politics, justworldnews.org, is consistently among the very best, informed as it is by decades of on-the-ground reporting (mostly for the Christian Science Monitor) and analytical expertise. I refer in particular to her analysis Sunday of the intersection of Israeli politics, what is happening in Gaza now, and how difficult it will be to stop in the absence of serious external pressure, including, but not exclusively, from the United States.
I also highly recommend Helena’s book, Re-Engage! America and the World After Bush. It was reviewed by my colleague, Ali Gharib, back in July shortly after its publication. As the title implies, the book’s vision goes far beyond the Middle East.