-The negotiators for the striking Writers' Guild of America are set to go back to the bagaining table on November 26th. The film and TV writers are striking for a fair deal for the digital distribution of their work.
-Speaking of loose nukes... Pakistan remains under martial law. The exiled Nawaz Sharif, the principle political rival of miliary dictator Pervez Musharraf, has a forceful editorial in the Washington Pos arguing that fair elections in Pakistan would bring about moderate constitutional government, not an Islamic fundamentalist regime, as Musharraf insists. [HT: Matt Yglesias]
-Graham Rayman of the Village Voice compiles a list of Rudy Giuliani's greatest tantrums at City Hall.
-Robert Farley assesses the surge: The good news is that violence is now down, after dramatic increase in violence earlier this year to get us back to 2005 levels tody. Worse, the decrease in violence has been achieved by forging alliances with the least democratic forces in Iraq's society and tacitly acknowledging that the government of Iraq is irrelevant. So, in effect, the US has recreated the classic imperial model where the imperial power rules by enlisting the help of local sub-state actors.
-Jeff Stein notes that unlike the Marine Corps, the diplomatic corps can't be counted on to take care of its wounded--hence the reluctance of State Department employees to risk life and limb in Iraq.
-Just like on The Wire! What kind of "incentives" are cops giving to confidential narcotics informants-drugs, and sex, for starters...
-Also sort of like the Wire... Gothamist reports that Hoboken's Miles Square SWAT team has been disbanded after a 2005 footage surfaced showing the team leader, who also happens to be Hoboken's Director of Homeland Security, getting drunk with his men at an Alabama Hooters restaurant and letting the servers pose with their high powered automatic weapons. The pictures came to light because the officer, Lt. Angelo Andriani is being sued for racial discrimination against Latino officers under his command.
-Amanda Marcotte reviews Glenn Greenwald's new book, A Tragic Legacy.