Perhaps you remember hearing about the Cherokee nation voting to boot out its black members--those who traced their Cherokee lineage back to the freed slaves of Cherokees? No? It's a fascinating story, and the legal and historical issues involved are very poorly understood by people who don't follow Native American issues, that is, most of us. A friend of mine explains some of it in an excellent guest post at Jack Balkin's law site.
Where is former Iranian Defense Ministry official, General Asgari? Speculation is mounting after the man disappeared from a vacation in Turkey last month. The Iranian, Israeli, and American spokespeople are all blaming each other, and to date, it remains unclear whether the Asgari defected or was kidnapped. Curious mystery; I hope he's safe and being well treated, wherever he is.
And for those who didn't see it at the time, Unfogged's great Fuck You, Clown! poetry thread.