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There's speculation in Iran that former president Mohammad Khatami, who served from 1997 to 2005 and is known as a reformer, might run again. Iran's reformers have not been doing so well since the 2009 election.
The Chinese village that famously revolted in late 2011, winning the right to hold local elections, has been struggling. The central Chinese government, it seems, has not made good on its promises to Wukan, calling into question whether the "Wukan model" of local within-system protest can effect broad political change.
The world has largely figured out the norms for commercial and military access on the oceans, whether by regulation or informal practices. But there's about to be a whole bunch of new ocean in place of the Arctic ice caps. This op-ed lays out the importance of establishing new norms for that area.
It turns out that a young man who served as one of the Chinese army's hackers also had a personal blog in which he vented about, among other things, his life as a Chinese military hacker. That life was not very glamorous, it seems, but his posts offer a window into the country's cyber espionage establishment.