John Robb -- whose book Brave New War is crucial, fascinating, and too damn short -- today posts on the alleged leader of the Nigerian economic rebel/profiteering ring MEND. Henry Okah could well be one of the primary reasons oil is now $100 a barrel, and he did with with 21st Century super-empowered rabble and cell phones.
This stuff fits into a blog post about the generational change necessary in our own political views, but that's not even half-baked enough for my usual poor servings. Soon though.
Robb's also worth reading for his brief on the surge, (well, he's plainly just worth reading all the time, to tell the truth) and led me to a spiffy new blog which will be sidebarred right away, Defense and National interest.