DEMOCRACY UPDATE….The latest from Iraq:

Iraq’s embattled prime minister has defiantly refused to give up his claim to head the country’s next government….In an exclusive interview with the Guardian in Baghdad ? his first since Condoleezza Rice and Jack Straw pleaded with him and his rivals for an immediate agreement to prevent a slide to civil war ? Ibrahim Jaafari insisted he would continue to carry out his duties.

If this were happening in America, I’d say it’s the kind of thing people say about two days before they finally cave in and step aside. But Iraq? Beats me. It still sounds like the kind of table banging you do when you know you’ve lost all support, but maybe Arab table banging is different from ours.

Anyway, that’s what’s going on.