Due to an very busy schedule this weekend (to include duty on Sat), I will need to take a brief respite from my writing. Do not worry, I already have several upcoming pieces in the queue - to include a lament for the death of due process of law and a treatise on maneuver warfare in the Middle Ages. As for the weekly international update, keep your eye on the deteriorating relations between Russia and the US, instigated by Moscow's granting of asylum to NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden. Although the Snowden situation isn't of major consequence on its own, it is serving as a catalyst that is exacerbating deeper issues of contention between the two countries. Other than that, take care and I'll be back soon.