Regarding the post by Anne Penketh (whom I always consider very thoughtful), I agree with her point. In the interest of brevity (wink):
The financial and political problems here are part of a global phenomenon. Perhaps we can call it "multinational Satan sandwiches.”
One theme I have discussed on foreign television and radio and will soon address here is: We need an American Spring, a European Spring and an Asian Spring as well as an Arab Spring.