The U.N. Security Council in July.(Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

• Western diplomats sharply criticized the U.N. Security Council—diplospeak here for China and Russia—for failing to substantively condemn the bloody crackdowns throughout the Arab world over the past six months (presumably with the exception of Libya). [Haaretz]

• Despite gestures toward opening itself up, U.N. atomic inspectors remain wary of Iran’s willingness to cooperate. [Ynet]

• Syria’s attorney general condemned his government’s repression and resigned; was then reported to have been forced into making that statement; and then denied that he was forced. So, something happened. [AP/Haaretz]

• Israeli team captain Yossi Benayoun has become an important chess piece in the English Premier League. [Haaretz]

• Washington, D.C., has weighed in on the Dan Snyder-Washington City Paper lawsuit, agreeing with the paper that the suit should be dropped due to the District’s own law designed to prevent such abusive, bullying lawsuits. [Biz Journal]

• There’s a new podcast from some friends of the magazine. [Come & Listen]

It’s September. Here’s Dylan Thomas reading W.H. Auden’s “September 1, 1939.”