Sometime Killing Train blogger Pandya has written a commentary for Counterpunch on the whole Pat Robertson/Venezuela business that I thought was good. Check it out if you haven't already.
Also, my friend Tarek, who blogged from Iraq last year, also blogged from Iraq over the past summer. His pieces are personal essays, sometimes very moving, always out of the ordinary. Take a look (I'm writing the URL out from memory because his server isn't working just this second... but I'll come back and fix it).