Some noteworthy articles to check out:
Ben Gilbert has a very good piece in Executive magazine on prostitution in Lebanon. The poor guy risked his life braving the super nightclubs of Maameltein to bring us this exposé, so be sure to check it out. (download PDF – 2.1 megabytes)
Lawrence Pintak and Yosri Fouda have a very strange article in the Columbia Journalism Review (“Blogging in the Middle East: Not Necessarily Journalistic“) that makes the most back-assward argument I’ve read in a while. They start off by stating, uncontroversially, that bloggers are not journalists, yet somehow end up concluding that “if journalist rights groups throw in their lot with [bloggers and political activists masquerading as real journalists], it will be hard to make a case that jailed Iranian and Arab journalists shouldn’t be tried right alongside “cyberdissidents” advocating revolution…” As if Middle Eastern regimes really needed an excuse to imprison anybody!
After you’re done reading Pintak and Fouda, read the rebuttal to their piece, also in CJR. Makes much more sense.
Finally, the map above somehow puts things into perspective. I don’t know what those things are or what perspective the map provides, but it just does. (h/t Ben Ryan)