Let's blogroll!

Some people think of terrorism as a "nuisance" comparable to organized crime. Kat at The Middle Ground puts the same analogy in a more useful context: like the generations-long battle with the Mafia, it will be a slow and difficult, but ultimately winnable, war. Winnable, that is, if we remain committed to shrewd and relentless prosecution of the battle. BTW, I've added a long-overdue sidebar link to TMG as well.

Zeyad at Healing Iraq has gotten a much-too-close-for-comfort view of the fighting. I don't know how he manages to stay sane enough to blog ... he must have a pair of those brass cojones.

Jane at Armies of Liberation is more than a little bit miffed about journalistic double standards, and she's not mincing words in her latest article published in the Arab News. She also picks up where a previous Dreams Into Lightning post left off, with a comprehensive listing of progressive Arab, Muslim, and Middle Eastern organizations.

As you've probably figured out by now, your host doesn't get out that often, and rarely manages to leave downtown Portland. Michael J. Totten doesn't have that problem. Follow this post to his article on his recent trip to Tunis. Also read MJT's recent posts for his thoughts on Zeyad's predicament, and a guest post by Jeremy Brown on Fascists, Nazis, and assorted other totalitarians.

A plague of locusts is the subject of recent posts by Allison Kaplan Sommer and Imshin. Let's hope this turns out not to be a major problem in Israel.

Drawing the line. Ampersand of Alas, a Blog offers some thoughtful critiques of the controversy surrounding various cartoon or caricature portrayals of our next Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. Amp isn't impressed by the International Women's Forum's accusations of "racist" political cartoons, but is nevertheless troubled by the racial overtones of Danziger's and Oliphant's cartoons.

Dumb and dumber? You were probably worried that the Washington Post was too high-brow for most readers. You weren't? Well, fret not, because they're lowering the reading level even further to try to stop the paper's circulation hemorrhage. And, oh yeah, they're doing all kinds of other neat stuff ... LaShawn Barber has the details.