The picks of the week from around the web.

  • Trying to orient myself a little on the momentous events in North Africa and the Middle East, I’ve appreciated The Atlantic‘s horrifying reports from Libya, and the caution they’ve relayed from people in Yemen. This piece by Abdel Monem Said for Asharq Alawsat provides a lot of interesting detail about what’s presently going on with the transition of power in Egypt, while Adam Shatz has an interesting analysis in the LRB of where things might be going. And this piece by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed for The Daily Star talks about the region’s financial problems in the long term, interestingly noting the lack of drinking water as a potentially determining factor for how things will develop.
  • In the entirely un-momentous realm of comics, there’s been some good material posted lately. Jog has written a very fine, if characteristically and somewhat unnecessarily prolix piece on Steve Ditko’s current work over at ComicsComics, while Sean Michael Robinson conducted a great interview with Cerebus co-artist Gerhard at The Comics Journal (bonus musings at HU).