Slog tipper Colleen has shared links to two interactive maps. One, by the Guardian, is a map and a grid of Twitter feeds from its reporters, bloggers, and guest experts. The other, by the National Journal, tracks events across the region—just roll over a country with your mouse for the latest summary of what's happening.

They're both very handy.

Meanwhile, a correspondent reaches out from Iran:

For Brendan Kiley : what do we pursue?

1. critical thinking about anybody and anything (results: respect for the law, freedom of the press, and etc.)

2. access to modern technology, especially internet and books

3. respect privacy