Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Daily Digest

I'm unsure which is more horrifying and revolting: that a mother of two young children would turn herself into a bomb, or that her country's laws forced her to do so, lest she face execution for adultery. Time's Tim McGirk reports from Jerusalem on the Sophie's Choice for Palestinians. Related: in 2004, I asked, "Is there no shame?"

Amnesty International recently added to its catalog of human-rights abuses the denial of access to abortion. But as the Weekly Standard reports, the members-only part of its Web site discloses an interesting nota bene: "This policy will not be made public at this time. There is to be no proactive external publication of the policy position or of the fact of its adoption issued."

As a former journalist, one of the blogs I read everyday is FishbowlDC, a gossip blog about Washington, D.C., media. Fishbowl is part of the Media Bistro empire, which, on Tuesday, was sold for a cool $23 million. What is Media Bistro, you ask? Rachel Sklar, of Eat the Press at the Huffington Post, offers an insider's history.