I've personally had an interesting year personally and I had to give up the blog suddenly and for a long time. I am now able to devote time to blogging again so I'll soon be discussing the year's most under discussed story! While I have not been blogging, Middle East News for the Perplexed on clipboard has been going strong. I'll announce a resuscitation for the news perplexed.com beta site soon, probably just into the New Year. happy office parties and holidays!