Author Archives: Benjamin Redd

Unemployment in the Middle East

Unemployment in the Middle East

The International Labor Organization’s Global Employment Trends 2013 was released on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. The body has been recording data on global labor trends since it was established in 1919, and the report provides a snapshot into how working patterns in the Middle East and North Africa are changing. Click here or on the

Mobile phone prices across the Arab world

The Lebanese are used to complaining about the price of their phonecalls, but are they really so much worse off than the rest of the region? Executive mapped the price of a phonecall and a text across the Arab world and found some surprising results. Click here or on the map below to go straight

Why does Lebanon flood so badly?

At least five people, including a seven-month old baby, were killed in Lebanon last week — the tragic legacy of the monster storm that struck the country. It was the worst of its kind in ten years, ripping into communities and destroying homes. Yet while the storm was unusually ferocious, flooding happens nearly every year

Chemical overreaction

Last month, a key American legislator again sounded the alarm over Syria’s chemical weapons. These so-called ‘weapons of mass destruction’ “could be used at a moment’s notice,” House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers told Reuters. Rogers’ claim came hot on the heels of escalating warnings over the weapons by international leaders, including United States President

Lebanon security incidents 2012

For the third year Executive has mapped out Lebanon’s security incidents into one map. This year, for the first time, the data has been made into a detailed interactive map for use online. Click here or on the map below to go straight to the data.  

Israel vs. Gaza: Goliath vs. David

A glance at coverage of the current war between Israel and Gaza would lead one to believe that each combatant brings powerful forces to bear against the other. Yet the reality is that Israel’s military and economic dominance over Gaza is so huge that it is less a battle of equal forces than a military

Mapping Syria’s armed opposition

To explore the armed opposition groups within Syria is to open a Pandora’s box in which hundreds of militias, battalions and brigades operate. The relations between the different players are fluid, dynamic and oftentimes opaque. As such this map cannot be considered comprehensive, exhaustive and exact, but rather a snapshot revealing the main forces that,

Syria: Mapping the exodus

The United Nations began registering Syrian refugees in South Lebanon on Wednesday for the first time since the beginning of the Syrian conflict last year. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN’s refugee agency, registered nearly 100 people on its first day at the new site in Ghaziye, just south of Sidon, with

The Innocence of Google

The decision by Google to restrict access to the hugely offensive anti-Islamic film “The Innocence of Muslims” in parts of the Middle East has proved almost as controversial as the film itself. Click here or on the map below to see our exclusive infographic mapping how the film has been taken offline across almost the

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