Ever wondered what exactly is going on in the Middle East? Who’s backing who? Well, as most foreign correspondents in the region will tell you, the truth is that the whole region is like a non-sensical house of cards where touching one card will certainly influence the rest of the region in ways that are nigh on impossible to predict. They will then talk to you for around seventeen hours on the subject, which is good in its own way. Of course, you could also have a look at the map here, which is a great example of how data visualisation / graphics can help make the insanely difficult and complex seem much more comprehensible.
Of course, this is also their weakness….
Anyway, here’s the thing in question: