There’s not a lot of independent magazines in existence in the Middle East. Fewer still that cross over into a global market (there’s that prohibitive language barrier that gets in the way). And when you look at the few that are on offer (I can actually only think of Brown Book ) it seems there’s only one that really deals with the realities of life in the Arab world.
The Outpost’s inaugural issue landed in September 2012 and since then has garnered a reputation for high-quality journalism and incredibly considered design (the folks at Rifle manage the visuals). But in spite of that, the realities of independent publishing mean the Beirut-based title are looking to their readers to fund their 2014 editions. So if you’re not already a fan, you should consider becoming one, and if you’re already familiar with their work then you probably appreciate the importance of this title. In both instances, we reckon this is one publication that’s deserving of some support – after all it’s hard enough producing mags in a place with a magazine outlet on every street corner.
We’ve not got our hands on the their third issue yet, but by all accounts it looks like a corker.
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