Passport wins 'Best of the Web' award

I'm very pleased to announce that Passport has won Media Industry Newsletter's (min) "Best of the Web" award for 2008 in the blog category. It's a great honor to have competed against quality offerings like New York magazine’s Vulture, Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch, PC Magazine’s GoodCleanTech, Variety’s Scribe Vibe, and Bravo TV’s expansive roster of blogs. (For more details on the award, check out our press release.)

When FP first launched the blog in April 2006, we had little inkling Passport would become the phenomenon it is today. For that, we have you, our loyal readers, to thank, as well as the many contributors who have written here or ensured that everything runs smoothly behind the scenes.

And now I have a task for you, dear readers: What should we do differently in the coming year ahead to stay fresh? Longer posts? Shorter posts? More posts? Fewer posts? More open threads? More interviews and guest posts? More coverage of international sex scandals? What editorial features would you like to see added, changed, or dropped? What topics do you think we should cover more/less?


Illicit: Coming to a TV near you

Fire up your popcorn poppers and invite over all your friends: On Wednesday night, PBS stations nationwide will air the new National Geographic documentary Illicit: The Dark Trade, based on the bestselling book by FP Editor in Chief Moisés Naím. You can check your local listings for times. (If you live in Washington, D.C., it's on WETA TV 26 at 8:00 p.m.)

The film explores the dark underbelly of globalization, from the counterfeiting of luxury goods to money laundering to human trafficking. Highlights include live footage of a raid on a counterfeit warehouse and a moving sequence illustrating how the contaminated cough syrup that killed dozens in Panama last year originated at an unlicensed Chinese chemical factory. It also features extensive interviews with Naím and our Carnegie Endowment colleague Minxin Pei.

Here's a preview:

FP subscribers can also check out Naím's 2003 cover story, "The Five Wars of Globalization," to see where it all began.