Desert Exploration / Environment / Flooding / Middle East / Nature / Outdoor Adventures / Uncategorized

Rare View: Dry Desert River Floods Back to Life

Some hikers have witnessed dangerous flash floods that can occur in minutes–and lived to tell the tale. I’ve never seen one.  The River Zin in the Negev desert in Israel just offered mother nature’s dramatic example of a river roaring back to life. Of course, it’s particularly remarkable in a desert. The drop off into … Continue reading

Amnesty’s Syria Report
Amnesty International / current events Middle East / Human Rights / international relations / Middle East / Syria / war

Amnesty’s Syria Report

Former detainee Omar al-Shogre before his arrest and shortly after his release from Saydnaya Military Prison in Syria. Courtesy of Amnesty International A picture tells all, reminiscent of extermination camp photos. No level of hyperbole can capture the shocking transformation from the vibrant young Syrian man with his shadow’s wraith who survived. He represents one among thousands–and … Continue reading

Defense / Foreign Policy / international relations / Middle East / PTSD / Syria / War Correspondents

Powerful Reflections on PTSD from TedX Cannes

photo credit: Worth watching to hear from a deeply thoughtful journalist about his near-death experience in Iraq and subsequent investigations into PTSD. The relatively muted outcry about what’s going on in Syria is perhaps explained by the dulling of global sensibilities to drama and death in the Middle East.  In the future, there will … Continue reading

art / Culture / Iran / Iranian Art / Liberal Arts / Middle East / Middle Eastern Art / sculpture / Tanavoli / Wellesley College

American College Launches Groundbreaking Middle East Arts Initiative

On its bucolic campus near Boston, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College held a symposium in April titled “Art & Reality, Middle Eastern Art in Context.” Artists, scholars and curators, museum, gallery and auction house leaders, publishers and policy makers traveled to Massachusetts from around the world to dialogue for a day about art in … Continue reading

Cities / Civil Engineering / Creativity / Dubai / Emirates / Middle East / Sustainability / urban design / Urban Planning

Dubai Amazes Again with Indoor City Design

I’ve often dreamed of how marvelous it would be to have interesting places to walk indoors, safely at all hours, with some serious green spaces and entertainment options. During the day of course one can visit museums and then there are those dreaded American shopping malls–which people default to for the safety and climate control but are limited by fixed hours with an atmosphere … Continue reading