We're used to the idea of our national parks being embattled with problems. But at least rangers at Yosemite aren't caught in real battles. But Americans working with the government in Kabul to help establish Afghanistan's first national— including the effects of war — while trying to jump-start a nascent Afghan tourist industry and conservation effort in Central Bamyan province. … [Read more...] about Afghanistan Opens First National Park
No one can come close to China when it comes to official executions but at least they’re modest about it and don’t release the numbers that are thought to be several thousand a year. But with that famous commercial instinct they do sometimes sell on the organs of the deceased and even time the executions to meet foreign demand – that’s the spirit of globalisation! … [Read more...] about Top of the Capital Punishment Charts!
Thousands of people have been killed in Saada since a Shiite rebellion erupted there in June 2004. The rebels say the government is corrupt and too closely allied with the West. The government has charged al-Hawthi with sedition, forming an illegal armed group and inciting anti-American sentiment. The group negotiated a fragile cease-fire with the government last year, but serious tension remains. … [Read more...] about 9 foreigners kidnapped in north Yemen
Like most other mountain villages, almost all hotels and restaurants in Faraya are family run, so staying there has a personal feel. From where I sat in my hotel's dining room, I could hear the chef, Mahmoud Mohammed, in the kitchen cooking, chopping the onions and parsley for my tabbouleh. And at every meal, he came out to discuss the food with me. … [Read more...] about Lebanon’s mountains offer cool refuge from Mideast heat
FILE - In this May 8, 2014 file photo, Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi sits in a defendant cage in the Police Academy courthouse in Cairo, Egypt. Morsi’s collapse and death in a Cairo courtroom on June 17, 2019, was a brief rallying point for the Muslim Brotherhood whose influence waned dramatically in the Middle East since the 2013 military coup in Egypt which had widespread public support at the time. The long-running enmity between the Brotherhood and most Sunni-led governments highlights the deep divisions among Sunni Muslims. It adds a further complication to the volatile region, where the split between Sunnis and Shiite Muslims has created rival camps. less … [Read more...] about Media group says Egypt suppressed coverage of Morsi’s death