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Istanbul, Turkey

Color abounds in Istanbul I’ve been in Istanbul for over a week now and find the city constantly surprises me in ways I couldn’t have…
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Having been in the news a lot the last couple of years, it seemed a good idea to get my own take on Greece. After…
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Jewish Quarter, Old City, Jerusalem


I can’t think of any place in the world that can match the history and intractable complexity of Jerusalem. Center of the universe for the…
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Monastery, Meteora, Greece

Greece, Part 2

When Greece finally achieved its independence from the Ottomans, there were still some bugs to be worked out. It took four major wars before things…
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Greece, Part 3

The turbulence didn’t end there for the modern Greek state. As the shadow of war once again darkened the European continent, Greece became an early…
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Palestinian Butcher, Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Part 2

To visit the site, I had to pass through a security checkpoint (they are everywhere in Jerusalem) and show identification establish that I was not…
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Bomb damage, Kashgar, China

Rattling the Tiger’s Nerves

China’s far western borderlands have long been a thorn in Beijing’s side. This is China’s ‘wild west’, known officially as the ‘Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region’, a nod to the dominant…
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Summer’s Eclipse

Fussing with my camera in preparation for the total eclipse, things weren’t going smoothly. The quick release on my tripod head was persnickety, the digital…
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Johannesburg history

The Ghosts of Apartheid

Wandering through the old ‘Number Four’ prison facilities in Johannesburg’s Old Fort complex on Constitution Hill, I thought of Gil Scott-Heron, the legendary urban poet…
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Fog on peak, Cape Town

Cape Town Dry

Ringed by the iconic 4000 foot massif of Table Mountain on one side and the blue surf of the southern Atlantic on the other, it…
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