Lebanon – A Thorn in Syria’s Side

Rafik Bahaa Edine Hariri, the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, was assassinated as he drove past the St George Hotel in Beirut on 14 February 2005. Explosives equivalent to around 1000 kg of TNT were detonated, causing extensive damage to the surrounding buildings. A public rift between Hariri and Damascus just before his resignation as…

News Desk – Aggressive Exorcists in Iran

Iraq – Alcohol sales at Baghdad International Airport have been banned by Iraq’s transportation minister Salam Maliki, a Shiite Muslim, who says the facility is a holy and revered piece of Iraq. The airport duty-free shop so far has refused to comply, and Maliki is threatening to destroy its $800,000 supply of alcoholic beverages. Anyone…

Medical team in Honduras

No travel tips this time, just a “had a great time, wish you were there” story. We had a small group for a medical team in Honduras. As usual, you never know what you will run into in the NGO world.

Pakistan – Sympathy in Short Supply

The devastating earthquake in Pakistan’s northern mountains is turning into one of the toughest relief operations the world has ever known. Nearly 80,000 are thought to have died and many more are slowly succumbing to starvation, injuries and exposure to freezing temperatures and torrential rain. There has been a fair amount of idiotic political posturing…

Hackett’s News Hour

Golf in Sarajevo (AFP) A former frontline during the siege of Sarajevo has been transformed a decade later into a battlefield of a different kind, where bunkers no longer have anything to do with war. Betanija hill, on the outskirts of the capital, which came under fire for 43 months during Bosnia’s inter-ethnic war, is…