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One Hump, Two Humps, No Humps - Camelids, Section 1: Animal Planet on the Looney Front, Part 17

Mike Arkus | Posted 06.19.2016 | Travel
Mike Arkus

They have a common ancestor, the two-humped camel and single-humped dromedary of Asia and Africa on the one hand and the llama, alpaca, guanaco, and v...

And The Best Hotels In The World Are...

Richard Bangs | Posted 03.31.2016 | Travel
Richard Bangs

In the early days of Expedia.com, our business strategy was based on the agency model; taking a small commission on every hotel booking. Problem was, ...

Inside Africa's Role in China's Ambitious 'One Belt, One Road' Initiative

Eric Olander | Posted 03.15.2016 | World
Eric Olander

While most countries welcome the Chinese investment and inclusion in Beijing's trading network, there is mounting concern as to whether it will actually be able to pull off such a large, complex undertaking. Shannon Tiezzi, managing editor of The Diplomat, has been following the development of the "One Belt, One Road initiative," particularly in Africa. She joins Eric & Cobus -- in the podcast above -- to discuss the global implications of OBOR and its impact in Africa.

Low Oil Price and Its Impact on FDI in MENA

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.15.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

There has been plenty of discussion about the impact of the persistent low oil price on economic performance, employment, and political stability. Less discussed has been its impact on foreign direct investment (FDI), particularly in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Analyst: Worsening Crisis in Saudi-Iranian Relations Further Destabilizes the Middle East

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Riyadh's decision to execute Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr at the start of this month, the Iranian response, and the political fallout have raised the Middle East's sectarian temperatures to the highest level since the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s.

China Is More International Than Ever. Here's Why That's a Problem.

Barclay Bram | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Barclay Bram

Xi Jinping is known for a lot of things, but tightrope walking is not one of them. This week however he has embarked on a tour of the Middle East that has seen him stop in both Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Saudi Arabia's Anti-Terror 'Coalition' Is a House of Cards

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.28.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Given the conflicting interests and lack of military experience on the part of the coalition's members, there is ample reason to conclude that this alliance lacks substance.

"It's Djiboutiful!"(And the Hottest New Destination)

Richard Bangs | Posted 11.19.2015 | Travel
Richard Bangs

When our rafts were bitten by crocodiles or hippos, complications presented we hadn't imagined. We were in Ethiopia making a series of first desce...

Media Under Fire: Grim Arab World Case Studies

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.01.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Arab media face major hardships with journalists on the receiving end of gross violations at the hands of authorities, armed groups, militias and others.

Chinese Investment in Latin America: A Poisoned Chalice?

Rafael Salazar | Posted 06.19.2016 | Latino Voices
Rafael Salazar

Move over Europe and North America, here comes China! Europe, Latin America's second largest trading partner and the U.S., the first, are set to be overtaken by China in the near future. It is predicted that in one year China will have surpassed the EU and in 12 it will have done the same to America.

China's Growing Global Military Presence: Walk Softly and Carry a Small Stick

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.13.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

The alarm bells that are ringing among various governments and in the press with respect to China's growing global military presence are overdone.

The Limits of Japan's Soft Power

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.04.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Japan is determined to be a force for peace and stability in the war-torn Middle East, yet until and unless its constitution is changed to permit the country to project its power in a meaningful manner militarily, its ability to influence events in other regions of the world will remain limited.

Innovative Vision-Saving Program Launched in Djibouti

Ethan Chorin | Posted 02.22.2015 | Impact
Ethan Chorin

This past week 11 clinicians and medical students in the Red Sea country of Djibouti received training and began a 3-month pilot program to perform tests to detect Diabetic Retinopathy (DR), a degeneration of the lining of the eye, often associated with diabetes.

The Huge U.S. Counterterrorism Operation You've Probably Never Even Heard About

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.05.2014 | World

Every week, we bring you one overlooked aspect of the stories that made news in recent days. You noticed the media forgot all about another story's ba...

5 Flights of Fancy I'd Rather Not: On a Wing and a Prayer On the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 06.14.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

There are flights, many hours long, that pass in a daze as you slip into and out of somnolence, or get engrossed in a film or book. Then there are tho...

Mad Dogs and Englishmen Go Out in the Midday Sun: Updating Noel Coward on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 03.01.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Some may like it hot, but on a recent visit to Djibouti, one of the hottest places on earth, it was sheer boredom that drove me out into the searing noonday heat. I just got fed up with sticking in the delightfully air-conditioned micro-climate of my hotel.

Litter from Indonesia -- Rubble in Paradise: Cleaning Up the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Garbage breeds everywhere -- old sneakers, crushed beer cans, plastic bottles, broken glass and plastic household items defile the ought-to-be pristine shores.

CIA Secret Prisons: A Decade Later, Justice in Africa?

John Sifton | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John Sifton

Both the Bush and Obama administrations have opposed all efforts, inside and outside the United States, to hold CIA personnel accountable for violations of human rights law and domestic law.

Japan's Influence in the Middle East

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Although it is not widely recognized as such, Japan is one of the most influential economic actors in the Persian Gulf -- something that is unlikely to change in the near or medium term.

From Planet of the Apes to the Apes of the Planet: Simian Meanderings on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 11.25.2013 | Travel
Mike Arkus

I never intended to be a myth-buster, but I'm not disappointed, however sorry Fox is. The trip is too interesting for that, the landscape, yes, too otherwordly, far too awesome in the word's original sense before its current one-stop usage.

The Promise of Health Care Innovation in Djibouti

Ethan Chorin | Posted 10.16.2013 | World
Ethan Chorin

Who will make sure the clinic and the outpost work properly, and coordinate between the Djiboutian Ministry of Health and USAID? Will this become a successful and exportable model for rural health care in Africa, or a white elephant?

Congress OKs Killing of Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime?

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

A handful of Democratic and Republican senators are considering a rewrite of 60 of the most consequential words to ever pass through Congress: The Authorization for Use of Military Force, which is enabling a system of eternal warfare.

An Honest Customs Declaration Form

Peter Mandel | Posted 08.20.2012 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Everyone arriving back from abroad must complete this Customs Declaration Form. Whether you're traveling with immediate family members or not, you'd...

Why We Need Tougher Laws Against Female Genital Mutilation

Voice of America | Posted 02.06.2012 | Impact

United Nations, international and human rights organizations are calling for an end to female genital mutilation and appealing for tougher legislation...

Bwana Uncle Sam

Eric Margolis | Posted 12.31.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

Having finished off former ally Muammar Gaddafi, the Pentagon, its new Africa Command, and CIA are now focusing on East Africa. In fact, Africa is hot.