From 1971-1979, Uganda was under the control of the mercurial Idi Amin, one of the most brutal military dictators ever to rule in Africa. Towards the end of 1973 it became clear that the United States could no longer maintain its embassy in Kampala and would have to shut it down.
Three times the fire whipped up the sides of the canyon toward our town. There are still tree stumps smoking and small fires burning. The overhead planes bringing and dumping water have stopped, and the feeling of being in the middle of Apocalypse Now is starting to subside.
April 17th, 2015 marks 40 years since the Khmer Rouge took Phnom Penh and unleashed a wrath of vengeance against its own people. The genocide war in Cambodia left almost 2 million people dead from execution, starvation and disease.
I'm not alone in counting on social media for information, but sometimes it can be a disappointing source. many of the tweets posted by groups that should likely be committed to offering useful information for people in a crisis failed to meet that objective.
A couple of weeks ago a fire tried to eat our town. You may have heard about it on TV. My mother called from 3,000 miles away to say Brian Williams had reported our evacuation on the NBC Nightly News, which I assume meant I wasn't imagining things.
Plenty of things can go wrong on a cruise vacation. You could get seasick, or sleep through breakfast, or lose at blackjack, or puke over the rail, or god forbid be on a cruise ship that's lost power and drifting out to sea.
As the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast assess the devastating destruction of Hurricane Sandy, I hope that you are all safe and sound inside with your pets. The ASPCA is on the ground, ready to help animals trapped or in danger
In the aftermath of an inconceivable assault, New York's ferryboat captains, tug crews, dinner-boat and sailing-yacht operators and other mariners stepped in, spontaneously, to provide invaluable, irreplaceable assistance.
In several of the books that have since been written about 9/11, it's noted that the Walt Disney Company quickly closed its stateside theme parks that day. Reportedly out of concern that the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts might also be on the terrorists' target list.