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A Mad Way South: Kite Buggying Across the Sahara

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 05.19.2015 | Travel
Stefan Simanowitz

News that a madcap team of British adventurers have used snow kites to break the record for the fastest crossing of Greenland's ice cap reminds me of another record breaking journey by an even madder bunch of Antipodeans who use kite surfs to cross the Sahara.

7 Lessons From the World's Greatest Explorer

Joe De Sena | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Joe De Sena

Recently, I had the pleasure to interview Sir Ranulph Fiennes - the world's greatest living explorer - for Spartan Up! The Podcast. Fiennes has an arsenal of backbreaking, boundary-pushing, life-risking, hard to believe stories; the type that transport you right to the very places he triumphed over.

Transforming Deserts Into Farmland

XPRIZE | Posted 05.03.2015 | Green

While the Sahara Forest Project may not achieve results like that for years--if ever--the test site is proving the concept today, and it's worth watching the project to see whether the technologies--and the economics--work out in the long run.

How The World's Largest Hot Desert Fertilizes The Amazon

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.26.2015 | Green

The world's largest hot desert fertilizes the world's largest rainforest. That's according to a study published Tuesday in "Geophysical Research Le...

Embezzlement in Sahara

Magnus Norell | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
Magnus Norell

The newly presented report from the EU corruption watch-dog -- OLAF -- about embezzlement of funds from the EU to Polisario, comes as no real surprise for those of us who have followed the confluence between organized crime and terrorism in West Africa.

Le Sahara occidental vu de l'intérieur (partie 2)

Laurence Aïda Ammour | Posted 09.20.2014 | Maghreb
Laurence Aïda Ammour

MAROC - Ce papier est le fruit d'une enquête de terrain menée en équipe au Sahara occidental en 2013. L'enquête portait sur les enjeux sociaux-économiques actuels, leurs ramifications identitaires, et leurs potentielles répercussions politiques pour le Maroc. Nous en présentons ici les premiers résultats, ainsi que les questionnements qui ont surgi tout au long des entretiens.

U.N. Renews Call For 'Human Rights Monitoring Mechanism' On Western Sahara

Reuters | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact

(Adds letter to French president) By Louis Charbonneau VIENNA, April 10 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ...

Deserts on Three Continents, Part 3: The Sahara: Into the Sandbox on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 04.27.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

At over 3.6 million square miles, the Sahara is the world's largest desert if you exclude the icy wastes of the Arctic and Antarctica. Unfortunately I...

The Craziest Market in the World: The Bamako Death Market

Paula Froelich | Posted 03.31.2014 | Travel
Paula Froelich

When I went to Bamako, Mali, these baskets are what I expected to find. Then I went to the Death Market. Fun fact: People in the Wes...

Awe-Inspiring Desert Destinations

minube | Posted 10.03.2013 | Travel

While deserts often evoke an image of arid and inhospitable landscapes, they can also be awe-inspiring. From the bubbling basins of Ethiopia to the monumental landscapes of the American southwest, here are the most otherworldly and captivating stretches of sand our planet has to offer.

The World's Remotest Film Festival: FiSahara Unveils 10th Edition Programme

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 11.24.2013 | Arts
Stefan Simanowitz

The Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem described the Sahara International Film Festival, which will take place in the Sahrawi refugee camps in the Sahara desert next month, as "nothing short of a miracle."

LOOK: A Giant Dust Cloud From The Sahara Is Crossing The Atlantic

Posted 08.01.2013 | Green

South America could be getting a gritty taste of the Sahara Desert soon, from 5,000 miles away. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administratio...

Meatless Monday: Inviting Everyone to the Table

Ellen Kanner | Posted 04.27.2013 | Green
Ellen Kanner

We so seldom cook together, let alone eat together these days. Amber's class reminded me all over again what a generous act it is. When you let others into your kitchen, you let them into your life. And when you do so, they cease to be strange, they cease to be different, they cease to be other.

Timbuktu Then and Now

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 04.21.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

When I heard recently about the rescue of Timbuktu by the French from the Ansar Dine, it somehow made me think of the time when France conquered this city in 1893.

Why Algeria Did Not Distinguish Between Expatriates and Its Citizens at In Amenas

Geoff D. Porter | Posted 03.27.2013 | World
Geoff D. Porter

While foreigners are welcome in Algeria, they are made to understand that they are not only subject to the government's laws and its rules and regulations, but also to the state's broader objectives.

Report: 7 Hostages Dead After Algeria Forces Storm Gas Plant

AP | PAUL SCHEMM and KARIM KEBIR | Posted 03.21.2013 | World

ALGIERS, Algeria — In a bloody finale, Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the Sahara desert on Saturday to end a standoff ...

International Hostage Crisis Enters 4th Day

Reuters | Posted 03.20.2013 | World

* Thirty hostages, at least seven foreign, killed - source * U.S. evacuates wounded from many countries * More than 20 f...

The Doha Climate Talks and an Interview With DESERTEC Foundation Director, Dr. Thiemo Gropp

Vivian Norris | Posted 01.28.2013 | Green
Vivian Norris

"Energy is available in abundance and we have all the technologies -- proven and ready to be rolled out -- that we need to harness it."

PHOTOS: The Las Vegas Neon Museum Shines Even Brighter

Posted 09.26.2012 | Travel

On October 27, Las Vegas will see an opening of a different stripe as the Neon Museum buzzes back to life. The museum, a tribute to the signage of the...

Morocco Knows How to Win in Sahara

Ben Barber | Posted 09.16.2012 | World
Ben Barber

Thirty years ago I rode across the Western Sahara with Polisario guerrillas, who are very much like the rebels and Islamists in Mali.

LOOK: Crashed WWII Plane Found After 70 Years In Desert

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 05.31.2012 | World

A World War II airplane belonging to Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) has been found in the Sahara Desert nearly 70 years after it crash landed, Metro ...

Andrew Burmon

Visiting The Next Giza | Andrew Burmon | Posted 11.05.2012 | Travel

The only English words heard in Said Gomaa's coffee shop are expletives shouted by the action stars blasting their way through a satellite network's a...

PHOTOS: A Moroccan Sahara Odyssey

Charlotte Temple | Posted 06.17.2012 | Travel
Charlotte Temple

The sun was setting and there was nothing but bright orange sand as far as the eye could see. No noise, no pollution and no one else for miles and miles.

Sahara's Huge Surprise For Her Mother On 'Mobbed'

Posted 03.12.2012 | TV

Sahara had quite a shock in store for her mother, but after six years she'd decided it was past time to lay it on her. So she called in the "Mobbed" (...

My Kids Eat Bugs!

Posted 09.18.2011 | Celebrity

Tarantulas on a stick? Spider soup? Crickets? When it comes to exposing her eclectic brood to some of the world's most outrageous delicacies, Angelina...