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'The Best Of Times, The Worst Of Times': Cultural Highlights Of 2016

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 12.28.2016 | Arts
Stefan Simanowitz

Concert - Starman: A Celebration of David Bowie Just six days after his death, more than 20 bands and 100 performers came together to celebrate the l...

Photos Capture Snow In Sahara Desert For First Time In 37 Years

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 12.21.2016 | Arts

This is not a mirage. On Dec. 19, snow fell on the red dunes of the Sahara Desert for the first time in nearly 40 years. Karim Bouchetata, an amateur ...

FiSahara Film Festival: Nothing short of a miracle

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 12.19.2016 | Arts
Stefan Simanowitz

"I must have attended almost a hundred film festivals over the years but I'd never been to one in a refugee camp deep in the desert," says Neil McCart...

Climate Change This Week: An Exxon US Government, Standing Up For Science, And More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.15.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. And the chances of Donald Trump's family and fortune surviving climate change are s...

The Passing Of a Saharan Tyrant and the Promise of a New Path

Ahmed Charai | Posted 06.02.2016 | World
Ahmed Charai

This week saw the passing of guerrilla leader Mohamed Abdelaziz, after a long illness. For 35 years, he commanded the Polisario Saharan separatist militia in its struggle to conquer the southern half of Morocco.

Humans May Have Killed All But 3 Of These Animals In The Wild

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 05.08.2016 | Green

There are only three Saharan addaxes — corkscrew-horned antelope native to the sandy deserts of eastern Niger and western Chad — left in the wild....

3,800 Migrants Died Crossing The Mediterranean Last Year. No One Counts The Dead Of The Sahara.

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 02.24.2016 | World

For thousands of migrants from Africa, the Sahara is the first step. For many, it is also the last....

Why Niger's Presidential Election Matters

Phyllis Taoua | Posted 02.20.2017 | World
Phyllis Taoua

Nigerians want and need a government that effectively represents the majority's interests, but many citizens are understandably disaffected and impoverished.

Seashells in the Sahara

Wendy E. Simmons | Posted 01.10.2017 | Travel
Wendy E. Simmons

Christmas Day I saw a partridge in a pear tree. Only there wasn't a pear tree, there were four partridges, and I was in the middle of the Sahara Deser...

My Date With Chad

Wendy E. Simmons | Posted 12.11.2016 | Travel
Wendy E. Simmons

If you're reading this after December 14th, I'll be on holiday alone in Chad, a landlocked country that sits between Libya, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, ...

Moroccan Unity and Saharan Development: A King's Commitment

Ahmed Charai | Posted 11.07.2016 | World
Ahmed Charai

In addition to commemorating the Green March in situ, King Mohammed VI used the occasion to launch a new series of development plans for the Saharan provinces, including new road and rail networks and airports, as well as new social, medical, and educational projects.

The Unending Quest for Self-Determination in the Western Sahara

ADST | Posted 10.19.2016 | World

The disputed region of Western Sahara in Northern Africa is the largest entity by both population and area on the United Nations list of non-self-governing territories.

A Mad Way South: Kite Buggying Across the Sahara

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 05.17.2016 | 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 05.11.2016 | 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 West Afri...

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.