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Why Lebanon May Be ISIS's Next Target

Janis Powers | Posted 09.04.2015 | World
Janis Powers

If ISIS seeks to expand its would-be caliphate, it will move further into the Levant. Given the military might of Israel and Jordan, it seems unlikely that ISIS would target those countries, as well as Palestine. That leaves Lebanon as the Levantine nation most likely to be challenged by ISIS.

UNESCO Recognizes Indigenous Rights, Cultures in World Heritage Rules

Steven Kallick | Posted 08.21.2015 | Green
Steven Kallick

By adopting new rules on the rights of Indigenous peoples within the World Heritage process--and by working to integrate the review of natural and cultural values in its evaluations--UNESCO has taken important steps in the right direction, which the people of Pimachiowin Aki hope will improve the ability of Indigenous peoples.

Strong Dollar Makes This Colonial Caribbean Haven A Bargain

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 06.24.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Founded by the Spanish in 1533, Cartagena grew quickly to become a thriving seaport. At one time it was second only to Mexico City in commercial importance in the Western Hemisphere. Today Colombia's best-known city on the Caribbean is also an appealing coastal retirement option.

Beersheba -- Where Abraham Swore an Oath: Near Israel's Fraught Border With Gaza on the Looney Front, Part 3

Mike Arkus | Posted 06.02.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Today, Beersheba is a modern university town of some 200,000 people, at 25 miles from the Gaza strip further than either Sderot or Netivot, though still within range of incoming grad rockets that have at times pummelled the city.

Mélanie Gouby: 'Virunga Is the Only Hope Eastern Congo Has Had in Decades'

Tadzio Mac Gregor | Posted 05.26.2015 | Green
Tadzio Mac Gregor

Mélanie Gouby discusses her professional involvement with the Virunga project as well as her emotional attachment to the region she got to know so well.

Taking a Disney Cruise to Norway - the Most Impressive Landscape on the Planet

Dave Parfitt | Posted 05.11.2015 | Travel
Dave Parfitt

"The fjordscapes of western Norway are so utterly unique and so profoundly beautiful that many people rate them as the most impressive landscapes on the planet" - Stuart Butler, Lonely Planet, April 16, 2015. Now THAT is high praise, worthy of attention, and perhaps sets unrealistic expectations.

Preserving the Phoenician Heritage of Tyre Against the Latest Threats in the Middle East

Connie Lawn | Posted 04.30.2015 | DC
Connie Lawn

Co-authored with Charles Sneiderman At a press conference at the National Press Club on February 27, 2015, representatives of the American Committee ...

Squabbles Are Damaging Hopes Of Rebuilding Afghanistan's Beautiful Bamiyan Buddhas

The Guardian | Frederic Bobin | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion

It is always a shock reaching Bamiyan, coming face to face with the two huge cavities in the cliff face. The upright tombs stare out over the valley, ...

Oil Spill In Bangladesh Wildlife Sanctuary Threatens Rare Dolphins

AP | Posted 02.11.2015 | Green

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh were urgently assessing environmental damage in one of the world's largest mangrove forests on Fr...

The Exceptional Traveler: Are You Sure You Want to Sign Up for That Tour?

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 11.03.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

Sri Lanka has absolutely everything a traveler could want. Miles of sugary beaches lined with palm trees, wildlife reserves, ancient ruins that house massive Buddhas, historic colonial towns, a bounty of tropical fruits -- and it's safe.

Colosseum for Days

Erica Firpo | Posted 09.30.2014 | Travel
Erica Firpo

When I was a little girl, my parents would take us to the Colosseum with much the same vibe as when I take my daughter to the local park. We'd be set free to jump, climb and play, but instead of padded pavement and over-engineered climbing devices, we had cats, columns, rocks

UNESCO's 1,000th World Heritage Site Is Stunning

Roadtrippers | Posted 09.07.2014 | Travel
Roadtrippers

The marshy area, which comprises two million hectares, provides water to the giraffes, zebra, antelope and elephants during the dry winter months.

The Sea of Cortes: Acquarium of the World

Barbara Barton Sloane | Posted 08.18.2014 | Travel
Barbara Barton Sloane

"Ferocious with life" is what John Steinbeck said of it; Jacques Cousteau called it the Galapagos of North America. Both were captivated by the Sea of Cotes and on a recent cruise through Baja, California, Mexico so was I.

Off-the-Beaten-Path in Italy's Small Towns

Sucheta Rawal | Posted 08.04.2014 | Travel
Sucheta Rawal

On my most recent trip to Italy, I decided to do something different: get away from the known destinations, explore the small towns and learn a bit more about the local culture.

Cultural Gems We Bet You've Never Heard Of

The Active Times | Posted 07.26.2014 | Travel
The Active Times

There are a few (and by a few we mean many) exceptional sites out there that you've probably never heard of, but that definitely deserve a top spot on that travel bucket list of yours.

20 Gorgeous Photos Of Natural Treasures That Are Under Threat

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 04.22.2014 | World

April 22 marks Earth Day, the annual U.N.-sponsored event to celebrate the planet and raise awareness of the impact that humanity has on the natural w...

5 Reasons to Visit Panama City Right Now

Andrea R. Vaucher | Posted 06.07.2014 | Travel
Andrea R. Vaucher

I think we've all gotten the message that winter has been extended. If you're ready to pack your bags and head south, Panama City is the ticket. Exotica plus ease. Sunshine and smiles.

This Place Is Unreal

Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel

Take one look at Pamukkale and you'll understand why it means "cotton castle." It looks like it comes right out of a fairytale. The Turkish UNESCO ...

The Magical Colors of Cartagena de Indias

Mark Sissons | Posted 02.08.2014 | Travel
Mark Sissons

Radiating from the square, the labyrinthine streets and alleyways of the Old City are lined with resuscitated colonial era mansions, their walls and wooden balconies painted pastel shades of sky blue, lemon yellow, lime green and burgundy.

10 Reasons Why Jordan Is So Much More Than Petra

Adam Pervez | Posted 02.01.2014 | Travel
Adam Pervez

Maybe you've seen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as he travels on horse to reveal Petra's Treasury carved out of its rock surroundings. In some ways this was Petra's unveiling to the world, and perhaps Jordan's unveiling as a tourist destination.

Living the Cappadocia Experience up Close and From Afar

Adam Pervez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Adam Pervez

Imagine a place that is so naturally beautiful and full of history you will feel awestruck from sunup to sundown. Add to that some hot air balloons and the ability to live inside the cave formations that make this place so special and you have Cappadocia.

Under the Volcano

Curtis Ellis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Curtis Ellis

Constellations sprinkled the midnight sky like luminous grains of sand on an ink black carpet. Phosphorescent jellyfish filled the sea with pinpricks of light, mimicking the stars above. Between sea and sky, the island of Stromboli loomed before us, a cone pointing to heaven.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Kosice, Slovakia

Adam Pervez | Posted 11.12.2013 | Travel
Adam Pervez

Kosice is a fascinating crossroads of modern and historical Europe. It was recognized in 2013 as the European Capital of Culture. Here are 10 things you probably didn't now about this beautiful city.

Mt. Fuji's New World Heritage Site Status Draws Safety Concerns For Future Climbers

AP | ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 11.11.2013 | Travel

MOUNT FUJI, Japan — They trudge up well-trod cinder paths by the thousands, headlamps glowing in the dark, and then settle in, shivering, to awa...

What's Become of Syria's Christian Sites?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.18.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

As politicians debate the fate of Syria's Christian minority, reportedly targeted by Muslim fundamentalists for supporting Bashar Al Assad's regime, t...