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The Confederate Flag Is Not the Only Symbol of Racism that People Try to Whitewash

Dennis Jett | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Dennis Jett

Like those who wave the stars and bars, those who revere the Alamo would deny that and say it is all about their proud heritage. But anyone who doesn't rely on Walt Disney movies for their sense of history knows that is nonsense.

Will the World Take Action to Stop the Destruction of a Unique Global Heritage?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The member states of the World Heritage Committee have so far declined to declare Lake Turkana a World Heritage in Danger. They have instead asked the Ethiopian government to avert the destruction of Lake Turkana by carrying out a strategic environmental assessment of the projects in the Omo Valley. Yet so far, the Ethiopian government has thumbed its nose at the UN body.

Global Momentum Building Against Cultural Cleansing

Deborah Lehr | Posted 06.17.2015 | World
Deborah Lehr

As one of its barbarous tactics in its war of terror, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) threatens, loots and destroys symbols of world civilization: museums and libraries; churches, mosques and synagogues; and treasured archaeological artifacts and sites.

Saudi-Led Airstrikes Destroy Part Of Yemen's UNESCO World Heritage Site

Reuters | Posted 06.12.2015 | World

SANAA, June 12 (Reuters) - Saudi-led coalition air strikes killed at least six people, Yemen's state news agency Saba said on Friday, and destroyed pa...

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.

Sophia Jones

ISIS' Latest Conquest Has Dark History Of State Torture And Abuse

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 05.22.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- When Dr. Bara Sarraj heard that Islamic State militants had overrun the city of Palmyra and its ancient desert ruins, he began to cry. ...

The Fight to Save an Ancient Buddhist City in Afghanistan

Brent E. Huffman | Posted 07.01.2015 | World
Brent E. Huffman

This ancient city named Mes Aynak, or little copper well in Dari, was once at the heart of the bustling Silk Road, the revolutionary trade route that tied together China, India, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.

Situation In Palmyra Is 'Under Control' Despite ISIS Threat, Says Syrian Official

AP | Posted 05.17.2015 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian official said Sunday that the situation is "fully under control" in Palmyra despite breaches by Islamic State milita...

Anaheim's Little Arabia provides tastes, comforts of home

Mona Shadia | Posted 05.07.2015 | World
Mona Shadia

Tucked in the back of an alley lined with various shops, restaurants and stores, Aleppo's Kitchen brings to life the culture and food of one of the Arab world's ancient cities: Aleppo, Syria's oldest and largest.

The Race to Explore Germany's Heritage

Findery | Posted 06.30.2015 | Travel
Findery

On the edge of Lake Constance, small wooden huts sit above the water, held up by stilts - a reconstruction of the pile dwellings that ancient man lived in 7000 years ago in this part of Germany.

Sundarbans Oil Spill: An Urgent Wake Up Call for the Bangladeshi Government

Iara Lee | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
Iara Lee

The stark inability of the Bangladeshi government to handle the current crisis bodes terribly for the even-higher stakes catastrophes that could result from the construction of the Rampal Power Plant.

People, Not Gorillas, Are the Real Heroes of Virunga

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 03.07.2015 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

This is a very good film that could have been a great film if the producers could have taken some more risks. Having navigated this part of Virunga in 2007, 2008 and 2009, I can say that taking risks is easier said then done. If the government does not approve of your footage, it is confiscated.

Byblos Brims With Culture, History and Life

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.04.2015 | Travel
Magda Abu-Fadil

The New World Encyclopedia offers interesting background information on Byblos. Other publications and websites also cover its rich history. But visiting Byblos is a sure way of appreciating its heritage.

Digging Out of Tourism Downfalls: Egypt's Archaeology Takes the Stage

Deborah Lehr | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Deborah Lehr

As the security situation improves, now is the time for Egypt to consider new opportunities to promote -- and protect -- its cultural and aesthetic patrimony.

Saving Culture Is Essential for Building Peace

Irina Bokova | Posted 02.02.2015 | World
Irina Bokova

I went to Erbil, to stand with the people of Iraq, to defend their unique heritage and diversity and to say that this matters - not just for Iraq's future but for all women and men. We must defend the idea of a shared humanity wherever it is challenged. This is our struggle.

Beyond the Bounds of Conservation

Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D. | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D.

Saving world heritage sites is one thing. Activating them as economic and social assets for the local community is another project altogether.

There Are No Alligators Here! Kakadu National Park

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 01.24.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

My recent trip to the Northern Territory of Australia was one of the best I've taken - dramatic landscapes, red earth, interesting outposts, luxury trains, and crocodiles - really big crocodiles!

Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Northern Territory of Australia

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 01.13.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

1. Uluru or Ayers Rock: An impressively large, red sandstone monolith rising from the Central Australian desert. A spiritual and sacred place for the ...

Culture a Key to Peace in Iraq

Irina Bokova | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Irina Bokova

News of the systematic persecution of ethnic and religious minorities, attacks against cultural heritage and education in Iraq has become part of our daily fare. We are witnessing a process of "cultural cleansing' in Iraq that is unprecedented in recent history.

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.

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.

You'll Never Actually Do This

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 05.06.2014 | Travel

Why stick to a travel budget when you can spend more than you'll make in a lifetime on a single 40-day vacation? From over-the-top alcohol tasting ...

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...

21 Reasons to Finally Take That Trip to Italy (PHOTOS)

minube | Posted 05.06.2014 | Travel
minube

"I never saw Venice" is a classic last-words cliché for a reason: Most would love to visit Italy, but very few end up going. Well, now's the time to start thinking about that summer vacation, and we've gone through tips and photos from thousands of travelers at to help you make up your mind.

This Italian Town Looks Like It's Out Of A Fairytale

Posted 05.15.2015 | Travel

Welcome to Alberobello! This little Italian comune is located in the Bari province of Puglia, Italy. Alberobello is known for its trulli -- limest...