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5 Flights of Fancy I'd Rather Not: On a Wing and a Prayer On the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 06.14.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

There are flights, many hours long, that pass in a daze as you slip into and out of somnolence, or get engrossed in a film or book. Then there are tho...

Mad Dogs and Englishmen Go Out in the Midday Sun: Updating Noel Coward on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 03.01.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Some may like it hot, but on a recent visit to Djibouti, one of the hottest places on earth, it was sheer boredom that drove me out into the searing noonday heat. I just got fed up with sticking in the delightfully air-conditioned micro-climate of my hotel.

Litter from Indonesia -- Rubble in Paradise: Cleaning Up the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Garbage breeds everywhere -- old sneakers, crushed beer cans, plastic bottles, broken glass and plastic household items defile the ought-to-be pristine shores.

CIA Secret Prisons: A Decade Later, Justice in Africa?

John Sifton | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John Sifton

Both the Bush and Obama administrations have opposed all efforts, inside and outside the United States, to hold CIA personnel accountable for violations of human rights law and domestic law.

Japan's Influence in the Middle East

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Although it is not widely recognized as such, Japan is one of the most influential economic actors in the Persian Gulf -- something that is unlikely to change in the near or medium term.

From Planet of the Apes to the Apes of the Planet: Simian Meanderings on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 11.25.2013 | Travel
Mike Arkus

I never intended to be a myth-buster, but I'm not disappointed, however sorry Fox is. The trip is too interesting for that, the landscape, yes, too otherwordly, far too awesome in the word's original sense before its current one-stop usage.

The Promise of Health Care Innovation in Djibouti

Ethan Chorin | Posted 10.16.2013 | World
Ethan Chorin

Who will make sure the clinic and the outpost work properly, and coordinate between the Djiboutian Ministry of Health and USAID? Will this become a successful and exportable model for rural health care in Africa, or a white elephant?

Congress OKs Killing of Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime?

Michael Shank | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

A handful of Democratic and Republican senators are considering a rewrite of 60 of the most consequential words to ever pass through Congress: The Authorization for Use of Military Force, which is enabling a system of eternal warfare.

An Honest Customs Declaration Form

Peter Mandel | Posted 08.20.2012 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Everyone arriving back from abroad must complete this Customs Declaration Form. Whether you're traveling with immediate family members or not, you'd...

Why We Need Tougher Laws Against Female Genital Mutilation

Voice of America | Posted 02.06.2012 | Impact

United Nations, international and human rights organizations are calling for an end to female genital mutilation and appealing for tougher legislation...

Bwana Uncle Sam

Eric Margolis | Posted 12.31.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

Having finished off former ally Muammar Gaddafi, the Pentagon, its new Africa Command, and CIA are now focusing on East Africa. In fact, Africa is hot.

Saki Knafo

Thailand's New Rice Policy Could Lead To International Food Price Crisis, Analysts Warn

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 11.20.2011 | World

A program sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is warning of a possible spike in international rice prices, a d...

Help Somalia When Mother Nature Can't

Clay Aiken | Posted 09.27.2011 | World
Clay Aiken

With rising fuel and food prices, and drought, added to an already dire humanitarian situation, it seems that Mother Nature is kicking the people of Somalia while they are down.

Sudan Faces an Earthquake

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

A political earthquake may be about to rock Sudan and send tremors across Africa.

Photophobia in Africa (or I am a Camera) -- From Menacingly Scowling, Weapons-Wielding Troops to Screaming, Fist-Shaking Scrums of Your Average Citizens

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Now I'm not saying Africans don't like being photographed. Lots of them do and are anyway very gracious when they don't. But here are a few experiences on a recent trans-continental trip.

Nicole Krauss, Lynd Ward And 'Trash'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Djibouti" by Elmore Leonard The New York Times: "Neither Dara, Xavier nor, apparently, Mr. Leonard is exactly sure what opportunities Djibouti will ...

Military Still Fumbling Humanitarian Projects

Dan Madden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dan Madden

The U.S. military has been conducting development-like activities in Africa regularly since 2002 -- and we're still building white elephants.

Fleeing to Djibouti: The Life of Somali Refugees

Jim Selman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

According to Ann Encontre, UNHCR representative in Djibouti, southern Somalia and Mogadishu have been relying on local food supplies since WFP withdrew its food aid program in January this year.

The Perils of Intervening in Somalia

Nicole Stremlau | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicole Stremlau

International collaboration and mutual understanding are key, as Somalia's concerns are best addressed from a Somali perspective.

Somalia Update Five

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Reese Schonfeld

The Horn of Africa looms as the next Afghanistan. It's time for our new President to take a hard look.

Doing the Right Thing in Somalia

Frankie Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Frankie Martin

An international stabilization force may well be what is needed in Somalia, but the tough groundwork will have to be laid first. And for this, the Somali people must be on board.