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Michael Luongo

Seeing Another Side of Gaza: Tourism in a Conflict Zone

Michael Luongo | Posted 02.16.2013 | World
Michael Luongo

If peace does break out on a permanent basis, the ceasefire holding, if the blockade is lifted and freer movement occurs, Gaza might be the most interesting place in the world for tourists to visit, to catch up on both their tans and history.

Why I Traveled the Muslim World After 9-11 and What I Learned

Michael Luongo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Luongo

The role of the travel writer is to bring people to places they never see, to explain things to them, to make the unknown, the forbidden, the intangible, known quantities, things to no longer fear.

My Book Tour Ends: An Overview

Michael Luongo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Luongo

The final stop of my book tour for Gay Travels in the Muslim World was to visit Aleppo's souq, the largest covered market in the Middle East.

The Cairo Stop: New Ideas in an Ancient World

Michael Luongo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Luongo

The Cairo Book Fair, the second largest book fair in the world, is an amazing event -- vendors sprawl through dozens of exhibition halls as visitors come in droves. If only Book Expo America were like this.

The Beirut Book Fair Signing for Gay Travels in the Muslim World: Small but Successful

Michael Luongo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Luongo

I view the Beirut Book Fair for the Arabic Version of Gay Travels in the Muslim World as a success. Needless to say, in a country where to be gay is still technically illegal, this kept people away.

Beirut Book Fair for Gay Travels in the Muslim World: Day One

Michael Luongo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Luongo

I have to admit that at first I was afraid to enter, but it was what I spent two years working on - the debut of the Arabic version of my book, Gay Travels in the Muslim World, here in the Muslim world itself.

Baghdad's Gay Community: A Tale of Two Cities

Michael Luongo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Luongo

I leave Baghdad soon, this beautiful, dangerous and ancient capital, wondering what to make of this tale of two cities for the gay men I have met who must walk a precarious balance in this still war-torn place.