As a nation at peace becomes a fading memory, so does privacy. Commitments to idealism -- seeking real alternatives to war and upholding democratic values -- are under constant assault from the peaks of power.
Oslo is on the agenda! You've packed your bags, checked the battery on your camera and phone, packed blister band-aids and you're ready to explore the city. Now check out these tips from real Oslo locals.
On my two-nights-a-city tour of Copenhagen, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden; Bergen, Norway; and Oslo, Norway -- where I didn't speak a lick of any of their languages -- I stopped not just to savor the flavors of each dish, but the journey surrounding them.
While Abbas should continue to demand a settlement freeze and a demarcation of the borders of Palestine, he might wish to challenge the Israelis to bring back the Palestinian police to King Hussein Bridge and to allow free passage between Gaza and the West Bank.
The common human recognition that a place where daytime highs on an especially nice winter's day might creep into the teens is a damnable place indeed sends Norwegians into a consumer frenzy for all things fire-related.
At AFAR, we believe that (nearly) anywhere in the world could be a place to go in 2013. Maybe it's because we subscribe to the choose-your-own-adventure approach to travel. That said, the following 13 places really stand out for us this year.
Renewed regional and international attention requires Palestinians to step up and present a more unified position regarding the formulas that are needed to help provide a political answer to the violence.
Not long after my flight landed in Kristiansund on Norway's western coast, I found myself on a harbor cruise, gliding by its mustard yellow and barn red homes tucked into the hillsides and old fish warehouses used to dry and salt cod.
Norway is a spectacularly green and sparsely populated country (the second least populated in all of Europe) with about 5 million folks living here -- roughly the same as the Greater Boston Metropolitan area.
After a tragedy like the shooting in Wisconsin, we have to move beyond merely offering our sympathy and condolences. We have to try our best to help replace the current culture of contempt with a culture of respect.