Peter
Schwartzstein

Brit-Yank freelance journalist roving around the Middle East.
Currently writing about regional geopolitics for National Geographic and others.

@pschwartzstein

Latest Stories

BBC 

Oct 10, 2017

Death of the Nile

The world’s longest river is sick - and getting sicker. Booming populations have dirtied and drained it, while climate change threatens to cut its flow. And some fear that competition over its dwindling waters could trigger a regional conflict. ...

Newsweek 

Aug 9, 2017

War in Iraq, ISIS crisis fuels brain drain, making life harder for those left behind

It’s been 12 years since Omar Hassan Majed fled Baghdad, but it sometimes feels as if he never left home. Hustling from room to room at his oncology clinic in Amman, Jordan, he jokes with the Iraqi nursing staff and...

National Geographic 

Jun 23, 2017

Crocodile Poaching Booms as Egypt Tourism Crumbles

Fewer foreign visitors and political chaos has led some Egyptians to turn to hunting Nile crocodiles as a source of revenue.

Newsweek 

Jun 11, 2017

HOW NASA'S SATELLITES CAN HELP SOLVE THE MIDDLE EAST WATER CRISIS

For at least six of the past 10 years, Ali Saed, a farmer, grew no crops. The rain in his little corner of northern Iraq was too meager, as was the flow of a nearby irrigation canal. He was only a...

Smithsonian 

Apr 24, 2017

How an Alcohol-Hating English Preacher Founded Global Tourism

Thomas Cook’s tours set the stage for today’s tourism industry

Newsweek 

Apr 18, 2017

IRAQ’S UNLIKELY LOVE AFFAIR WITH CUDDLY CANINES

It’s 9 o’clock on a chilly night in January, and the Adhamiyah animal market is teeming with visitors. There are the private zoo owners who’ve dropped by to size up the mangy lions and monkeys, and young couples...

Latest from the Blog

Nov 14, 2016

“You Are Asking About Pollution?”: One Journalist’s Perspective on the Mid East’s Environmental Crisis

It was some point in May last year, shortly after ISIS surged into the city of Ramadi, and I was working on a story about Iraq’s fast-disappearing Mesopotamian Marshes. Keen to fact-check a few statistics with the Ministry of Water Resources and to hear the government line on the...
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Jun 23, 2015

Turkey’s election draws mixed reactions

Published at Le Monde Diplomatique http://mondediplo.com/blogs/turkey-s-election-draws-mixed-reactions Two weeks ago, as the results of the Turkish parliamentary elections filtered through, international TV networks cut to jubilant scenes on the streets of central Istanbul and Diyarbakir. We watched as supporters of the mostly Kurdish HDP triumphantly celebrated clearing...
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