Peter
Schwartzstein

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

@pschwartzstein

Latest Stories

Newsweek 

Nov 22, 2017

What Will Happen If The World No Longer Has Water?

Summer is always scorching in Amman, Jordan, but last July was particularly brutal for Tarek el-Qaisi, a mechanic who lives with his family in the eastern part of the city. A gang of thieves tapped into the power lines across...

National Geographic 

Nov 14, 2017

Climate Change and Water Woes Drove ISIS Recruiting in Iraq

Battered by shifting resources, desperate farmers were driven into terror recruiters’ clutches. Can it happen again?

NPR 

Nov 7, 2017

The Slow Destruction Of Much-Loved Masgouf, An Iraqi National Dish

ISIS suicide bombers devour it as a last supper. Iraqi exiles clamor for it. Such was Saddam Hussein’s love of this fishy delicacy that it might have even betrayed his whereabouts to U.S. troops. For centuries, Iraqis of...

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.

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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