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…

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…

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 few…

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,…

Foreign Affairs 

Apr 6, 2017

The Dangerous State of Iraq's Rivers

Letter From Abu Ghraib

Newsweek 

Mar 21, 2017

Forget ISIS, Egypt's Population Boom Is Its Biggest Threat

Egypt's ballooning birth rate and severe food and water shortage could threaten its national security.

National Geographic 

Feb 6, 2017

Iraq's Unique Wildlife Pushed to Brink by War, Hunting

After decades of strife, the world’s first civilization is losing many of its animals, such as otters, deer, songbirds, and more.