Peter
Schwartzstein

Brit-Yank journalist & consultant roving around the Middle East.
Fellow @ Center for Climate & Security, Reporting @NatGeo, @Newsweek, @bbc etc

@pschwartzstein

Latest Stories

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.

The Guardian 

Jan 18, 2017

Iraq's Marsh Arabs test the waters as wetlands ruined by Saddam are reborn

In the country’s southern marshes, the government is helping families to rebuild their floating communities, 25 years after the land was drained

The Daily Beast 

Jan 2, 2017

The Explosive Secrets of Egypt’s Desert

When foreign troops packed up and left the Sahara after World War II, they left behind a diabolical maze of landmines.