Peter
Schwartzstein

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

@pschwartzstein

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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…

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…

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…

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,…

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.

Newsweek 

Dec 15, 2016

Why Donald Trump and Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi's Romance Might not Last in Egypt

The life-size cutout of Hillary Clinton looked lonely. On November 8, at the U.S. Embassy’s presidential election night bash in Cairo, dozens of young Egyptians gathered in a cavernous hotel ballroom…

Newsweek 

Sep 14, 2016

The Syrian Civil War Could Spell The End Of Antibiotics

Mohammed Abu Ara is the face of a grave new threat, but propped up on his bed in an airy segregated hospital ward in Jordan, there’s not a hint of menace about him. With his left arm cut off above…

Newsweek 

Aug 10, 2016

ISIS IS DIGGING UP NAZI LAND MINES IN EGYPT

Even at the height of summer, when the upper crust of Cairo descends on the nearby Mediterranean coast, the world’s largest open-air armory is a bleak place. With up to

Newsweek 

Nov 27, 2015

Egyptian Camel Traders and Butchers Are Facing Tough Times

For over a week now, Ahmed Awni has struggled to offload any of the “prime” cuts of camel haunch that dangle on bloodied hooks outside his Cairo butcher’s stall. He’s tried a few gimmicks—“Buy…