Peter
Schwartzstein

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

@pschwartzstein

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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?

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.

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.

National Geographic 

Dec 21, 2016

Battered By Climate Change, Nile Farmers Forge New Course

Egypt's farmers are going back to school to learn how to adapt to a drying land.

National Geographic 

Sep 12, 2016

Soaring Food Prices Make Muslim Holiday Meatless for Many

The holy days of Eid al-Adha include the ritual slaughter and sharing of fresh meat. But many Egyptian families can't afford it this year

National Geographic 

Jun 15, 2016

Syria’s Beloved Sweet Shops Follow Its Refugees Into Exile

Civil war has scattered Syria’s bakers, pastry chefs, and restaurateurs. For the foodies—and children—in their new communities, it’s a tasty turn of events.

National Geographic 

Apr 26, 2016

Gulf Countries Look to Farm Abroad as Aquifer Dries Up

Turning sand into soil has long been a fantasy for many desert-dwelling peoples, and for much of the past few decades, many countries have worked hard to make it a reality. Now, these bids to green…

National Geographic 

Mar 8, 2016

Chicken Farms Another Casualty of ISIS Takeover in Iraq

On returning home after a year hiding in the mountains, Ahmed Hussein Hamad had braced himself for the worst.

ISIS had occupied his village and appropriated his house after a lightning summer…

National Geographic 

Nov 12, 2015

Possible Chambers in Pyramid Hold Hopes for Egypt's Tourism

Desperate to win back tourists, Egypt has ramped up efforts to solve the mysteries of the Great Pyramids of Giza.