Brit-Yank journalist & consultant roving around the Middle East.
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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.

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Mar 6, 2016

Troubled Egypt Dreams of the Old Monarchy

King Farouk, deposed in 1952, may have gone down in history as a lousy ruler. But these days Egyptians are inclined to say, ‘Compared to what?’

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Aug 31, 2015

Sudan’s Vaccination Card Black Market

In Sudan, a yellow fever vaccine costs $25. But for $8, you can get a phony certificate that says you’ve been vaccinated.

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Jul 18, 2015

Egypt’s New Drug Addiction

As the country’s travails drag on, more and more Egyptians are turning to tramadol to dull the pain of a stalled economy.

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Dec 25, 2014

In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive

Divided and drained by war, Syrian Christians are determined to celebrate for the first time in four years.

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Dec 5, 2014

ISIS Fighters Are Killing Faster than Statisticians Can Count

The jihadists’ advance has prompted a murder spree so massive that some groups have stopped publishing their death counts for fear of misleading the public.

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Aug 24, 2014

The Gaza War Has Left Jerusalem
More Divided Than Ever

A journey to both sides of the Holy City’s ‘racist abyss.’

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Jun 29, 2014

Iraq’s Christians See Putin As Savior

Reeling from regional developments and disillusioned with the West, some Iraqi Christians are looking to Russia for support.

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Jun 16, 2014

On the Contraband Trail With Libya’s Gun Smugglers

On the porous desert border with Egypt, guns, cash and other illicit goods flow from Libya’s lawless frontier toward buyers in the Middle East.