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A Place of Peace: Summer Camp for Syrian Refugee Children

Last week Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah opened a summer camp for hundreds of Syrian children refugees on the Syrian-Turkish border. For these kids, even a safe place to play is going a long way.

Two Views of the Tigris: A Syrian and an Iraqi Kurd Discuss Turkey’s Dams

Near the point where Turkey, Iraq, and Syria meet, two villages face each other across the Tigris River. On one side lies the Iraqi Kurdish village of Faysh Khabur, home to a Chaldean Christian community for more than fourteen centuries. On the other bank sits Khanik Village, another ancient Chaldean community — but one that lies in Syria.

The Cheetah in Kenya

In the last three years I’ve worked tirelessly meeting people in the field of cheetah conservation both at home in California and in the countries where the cheetah still roam their natural habitat.  From the ambassadors of their species in the United States to the wild cats of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, the journey…

Pakistan’s Coal Quandary: Energy, the Environment and Hindu-Muslim Harmony

Guest post by Muhammad Makki In this guest-post, Muhammad Makki, a doctoral candidate at the University of Queensland, presents his reflections on a field visit to the remote Tharparkar coal region of Pakistan and the challenges of communal harmony and a diversified approach to addressing Pakistan’s energy crisis. The field visit was supported by the…

Geography in the News: Golan Heights

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com GOLAN HEIGHTS AND THE DMZ In early November 2012, three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarized zone (DMZ) of the Golan Heights. The move by Syria is the first violation of the zone in 40 years and concerns countries of the region. Since…

South Sudan: Oil, the Environment and Border Conflicts

In this guest-article, Dr. Tore Knos, member of the Disaster Aid USA  Response Team and its Board of Directors, and Dr. Michele Zebich-Knos, Professor Emeritus at Kennesaw State University and former Director of the International Policy Master’s Program, discuss the current situation in South Sudan and how long-term strife affects the environment. This blog post…

First Person: How This Palestinian Made Friends With Israelis

Aziz Abu Sarah grew up throwing stones at Israelis. Then he took a class with them.

Reconciling with Rare Earths in Malaysia

Guest article by Bernadetta Devi “Rare Earths” are a group of 17 elements that are currently used in a wide array of modern technologies, ranging from hard disk drives to lamp phosphors to hybrid car batteries. At present 90% of these minerals are mined in China due to a range of economic and environmental factors.…

A Pragmatic Way to Resolve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

  Six years ago, I received an invitation to participate in an event on peace-building in the Middle East at the University of California, Los Angeles. The seminar had been organized by a local lawyer, Josef Avesar, along with academics at UCLA to find a novel way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The idea was…

Amboseli’s People & Wildlife: Innocent Bystanders Falling Prey to Local Conflicts

In recent weeks, human-wildlife conflict in Kenya has grown more severe.  This week, Maasai warriors rampaged across the Amboseli ecosystem, following an unsuccessful interaction between tribal leaders and the Kenya Wildlife Service.    Not far behind the recent killings near Nairobi National Park and elsewhere in the Amboseli ecosystem, Kenya is again plagued by back-to-back…

India: A tale of cattle, turmeric, and guns

“The injuries caused by guns will not be cured by hot milk and turmeric.” A story from India’s past and present.