Saddam’s Hussein’s former torture center, Amna Suraka
In Iraq

Saddam’s Hussein’s former torture center, Amna Suraka

Jul 17, 2011

Amna Suraka, which means Red Security in Kurdish, is Iraq’s first war crimes museum. It’s an imposing compound made of reddish concrete which was once one of Saddam Hussein’s most notorious torture centers and prisons. Countless people died and disappeared here, including women and children. The rooms of the prison are now set up to ...

My visit to one of the towns Saddam Hussein gassed: Halabja, Iraq
In Iraq

My visit to one of the towns Saddam Hussein gassed: Halabja, Iraq

Jul 16, 2011

On March 16, 1988 the town of Halabja Iraq, on the border of Iran, was gas bombed by Saddam Hussein’s military. WIthin 30 minutes more than 5,000 people were dead. Thousands more were left with complications which led to birth defects, cancer & terminal illness. This occurred during the final days of the Iran-Iraq war. ...

Sulaimani, Iraq
In Iraq

Sulaimani, Iraq

Jul 16, 2011

Although Erbil is the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, the city of Sulaimani (pop. 700,000, 40k from Iran) is the true heart & soul of Kurdish Iraq. On my way there from Erbil I encountered dozens of police checkpoints, very pleasant compared to checkpoints I had encountered in the West Bank. And, these checkpoints actually made ...

Yes, I’m in Iraq… No, I’m not crazy.
In Iraq

Yes, I’m in Iraq… No, I’m not crazy.

Jul 5, 2011

I’m in Kurdish Iraq. The most stable part of the country. After summer 08 in Iranian Kurdistan I’ve dreamed of returning. Since it’s not possible for me to return to Iran right now, here I am: Iraq. Of course when I landed, it hit me again: what the fuck am i doing here? This is ...

Misrata-Tunis-Cairo-Kurdistan

Misrata-Tunis-Cairo-Kurdistan

Jul 3, 2011

I’m in a hotel room overlooking Tahrir square in Cairo. Just a few hours earlier there were more scuffles fires, glass and rocks being thrown, not to mention man grunts and yelling. There are a few hundred out there still cheering, screaming & occasionally roughing someone up. This used to do it for me. Do ...

Tea Party @ The Hospital

Tea Party @ The Hospital

Jun 16, 2011

The majority of the Libyans I’ve met in hospital are males (of all ages & backgrounds), but there are also women who have been injured by Gaddafi’s bombs, bullets and tanks. Not only are they dealing with life-altering injuries, most are grieving the loss of sons, husbands and fathers in a place far from home. ...

Visiting Injured Libyan Freedom Fighters

Visiting Injured Libyan Freedom Fighters

Jun 14, 2011

I worked with the critically injured in Haiti, but that was natural disaster, not war. The past few days I’ve had the honor of visiting with Libyan freedom fighters who were injured in battle in Misrata. It’s impossible not to question, how on earth is it possible that another human being could do such horrific ...

A Year, In Food: 3 continents, 30,000+ air miles, unknown calories.

A Year, In Food: 3 continents, 30,000+ air miles, unknown calories.

Jun 13, 2011

At first glance this post may appear to have nothing to do with travel, revolutions or humanitarian work — but it does. Those of you who have spent time with me know that no matter where I go and what I do, I always manage to shoot food porn. When I put all my food ...

Greetings From Post-Revolution Tunisia

Greetings From Post-Revolution Tunisia

Jun 3, 2011

An Egyptian friend in Madrid wondered out loud if I was crazy to leave Spain just as it’s on the ‘cusp of Revolution.’ He was joking about the Revolution bit, but he does think it’s an exciting time to be in Madrid (he’s right). And, it was refreshing to finally have a protest movement come ...

#SpanishRevolution

#SpanishRevolution

May 19, 2011

May 23 Update: Yesterday was election day here in Spain. Along with elections is an enforced ‘day of reflection’ the day before, when all protests/demos are banned. Of course, protesters defied the ban. No one was surprised by that. The government announced in advance that they would not forcibly remove anyone; there was no violence. ...

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