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Breaking: 300,000+ protest in the streets of Israel
Breaking: 300,000+ protest in the streets of Israel

There is a lot going on in the world right now. So much in fact that it seems as though the mainstream media has completely overlooked the largest rally in Israel’s history.The tent city protest officially started on July 14th, when some Israelis set up tents on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard in protest of the rent being too damn high in Tel Aviv.

5 Reasons You’ll Be Addicted To The Wire‏
5 Reasons You’ll Be Addicted To The Wire‏

Catch up on one of the most critically acclaimed TV series of our time.Hailed as great television, The Wire premiered in 2002 and has been steadily winning converts ever since.This mind-blowing television drama lets you get more than just an in-depth look at the less respectful aspects of Baltimore, Maryland.

13 Additions to the UNESCO World Heritage List (and One Deletion)
13 Additions to the UNESCO World Heritage List (and One Deletion)

World Heritage Site chasers rejoice: you now have 13 more destinations to add to your list. And one to remove.Fresh off the World Heritage Committee’s press, 13 new places around the world have been granted the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site. There was also one subtraction from the list, and a few were shifted over to the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Arabian genies and a flying mosque
Arabian genies and a flying mosque

Baxter Jackson takes us on a tour of a sacred Omani fort that is no longer open to the public, to discover the legends within.WHEN I ASKED my Omani students from Bahla about the legends of genies and sorcery, they squirmed in their seats and very reluctantly shared with me the rumors about those who channel the power of the djinn (genies), the tale of a bewitched tree in the souq, and the legend of the flying mosque.

Notes on a Western Sahara road trip
Notes on a Western Sahara road trip

Peace Corps volunteer Kellen Eilerts hits the road and leaves the blood in Western Sahara.“Where?”-Everyone I’ve talked to.ONE LAST RESORT FAMILY CONNECTION got me in Sayid’s Honda Jazz, which proved plenty capable of navigating the sandy tracks inside the minefield. We quickly reached the ‘border’ dividing Western Sahara’s two territories where the multiple plaques, flags, guards, and military very obviously spelled out that this was “Morocco“, although more telling was the lack of black people in this place only a few minutes north of an entire town of them.

Notes on a Girl Walking the Tightrope
Notes on a Girl Walking the Tightrope

Robert Hirschfield finds a moment of grace in a street performance in India.THE FAMILY comes and stretches a rope between two trees on Sudder Street. The father bangs a drum to summon us from our run down hotels, and his young daughter, twelve maybe, stands poised on the rope, arms spread wide, as if she is about to fly away.

How do you cultivate your humanity?
How do you cultivate your humanity?

Whether you’re traveling or staying at home, there are steps each of us take to strengthen our humanity.Cultivating empathy might just be one of the coolest by-products of travel.It’s hard not to feel someone else’s pain when they lose a loved one, or don’t have enough money to buy food, or watch their heart being broken, even when your beliefs and worldview are completely opposite.

Do You Need a Writing Degree to Be a Professional Writer?
Do You Need a Writing Degree to Be a Professional Writer?

Photo: WonderlaneIt’s a big decision: to spend a year or more and a big chunk of money on a degree in a notoriously unprofitable field.With the proliferation of MFA and other writing programs since the 1970s, it seems that more and more would-be writers of all kinds are heading back to school. Should you?

Kiwanis Club Burning Man bike program closed for 2011
Kiwanis Club Burning Man bike program closed for 2011

If you’re heading to the playa this year, you’re going to want a bike, but the man burns in less than 2 months and many of the bike rental places have already run out.There are three main sources I know personally for renting bikes for Burning Man. The Kiwanis Club of Reno Sparks, Da Rat and Black Rock Bicycles.

Locked Down At London Heathrow
Locked Down At London Heathrow

Dink: di NG k noun, slang. An irritating, comptemptable individual. Use: The customs officials that he encountered at Terminal Five were a bunch of dinks.“Don’t worry. I’m not going to do anything crazy.” His eyes told me that he was speaking the truth but it was the white rubber gloves that were scaring me.

Cairo to Cape Town: A Journey Completed!
Cairo to Cape Town: A Journey Completed!

In case you haven’t been following along, my cousin Sam and his friend Peter have completed their motorcycling trip from Cairo to Cape Town, arriving in the South Africa coastal city this week.Though they were well-prepared, I get the feeling that the trip was even more challenging than the guys expected.

Japan encourages office workers to strip down
Japan encourages office workers to strip down

To reduce AC consumption at the office, Japanese businesspeople are encouraged to wear less.On a recent trip to Tokyo, I noticed two things.First, the city was unusually hot. Cafes, stores, and offices just weren’t running the air.Second, many salarymen were NOT wearing the traditional dark suit, tie, and leather shoes.