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First person dispatch: “What are you doing here?”
First person dispatch: “What are you doing here?”

Isaac| All photos by Josh Debner“How do we know what we’re doing is actually…doing anything?” Jeff asked at dinner.I tried to cut my chicken with a dull knife and didn’t know how to answer.Josh chimed in, “Yea, I mean these kids are always hungry. Girls have babies when they’re 15. It’s just the way it is.

Graham Hughes has passport  trouble in Mauritania
Graham Hughes has passport trouble in Mauritania

WHAT/WHEREVideo ninja Graham Hughes is on a record-breaking journey to visit all UN represented countries in eighteen months. In this episode, his passport trouble getting into Mauritania sets him behind schedule for Senegal, his Eighty-Eighth country.COMMUNITY CONNECTIONThough Graham’s “The Odyssey” adventure to visit every country leaves little time to kick back and enjoy the nations he passes through, it is driven by a good cause.

Struggling with abstract thoughts in Cambodia
Struggling with abstract thoughts in Cambodia

School in Prek Toal / Photo: tajaiStudents in Cambodia struggle with metaphors and creative logic. Is the reason cultural…or is there a deeper mystery?Being a foreigner in Cambodia often feels like one big web of miscommunication.At the most basic level, this has to do with my minimal Khmer vocabulary.

What’s In Your Backpack, Tom Gates, Matador Editor?
What’s In Your Backpack, Tom Gates, Matador Editor?

Matador Life Editor Tom Gates liesamidst the innards of his backpack.Matador Goods is starting a “What’s In Your Backpack?” series and I’ve been asked to take it for a road-test, since I’m about to do a lap around the world.The innards of my bag are currently spilled out on the floor and I’m about to make decisions about what stays and what goes.

The Jerusalem Syndrome: A witness’s tale
The Jerusalem Syndrome: A witness’s tale

Robert Hirschfield could have succumbed to it, but he didn’t.TO GET A FEEL for The Jerusalem Syndrome, let me try to frame it in an American mythological context. Imagine Clark Kent, journalist, on assignment in Jerusalem. Finding himself in a phone booth in his Superman suit, he hears a voice that says to him, “Clark, there is only one Superman in the world, and it is I, the Lord, your God.

Free the Hikers: Rally For Shane and Josh In New York City [PHOTOS]
Free the Hikers: Rally For Shane and Josh In New York City [PHOTOS]

On the eve of their trial in Iran, supporters of Shane and Josh gather to demand their freedom.Hey Friends, Family and Supporters,It was an incredible, peaceful, loving and heart-breaking rally today in NYC to mark two terrible years of injustice for Shane and Josh. There were probably over a hundred people there and a ton of media.

Protests for peace in Northern Ireland
Protests for peace in Northern Ireland

The people of Northern Ireland have been hitting the streets this week to protest the recent murders of two soldiers and a police officer.The killings come after several years of progress towards stability and peace; the Real IRA and the Continuity IRA, both rebel splinters of the Irish Republican Army that reject the peace process, have claimed responsibility.

Feel good product: Maji water
Feel good product: Maji water

Maji delivering water to local families in Nicaragua. Photos courtesy of Maji Water.We love products that actively give back to local communities in which they operate or global projects they sponsor…And Maji Water is the latest in feel good products we’ve discovered.Based in Montreal, Canada, Maji Water bottles spring water sourced from protected natural springs at Saint-Elie-De-Claxton, Quebec.

My Hometown in 500 words: Oakland, CA
My Hometown in 500 words: Oakland, CA

Oakland. City of Dreams. Photo by anarchosynUnderstanding what makes you love a place, what makes it feel like home, can happen at the weirdest moments. I glare into red brake lights and sigh. Rubberneckers stare across the center divide at the solemn funeral procession.Six days ago, in the middle of a spring afternoon in East Oakland, a wanted parolee resisting arrest opened fire on police, killing four cops.

10 Tips to Improve Any Trip to Brazil
10 Tips to Improve Any Trip to Brazil

Photo by Fábio PinheiroBrazil is different from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and its other neighbors. Besides the language differences between Spanish-speaking South America and Portuguese-speaking Brazil, a noticeable cultural divide exists.Brazil, a place where batucada and jazz, beach and jungle, and bikinis and Jesus coexist peacefully, seems to lie on a planet of its own.

How to Haggle Your Way Across Southeast Asia
How to Haggle Your Way Across Southeast Asia

Photo above by OldtastyI have never seen a country with a more aggressive tourist industry than Thailand. You emerge from Hua Lumpong station and make your way to the southern exit. It takes a fraction of a second for taxi and tuk-tuk drivers to yell at the top of their lungs, “Hello sir! Taxi sir! Where you go!

Pakistani Politics: Why Women’s Voices Matter
Pakistani Politics: Why Women’s Voices Matter

Photo: Alex StonehillViolence in Pakistan dominates the headlines. But rarely do we hear reports on the perspective of women. Sarah Stuteville finds their voices.In the gray light of my first morning in Pakistan, the thick salty smell of sulfur introducing me to the seaside city of Karachi, the streets were full of men.