Friday Photo: The Promised Land

Umm Qais, Jordan

Several weeks ago I had the chance to visit Umm Qais up in the northern Part of Jordan.  It was far more green than I expected it to be, and it amazes me how constantly surprised I am at the environment in this part of the world.  In the distance there you can see Syria, the Golan Heights, Israel, Palestine.  Its hard to see from the photographs … [Read more...]

Friday Photo: Taksim Square Protests

Protests -- Taksim Square - Istanbul, Turkey

I ended up arriving in Istanbul about the day after the Mavi Marmara incident.  I had no idea anything had occurred until i was in the airport hearing about the incident on news channels.  It seemed there were several protests happening all over the world for this thing, particular there in Istanbul as well.  I was away from most of the issues but … [Read more...]