August 11, 2013
A worldwide travel alert issued Aug. 2 by the U.S. State Department warns Americans to be alert to "the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula. " On July 25, the State Department issued a travel warning for Saudi Arabia, telling Americans "to fully consider the risks of traveling" to that country, citing security threats because of terrorist groups, "some affiliated with Al Qaeda, who may target Western interests.
August 7, 2013 |
Last year, in the heat of his campaign, President Obama boasted that he had put Al Qaeda "on the path to defeat. " This year, with 19 U.S. consulates and embassies closed and the State Department issuing vague warnings against travel anywhere in the world, Al Qaeda suddenly seems resurgent - and as frightening as ever. So which is it: defeated or resurgent? Neither, really. Al Qaeda hasn't gone away, but it has changed - in a way that makes it less dangerous for Americans at home, but more dangerous for Americans who live in the Middle East and Africa.
June 25, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - When a newly elected President Obama zipped through Africa in 2009, he was given a hero's welcome on the continent of his father's birth. This week, after four years away and few major initiatives aimed at Africa, Obama will return as a prodigal son. Initial euphoria over the election of the first African American U.S. president has given way to disappointment with his perceived lack of interest and action on issues in Africa not related to America's security.
June 16, 2013 |
As the same-sex marriage debate continues throughout the U.S., another front in the battle over gay rights has emerged thousands of miles away in the East African nation of Uganda, where in 2009 a bill was drafted that would impose the death penalty for certain homosexual behavior and prison time for anyone failing to report gays to the authorities. In Uganda and throughout parts of Africa, many believe homosexuality to be an imported Western evil, part of a so-called gay agenda.
June 6, 2013 |
Richard Rowley's documentary "Dirty Wars" is a sobering account of acclaimed journalist Jeremy Scahill's reporting on the war on terror in the Middle East and Africa, and the effect its clandestine operations have had not just on those shaken by its violence but also on Scahill himself. He's the increasingly weary, die-hard truth-seeker covering a military/political apparatus built on shielding those truths from the American public. Narrated by Scahill, author of a blistering expose of Blackwater and the private military contractor's role in the Iraq war, and a more recent book, also called "Dirty Wars," the film takes an atypically personal approach to a doc genre that has rarely needed more than grim footage, testimonials from victims and an omniscient narrator to generate interest and/or outrage in America's win-at-all-costs approach to its enemies.
March 23, 2013 |
Stephen Miller traveled from Dubai to Cape Town, South Africa, in December aboard Oceania's Nautica cruise ship. During a stop in Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, Miller photographed the sail of a dhow, a traditional sailing vessel common in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. "I have always been fascinated by dhows and their sails ever since I lived in East Africa for one year approximately 40 years ago," he said. The Murrieta resident used an Olympus E-620. To submit your photos, visit our reader photo gallery . When you upload your photos, tell us where they were taken and when.