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Escape From Iraq: A Muslim Family Finds Solace In Ramadan
Escape From Iraq: A Muslim Family Finds Solace In Ramadan

Young kite flyer in Aden / Photo authorOn a visit to Yemen, Sarah Shourd is invited to an enlightening dinner with an Iraqi family.It’s a few minutes before 6 and the light in the port-city of Aden in South Yemen is beginning to fade.As the sun sinks behind jagged cliffs the city takes a deep, full-bodied breath.

Do You Know What’s Crawling In Your Hostel Shower?
Do You Know What’s Crawling In Your Hostel Shower?

There are few things in the world that are universal. How many variations could there be?The answer – more than you can imagine. Consider the various elements involved: plumbing, setting, temperature, interior design…fauna.I had my first taste of unique plumbing in Ireland. In the hostels where I was staying, the shower heads had no cold or hot taps, just one big knob.

Void’s War Hero is the voice of true evil
Void’s War Hero is the voice of true evil

The Misfits, for all their flexing and Jersey-boy malarky, were never scary. Dangerous people? Sure, but not scary.They were not unknowable creatures, but simple macho dicks who wrote great songs with great hooks.The Cramps? Give me a break. They were lightweight posers.Black metal? Death Metal? Weak pussies who play too much D&D and run around with stupid corpse makeup on.

5 Ways To Avoid Embarassing Cultural Mishaps
5 Ways To Avoid Embarassing Cultural Mishaps

Until lately I liked to think that, as a seasoned traveler, my days of cultural misunderstandings were a thing of the past.After all, I’m clever enough to call it the “loo” when asking a London waiter for the washroom, brave enough to use my elbows like every other shopper in a crowded German department store and patient enough to accept that everything moves a little slower during a Spanish afternoon.

Lenguajero’s podcast contest for language lovers
Lenguajero’s podcast contest for language lovers

Matador is sponsoring a sweet contest for language lovers and learners at the Spanish-English conversation exchange site Lenguajero. If you’ve ever wanted to be an internet language rock star, here’s your chance – read on for more info. Below is the press release from August Flanagan, Lenguajero’s owner:Lenguajero.

Islam’s largest nation disgusted by the judgment of its holiest
Islam’s largest nation disgusted by the judgment of its holiest

The hardline, Wahhabist followers of Islam in Saudi Arabia bump heads spectacularly with the government of Indonesia.THE FUROR BEGAN with the beheading of Ruyati binti Satubi, a 54-year-old Indonesian grandmother, after she was convicted of stabbing her employer by a Saudi court. In truth though, the seeds of the anger that saw Indonesia recalling its ambassador to Riyadh and suspending nationals from leaving to work in Saudi Arabia go much, much deeper.

Why you shouldn’t participate in voluntourism
Why you shouldn’t participate in voluntourism

Before you run off to do good, it’s worth stopping to consider some ethical basics.NOBODY DECIDES to travel halfway around the world to spend weeks or months of their life undermining a local community. But voluntourism – like that famous quote about the paving on the road to hell – often comes close.

Seeking the essence of zen
Seeking the essence of zen

Jeff Eagar attempts to pass the 3 tests of the zen path, on the ancient and modern streets of Kyoto, Japan.I stepped off the night bus at 5:30 am into a dark, cold Kyoto morning. My last morsel to eat had been the night before and my stomach gave a little rumble for food, to which I replied, “Quiet, you’re fasting.

Charge Your Body and Your Batteries
Charge Your Body and Your Batteries

This eco-friendly battery charger is also good for your mind, body, and spirit.The Roll Charger, created by product designer Jiang Qian, is a battery charger based on traditional Chinese rolling balls, also known as Baoding Balls. Rotating two Baoding Balls in one hand is believed to stimulate acupuncture points and finger nerves, as well as loosening bones and muscles.

43 skateboard magazine campaigns for funds
43 skateboard magazine campaigns for funds

I know very little to nothing about skateboarding. But I fully embrace anyone who challenges the status quo.Started by Allen Ying, a skateboard photographer in New York City, 43 will be a magazine featuring high quality skateboard photographs. 43, or the front-side non-comply trick, the skater puts one foot down and turns the board around, while continually moving forward.

Those silly Americans are at it again: KFC’s Double Down Sandwich
Those silly Americans are at it again: KFC’s Double Down Sandwich

Bawk Bawk. Photos by author.There’s probably nothing like Kentucky Fried Chicken’s new Double Down, a bun-less concoction that promises 35 grams of fat and 1,380 mg of sodium. But without bread, for those of your watching your figure.A friend had posted a picture on his Facebook and I became intrigued.

Understanding the war in Kachin
Understanding the war in Kachin

After almost two decades of uneasy peace, war has returned to Kachin, a resource rich region in the far north of Burma.KACHIN BORDERS CHINA, and the current fighting broke out near controversial Chinese hydropower projects. The Burmese government approved these projects and promised to provide security around the dam sites, but the dams are opposed by most Kachin people, whose homelands will be impacted by the flooding and who will not see much of the money or power produced by the dams.