ARCHIVISTS in Berlin are busy stitching together some 50 million pieces of paper that were shredded or torn up in the final frenzied days of the East German government to hide evidence of communist spying on their fellow citizens. You can visit the scene of the crime.
Colombia can claim pop fame with singer Shakira and actress Sophia Vergara, both from Barranquilla, and actor/comedian John Leguizamo of Bogota. Barranquilla’s annual Carnaval is the world’s biggest after Rio de Janeiro and even rivals New Orleans.
When I visited Tehran in 2008, the city was festooned with benevolent images of ayatollahs and mullahs. They communicated their messages on giant banners fluttering from light poles on the streets, proclaiming "Death to America."
The East German Ministry for State Security, popularly known as the dreaded Stasi, flourished during the Cold War. Its underground recruits used all sorts of ingenious technical devices in their trade to spy on real and imagined opponents of the regime.
Who knew you can get a kosher meal in a Druze village? Azmi Azmi, a knowledgeable and amicable Druze tour guide, welcomed members of the American Jewish Press Association to Isfiya, a Druze village on Mount Carmel.
In January I had an opportunity to explore some of the interesting sites in the long neglected northern part of the country, as part of a press trip sponsored by the American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) and hosted by EL AL and the Israel Ministry of Tourism.
I had an opportunity to investigate Jewish life in Iran four years ago, thanks to Thomas Steinmetz, chairman of the International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) and publisher of eTurboNews.
During the Cold War, South Dakota was on the front line in a face-off with the Communist world. The vast pristine prairie was on high alert with intercontinental ballistic missiles entrenched deep under the Great Plains, ready to strike back in any attack on the homeland from the Soviet Empire.
Another of my stomping grounds—Stratford, the once seedy and neglected London suburb where I began my journalism journey in the late fifties as a reporter on the now defunct weekly Stratford Express—has been dramatically transformed as the magnificent centerpiece for the Olympics. Amazing what you can do with a mere $1.6 billion.
Situated south of the hustle and bustle of the city center, hugging the Mediterranean at the border of Jaffa, the Dan Panorama attracts vacationing families as well as the business trade seeking high tech conference rooms. This is a city hotel in a resort setting in Charles Clore Park.