It is not all about malls and glitz. Dubai has plenty of culture and unique history.
Beirut again! And huge 2 hours interview with pan-Arabic network Al-Mayadeen which will be broadcasted in full on April 16, 2017.
After a substantial pause, return to Istanbul.
And then... a mad dash to Syrian - Turkish border, south of Gaziantep. Nizip refugee camp... karkamis and finally Erbeyli... militarized border, building of new and monstrous wall, ruined economy and lives
This time extremely tough schedule during my 10 days in Indonesia.
In Sumatra, speaking at Bina Darma University in Palembang
Then driving and literally flying over River Musi on makeshift speedboat, visiting isolated communities, reporting on absolute destruction of the environment on Sumatra Island, for RT and other outlets. It is clear environmental genocide, but no one seems to care, in Indonesia or in the West:
The misery in the city of Palembang is unimaginable, some living in this kind of ratholes:
This is extremely beautiful Botanic Garden (Kebun Raya) in the city of Bogor... and one of the Presidential palaces. It is where, after being deposed by Suharto and the West in 1965, progressive President Sukarno lived till the end of his life in house arrest:
And this is one of the most important places on Earth, at least for me: so called Asia-Africa Conference building in the city of Bandung. Here, in 1955, non-aligned movement was born:
Bandung, together with Havana and Miami Beach, has the best 'tropical art deco' structures in the world:
Night visit to the camp of Jakarta governor Ahok. New elections on February 15. Will he prevail of fall?
Stunning train ride between Bandung and Jakarta: