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The Passing

The Passing

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Jo Sargent, founding teacher at WAB

WAB Alumna Teacher Profile: Jo Sargent | Lianxi>more…. Published in 2012 in Western academy of Beijing Lianxi

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El-Alamein 70 years on

Anniversaries are popular, and seventy has a good ring to it, so it was no surprise the other day to find tour buses at Alamein carrying tourists, that most rare of specie in Egypt this past couple of years. It … Continue reading

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Achieving the Egyptian way

It seems unsurprising that an 18 year-old Egyptian woman wants to be a journalist.  Many were politicized by the 2010 Revolution. To achieve the necessary college education she must get high grades in the final General Secondary School exam next … Continue reading

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For want of education

Comparative religion is not taught in schools in the Middle East.  Which is a pity because a little understanding of Christianity would have informed Ahmed Mohammed Abdullah that Christians from different Churches or Denominations have very different theological tenets resulting in … Continue reading

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Summer strategies in hot climates

If it is 31 oC at 3:15 am at Erbil airport when my plane landed, it is never going to be cool during the day.   By noon the land was baking, and so am I,  and no rain is forecast … Continue reading

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Egypt turns a page?

It was really interesting coming back to Cairo on Saturday morning.  Coming in from the airport in the very early morning, it was clear that the army had moved to key positions.  I went out to do some shopping with … Continue reading

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Kurdish Nowruz

Yesterday evening at 6 o’clock, the hills and mountains surrounding Erbil, and outside the Main Gate of the Citadel itself, went on fire. It is the eve of Nowruz when Kurds everywhere light bonfires and dance. Today the city is … Continue reading

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Erbil souk

Nestling below the citadel with many entrances, the central souk or kayseri in Erbil betrays little of its old lineage except in the winding pattern of its covered lanes and wide meeting points. Judging from the dress of men and … Continue reading

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Kurdistan – the other Iraq: day three

Today started with the simple need to search for carpets for the austere echoey office of tables and chairs marooned in a sea of floor. It turned out to be not so simple. Small shop units sell wide room size … Continue reading

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