Top five hell holes | Latakia

… number 5 I t’s getting close to the end of the year, a traditional time for lists. My contribution to the rankings is my list of hell holes, places I’ve been that are simply lousy. Places that make me wonder why anyone stays put. As I continue to...

Dispatch: Frontiere d’Abboudieh

…at a Syria-Lebanon border crossing H e asked me many questions, mostly lobs. It was the kind of general chitchat that makes travel in the Middle East so engaging. But when the border guard saw Benjamin (my son) and then Sharon (my wife) as names on our...