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LISTEN: On the ground in Syria

In this incredible in-depth interview with somebody on the ground in Syria, you’ll learn more about the conflict than you ever had before. I met MJ, a political science major, at an Irish bar in Damascus. We talk about the internal conflict, regional players, the propaganda war with Al Jazeera, American and Russian involvement. I’ve […]

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The Clash of Civilizations, The Silk Road, and North Korea with Andrew MacLeod

In this episode of Hangover Radio I speak with Andrew MacLeod, and who has led an extraordinary life. He is an Australian businessman, and a former humanitarian lawyer and aid worker for the UN, witnessing the Rwandan genocide, the Pakistani earthquake and the Asian tsunami. Check out his video on North Korea below. He has traveled to 140 countries, […]

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My Filipina Daughter

“I’m pregnant with your baby,” said the Facebook message. The fake pregnancy scam is a common one in South East Asia, so I never took the girl seriously. Girls pull it all the time to extract cash for naive foreigners, and the fact that I only slept with this woman one time made the whole thing even […]

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City Guide: Tokyo, Japan

The following (epic) city guide was contributed by Tim from Tokyo Night Owl. Tokyo in a word: Yabai! Chance of Hooking up: 3/ 5 Quality of Girls: 5/5 [author might have yellow fever bias.] Nightlife: 5/ 5 Smoking tolerance: 1/ 5  Costs $¥ Drinks: $7 (700 yen) or higher for a pint of beer in most […]

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Why You Should Learn Arabic

Why You Should Learn Arabic

Thinking of learning Arabic? Not sure where to start? Confused about what dialect to learn? Let me save you some ALOT of time.  I’ve traveled  extensively in the Arab world and learned several versions of the language through immersion and university, from Egyptian to Levantine to Modern Standard—so listen up. But first, let me give […]

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Snapshot: Dubai, UAE

Snapshot: Dubai, UAE

Snapshots are mini town/city guides for smaller places or cities I have only experienced briefly. Here’s a little snapshot of Dubai. What are one’s first impressions of Dubai? What a melting pot! I’ve never seen a city so full of non-nationals. Where are the locals? First impressions: all the guys are Indian and all the girls are Filipina. (Turns […]

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City Guide: Muscat, Oman

City Guide: Muscat, Oman

Muscat in a word: Evolving. Chance of Hooking up: 1 / 5 (3 for an expat) Quality of Girls: 3 / 5 Nightlife: 2.5 / 5 Smoking tolerance: 3 / 5 City guide ratings explained Costs €$£ Bachelor’s budget: $150 per day. Beer: $8.50 for a beer (usually only a bottle!). Bed: Private rooms from $50. Bud: 500 OMR […]

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