Raid on Rockall

After our daring visit to the Pirates in Puntland, Mr. Masel Tov called again. His latest mission impossible: a Raid on Rockall. This lonely rock in the middle of the North Atlantic ... ... is claimed by Britain since 1955, and incorporated into Scotland since 1972. Illegally - because international law doesn't allow the appropriation … Continue reading Raid on Rockall

7 Days, 7 Continents, 7 Marathons

Thanks to my dear friend Richard Donovan, the ultra endurance runner and extreme event organiser from Ireland, I was able to witness his World Marathon Challenge first hand, without having to run: 7 days, 7 continents, 7 marathons With more than 40 participants from a dozen countries. Foto taken at the start in Capetown. https://vimeo.com/375248997Continue reading 7 Days, 7 Continents, 7 Marathons

Neu-Schwabenland, Antarctica

Welcome to ... Mysterious Antarctica! Few have ever heard of Queen Maud Land (or Dronning Maud Land in Norwegian), but even fewer of New Swabia (or Neu-Schwabenland in German). Go figure why ... Capetown Airport (South Africa) is one of the two main entry points to the white continent, together with Punta Arenas (Chile). After … Continue reading Neu-Schwabenland, Antarctica

Hosted in the FARC mountains: Marquetalia, Colombia

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The Colombian mountain territory of Marquetalia was declared an autonomous republic by the "Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia", or FARC, in 1948. FARC co-founder Jacobo Arenas (pictured right), surviving the government invasion of Marquetalia, wrote a book called "Diario de la resistencia de Marquetalia" ("Marquetalia Diary") in 1972. FARC founder Manuel Marulanda "Tirofijo" is pictured … Continue reading Hosted in the FARC mountains: Marquetalia, Colombia

Aleppo (Syria): perfidious ISIS-Battlefield, secret NATO-Bunker, destroyed Grand Bazaar + famous Baron Hotel

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We want you to come to Syria - in peace ! Because of the Western sanctions, there are currently only 3 international flights to Damascus (from Baghdad, Moscow and Tehran), so most foreign visitors, journalists or NGO staff enter Syria overland from the Lebanese border, pictured here. After a night drive of 2.5 hours, directly … Continue reading Aleppo (Syria): perfidious ISIS-Battlefield, secret NATO-Bunker, destroyed Grand Bazaar + famous Baron Hotel

Frozen Italian Eye Candy in Eritrea

... with a shot of Cuba Libre ! A huge painting in the lobby of the Asmara Palace Hotel demonstrates modern Eritreans' long fight for freedom - from Ethiopia - and their affinity with communist Cuba. The EPLF fighters famously wore sandals which even received a 5 meter high monument at Shida (Sandal) Square. Now … Continue reading Frozen Italian Eye Candy in Eritrea

At the Babylon Hotel in Baghdad

There is a giant Ishtar Gate at the entrance to the Babylon Hotel in Baghdad. The original was built by King Nebukhadnezzar around 575 BC in ancient Babylon. The remains of the original are today at the Pergamon Museum Berlin. Other names for Ishtar are Astarte or Aphrodite or Isis (!). The Babylon Hotel is … Continue reading At the Babylon Hotel in Baghdad

Mleeta – the Hezbollah Stronghold in Lebanon

Visit to Mleeta in Lebanon Arrival scene at Beirut Airport The (pre-) Roman temple of Baalbek is Lebanon's most famous attraction Few visitors know about Mleeta - the Hezbollah's stronghold sitting high on a mountaintop in Lebanon's South in defence against Israeli attacks. The mountain dug out was not detected by Israel until after the … Continue reading Mleeta – the Hezbollah Stronghold in Lebanon