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Yerevan

Those who wonder what Peak Oil and economic decline will do to western societies and economies in the coming decades should visit the Caucuses. Formerly a wealthy corner of the Soviet Union, the caucuses has been rocked by economic collapse, earthquake, civil war, regional war and finally war with its former protector, Russia, all since …

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Landscapes of Armenia

Those who wonder what Peak Oil and economic decline will do to western societies and economies in the coming decades should visit the Caucuses. Formerly a wealthy corner of the Soviet Union, the caucuses has been rocked by economic collapse, earthquake, civil war, regional war and finally war with its former protector, Russia, all since …

One of the vast apartment blocks of Tbilisi housing many hundreds

Tbilisi Photo Journal

Those who wonder what Peak Oil and economic decline will do to western societies and economies in the coming decades should visit the Caucuses. Formerly a wealthy corner of the Soviet Union, the caucuses has been rocked by economic collapse, earthquake, civil war, regional war and finally war with its former protector, Russia, all since …

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As the Sun Rose over Tehran

(Part 2 of the Messenger’s Journey to Iran) A tapping sound entered my dreams and I labored in my sleep to make sense of it. There was a man standing in the dark shade of fir trees. Behind him was a hillside of gold aspens and up between the branches I could see white rocky …

A moment in the mountains of central Iran

The Messenger in Tehran

(In 2008, I accompanied the Messenger to Iran. This is part 1 of my recollection of that important journey. Part 2) Heat rose like steam off the streets of Tehran. Every few blocks we came upon a new river: six lanes moving fast and no street lights to slow the rushing cars. It was 5pm and …

Hot earth – crossing Anatolia

We flew into Hatay on a Turkish Airways flight. The seats and draperies of the plane were a friendly, but antiquated, pink and baby blue and, between passengers and crew, the plane had a rather jovial feel. Far below us – the images of central Anatolia: hot earth, checker-patched agriculture interupted by rocky ridges and …

“The unemployment timebomb is ticking”

“The unemployment timebomb is ticking” A very important article from the Telegraph – in a financial tsunami, we should never think the first wave will be the last nor the biggest. İf the unemployment shoe has yet to really drop, this would clearly be a triggering event for new and greater financial decline in the …