Baal was a sun god. When the Romans took over Lebanon, Baal became Jupiter. Baalbek was renamed Heliopolis (City of the Sun.) and Lebanon sure has a lot of sun.

Alternative sources like solar and wind power can help solve Lebanon's energy problems and this blog explores these sustainable alternatives.

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Rio and Beyond: Bahrain

Now here is a country I know something about. Quite a lot, actually, from a human rights standpoint. While I have never visited this tiny island country in the Persian Gulf, I have worked with groups from there and have helped Bahraini human rights activists.Bahrain has won a single bronze medal in its Olympic history, after a gold medal was...

Aug 13, 2016, 5:58 AM
Rio and Beyond: Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi

Four B's from Africa. I can tell you there are many countries in Africa I know next to nothing about, and these are four of them. If I had to guess, I would say that three of them probably have dictators, some of them arrest journalists, and they all have fabulous landscapes and food.BeninI've read just a few paragraphs about Benin and I'm already ...

Aug 13, 2016, 3:50 AM
Rio and Beyond: Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda

Running out of Olympics and still on the B's, thanks to a Paul McCartney concert and a baseball game. We're going to the beach on Thursday, too, so I won't have those days, either. Here are some small Caribbean countries. BahamasSome Americans have actually been here given its proximity to the US. Before the new terrorism paranoia passport...

Aug 12, 2016, 7:28 AM


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