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Spokane Mountaineer details Middle East, Africa travels tonight

TRAVEL — Meri Murphy of the Spokane Mountaineers will detail her the post retiremed trip she made — for eight months! — in the Middle East and Africa during a free program tonight, 7 p.m. at Mountain Gear Headquarters, 6011 E. Mansfield.

 Murphy departed Spokane one week after retiring for a low-cost adventure in Middle East (2 months) — Turkey, Syria (whew!), Lebanon, Dubai, Oman.

Then Africa: (6 months): South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania/Zanzibar, Rwanda.

She'll show her slides and talk about the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly.

Her one word summary of her journey: "Fabulous."

Vets: Iran, Afghanistan Not Worth It

America's veterans are proud of their military service, but in a new report published Wednesday, they expressed ambivalence about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.In a new Pew Research Center report on war and sacrifice, half of post-9/11 veterans said the Afghanistan war has been worth fighting. Only 44% felt that way about Iraq, and one-third said both wars were worth the costs.Some of those costs were outlined in the Pew study, which comes out as the United States marks the 10th anniversary Friday of the Afghanistan conflict, the longest-running war in the nation's history/Moni Basu, CNN via KXLY. More here. (AP file photo of soldier in Iraq)

Question: Are you OK with our current level of involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq?

Tea Party Rips Obama Mideast Stand

Writing in the new Tea Party Boise newsletter John Anderson says President Obama's speech on Middle East peace talks last week "was profoundly un-American, and overtly anti-Jewish in it's potential consequence." "In the speech Obama stated that America supported, and in fact, mandated that any Palestinian/Israeli solution must be based on the borders in place prior to 1967," writes Anderson, calling it a "reversal of position" in U.S. policy. "Another Holocaust can and will happen again unless good people stand up and speak with one voice against this anti-Jewish flood of hatred throughout the Middle East," writes Anderson/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: How important is it to you that the United States stand by Israel?

Today’s fun website: Test your knowledge of Middle East

Middle East Geography Quiz




Heard a little bit about stuff happening in the Middle East lately, in places like Tunisia and Libya and Yemen?

Sure, haven't we all. But how well do you know where those places really are?

Click on the box above, and it will take you to a mapping game that tests your geographic knowledge of the area much in the news. Don't worry. Unlike 5th Grade Geography, no one's keeping score, so you can correct your mistakes.

And thanks to Edward Thomas Jr. for sending the link.