Thursday, March 30, 2017

Washington, DC, USA

After they rally in front of the Capitol to mark "six years of international neglect and betrayal," Syrian-Americans in the DMV assemble to march to the White House. They want the U.S. to stand against Asad, Russia, and ISIS. Hope is waning, however, and the number of demonstrators has been declining. [2017]

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Washington, DC, USA

Voices from the podium and colors of the Syrian flag will attract the attention of decision-makers on Capitol Hill: That's the hope, at least. The Syrian community wants desperately to see an end to the Asad regime and the elimination of ISIS from their homeland. The latter objective may be achieved, but the former, not likely. [2017]

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Washington, DC, USA

The pro-democracy uprising in Syria began in March 2011. It was part of a so-called Arab Spring that touched almost every country in the Middle East and North Africa. Now into its seventh year, Syrians around the world "still want FREEDOM" for their homeland. The Syrian community of the DMV demonstrates every March in sight of the White House or Capitol. [2017]

Monday, March 27, 2017

Havana, Cuba

Less than two days after it arrived, the MSC Opera pulls out of the Sierra Maestra Terminal in Havana and is off to its next port of call. From the top of the Parque Central Hotel the city looks colorful but a bit dilapidated. Nevertheless, visitors are likely to remember Havana the way they think of a book that offered them a 'good read' on dog-eared pages. [2017]

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Havana, Cuba

MSC Cruises is the fourth largest cruise company in the world, but relatively unknown in the U.S. Here, the MSC Opera has just docked at the Sierra Maestra Terminal and its passengers have been given a day to see Havana. That's 2700 potential visitors for a city that desperately needs cashola. [2017]

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Havana, Cuba

That's a 1955 Ford Fairlane. In the United States, its ilk may be for collectors only, but classic cars are common on the streets of Havana, where the 1950s are not yet history. Get ready though, a new law in 2013 eased restrictions on new car imports. Cuba's motorways may be on the verge of a make-over. [2017]

Friday, March 24, 2017

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

See what's growing in the front garden? Day lilies and a bicycle. Both will be making someone very happy today. Or maybe a few months from now. [2009]