‘The Most Important Blessing Is Bread’

In Amman, writes Heather M. Surls, reverent care for bread is an economic necessity, a religious discipline, and a cultural obsession.

First Impressions

Limited knowledge leads to conjecture in films by Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Denmark’s Susanne Bier.

Ancestral Echoes

Jarred McAfee goes in search of his last name in Scotland: “In the end, perhaps the outside elements are what unite us. Perhaps what flows from without trumps what flows from within.”

The Refuge in the Desert

At the Shaumari Wildlife Reserve in eastern Jordan, oryxes, onagers and other imperiled wildlife species are making a rally, writes Danny Wright.

Down a Deep Well

Indian bison are the largest bovine species on earth. They can weigh up to 3,000 pounds. So what happens when one falls into a well? Chris Watts sends this dispatch from Kodaikanal.

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