Coping in the Middle East

Despite current tensions in the Middle East, this reporter remains optimistic about that area, having observed cooperation between opposing soldiers during an initial trip to that area some 25 years ago.It started when the editor of a daily newspaper handed over a junket to Jordan for a potential energy story. But Jordan is not a significant oil producing country and couldn't even be used as a stepping-stone into a major producing country like Saudi Arabia. In fact, the only other Middle Eastern country open to reporters without special invitation was Israel. That provided an angle for a different story—how two Middle Eastern countries with the least oil and natural gas resource...

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