In the Western press, news from the Middle East rarely goes beyond death counts from Iraq, revolts in Egypt, Libya and Yemen, Syria’s internal genocide, and war murmurs between Israel and Iran. But the March 2012 issue of National Geographic, a paper-and-ink magazine on newsstands February 28, goes deeper than the standard reporting from the Gulf States, so deep, in fact, that it delves underwater.
“The Seas of Arabia,” reported by Kennedy Warne, with photographs by Thomas P. Peschak, explores the mostly manmade perils that are choking out the seas, gulfs, bays and straits of Arabia.
The magazine (which has an iPad edition) shared a few of Thomas P. Peschak’s images from its photo essay and gave TakePart access to Kennedy Warne for a speed-read picture of the intricate and fragile interlock of ecosystems at risk in “The Seas of Arabia.”
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Photo: ©Thomas P. Peschak/National Geographic
A relic of the Iran-Iraq war, this oil tanker was scuttled near the Kuwait-Iraq border on Saddam Hussein's orders, to block access by sea to southern Iraq.