While attending graduate school at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheva, Israel, I moonlighted as a Middle East correspondent for the late, lamented True/Slant. True/Slant was later acquired by Forbes, but here are a few highlights from my time there:

CIA Suicide Bomber Was… A Blogger: Not only that, but this particular jihadist also wrote Caliphate fanfic.

Dubai Debt 101: A Beginner’s Guide: A simple explanation of how years of limitless construction compounded by unusual accounting and planning put the brakes on the City of Tomorrow.

The United States’ Secret War in Yemen: Before an African terrorist with overstuffed underwear made everyone’s Christmas a bit more interesting, the US military was involved in covert Yemeni operations. Here is a short guide to them.

Kentucky Fried Chicken Infiltrates the United Nations: A story so strange it has to be true. An actor playing the fast food chain’s beloved spokesperson is waved past multiple layers of security at the United Nations’ New York headquarters. Was it faulty security procedures? Was it a lucky break? One thing is sure - the chicken was delicious.

Dubai Assassination 101: A Short Guide to Mahmoud al-Mabhouh: A spycraft primer involving Israel, Hamas, the European Union, the United Arab Emirates and plenty of others.