I swore blind to myself a couple of weeks ago that I'd never publish another word on Bamiyan. I fear deeply for the future of that beautiful valley and its long-suffering people, but I felt I'd reached a point of just repeating myself. One thing Bamiyan should never be is boring.
The oasis of Douz in Tunisia stages its 45th International Festival on the edge of the Sahara and, after the austerity imposed by the velvet revolution, it's even better than ever.
Most people think of malaria as a health issue, which it is, but it is also a key contributor to poverty in many areas, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.