Jacob Resneck started his journalism career near his home in Northern California where he helped write and edit a weekly newspaper that he delivered out of his red 1976 Toyota pickup.
He later moved to harsher climes to work as an inkslinger in New York’s Adirondack Mountains where a dispute over pay at a small daily newspaper led him to discover the magic of radio.
Fast forward to 2012. He moved to Istanbul to become a full-time freelancer covering hard, soft and downright bizarre stories for such news sources as GlobalPost, Christian Science Monitor, Deutsche Welle and Radio France Internationale.
When he’s not haranguing long-suffering editors with a new story idea he likes to ride his mountain bike through Istanbul traffic and scour tide pools for tasty mussels and limpets near his seaside home.
Such is the spartan existence of the modern freelancer. He still misses that truck.
Some Scots argue that independence from the UK could have many unintended consequences. One would be this: Britain's entire nuclear arsenal is based there and would no longer be welcome.
Tiny Moldova is Europe's poorest country, and it relies on exports — mostly to Russia — to keep its economy going. But as it makes overtures to the European Union, Russia is using embargoes to pressure the country and its Russian-speaking minority to resist, drawing inevitable comparisons to Ukraine.
Conflict & Justice
Ukraine's military is starting to fight the masked, pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine who have been taking over government buildings. As fears of civil war grow, there's another sign that the conflict is escalating. New, masked militias with a pro-Ukraine agenda are now training to counter the separatists.
“Twitter, Schmitter! We have a court order now. We will wipe out all of these social media sites. The international community can say this or that, I don't care at all. Everyone will see how powerful the Republic of Turkey really is.”
Georgians have been watching the power of grassroots groups in the Middle East — and recently in Ukraine — to bring down dictators. So they figure they can protect their urban green spaces, starting with one park.