Dicks checks in with photographer Issa Touma, an regular guest from Aleppo, Syria, about the ongoing violence in his city, and his attempt to continue making art. See some of his public art projects here.
Ahmed Abdullah files another in his ongoing audio diaries. Ahmed is now back in Iraq, and he says Baghdad has changed dramatically. It's so dangerous he's considering schooling his two children at home. Ahmed also has some big personal news: his wife is expecting a baby.
Major Ted Kuppinger is an army reservist. He is just back home after serving his country for the second time in Afghanistan. As a civil affairs worker, Ted knows what it's like to live among and serve the Afghan people. He also has the vantage point of comparing two very different Afghanistans from his deployments in 2002 and 2010.
More U.S. troops may soon be headed to Afghanistan under President Obama's new top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Marine Sgt. Nicholas Fagerquist has just returned from there. Nick says the situation on the ground is tough: Over their seven-month deployment, his unit lost 12 Marines to IEDs and firefights. Nick is proud to have brought all of the Marines he led home safely. He's also proud of the work he did training Afghan National Police recruits in a remote area.
As Muammar al-Qaddafi's forces crackdown violently on protestors, Libyans all over the world watch to see what will become of their loved ones and their country. Amjad Tarsin's parents are ardent opponents of the dictator. They were scared they'd pay the ultimate price for their opposition and moved to the U.S. But they always swore they'd return to their homeland once Qaddafi left power.