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International Travel

#SPYHACK: Defeating A Government Blocked VPN

Greetings Everyday Spy, Welcome to your newest #SpyHACK! I recently returned from a year living and working in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) – a Muslim country ruled under Sharia courts with no democratically elected government. I took my whole family to the UAE in mid-2019 on a private intelligence contract. If you know my […]

Beating COVID19 (Part 4): 3 CIA Travel Predictions

Greetings Everyday Spy, Life for my little family of 4 is not that different from your life right now. We spend most of our time at home and indoors (our backyard is a 4th floor balcony). My wife and I find creative ways to keep the children engaged and educated. And all of our food comes […]

Cultivating Culture

Greetings Everyday Spy, Jihi, me and the kids just celebrated 6 months living in the Arabian Peninsula! We arrived in summer 2019 and were absolutely amazed at the daily temperature. The heat, sand and security levels make for a very different lifestyle than what we were used to before we arrived. But the physical environment […]

Iran vs. America: Decisions

(Image Credit: Brett Wilkins, USA Military Bases surround Iran. BrettWilkins.com)   Greetings Everyday Spy, Being an American living in the Middle East hasn’t been easy with tensions between the United States and Iran steadily increasing.  In May 2018 the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal (officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of […]

#SPYHACK: Treating Field Wounds

Greetings Everyday Spy, Welcome to your newest #SpyHACK! In 2012, my wife Jihi and I went on a 3 week trek around New Zealand’s South Island. We were escaping the rainy season in Bangkok to take a few weeks of much needed R&R (rest & relaxation). The South Island scenery was incredible and the weather […]