Middle East

No-fly zone demanded by Syrian protesters

No-fly zone demanded by Syrian protesters

Friday saw protests accross Syria calling for a no-fly zone to be imposed over the nation. The protests are thought to have resulted in around 37 deaths. At least 170 different protests took place yesterday despite threatened violence as part of the growing unrest in the country. Demonstrators want the country’s people to receive international […]

Iran continues to lash out at film industry

Iran continues to lash out at film industry

An Iranian court in Tehran yesterday confirmed film director Jafar Panahi’s sentence to six years in jail, and a twenty-year ban on filmmaking. Charges against the award-winning director were summarised by state media as, “[...] acting against national security and propaganda against the regime”. In September, before the original sentence was handed down, Panahi lamented, […]

Google Earth reveals Nazca-like structures in Arabia

Google Earth reveals Nazca-like structures in Arabia

Google continues to allow us to virtually go where no archaeologist has gone before. The latest finds, in the Arabian peninsula, are of spectacular stone structures that rival the Nazca lines of southern Peru in their intricacy. The ruins are known to local Bedouin groups as “the works of the old men”, and were first […]

Protests over housing costs sweep across Israel

Protests over housing costs sweep across Israel

Israelis have been gathering across the country to protest against the rising costs of housing, with “tent cities” being erected in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Beersheba, Haifa, and Kiryat Shemona. On Saturday night tens of thousands marched from the encampment on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard, which has been a focal point for the protestors, to the […]