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Eight reasons to visit Jordan

If there’s one place you need to add to your travel bucketlist (if you haven’t already done so), it’s Jordan. The country’s tourism industry has suffered over the years as it’s surrounded by troubled Syria, Palestine and Iraq. However, it’s one of the Middle-East’s safe havens and well worth a visit. Jordan boast sites that go back to the Greek, ...

Middle Eastern politics and social media: a toxic combination

In the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris a little over a week ago the world experienced a deluge of different emotions across a huge spectrum. And one way in which the 21st century has changed the way we live is that most of the themes were portrayed through the various mediums of social media. The majority of ...

Saudi King Hospitalised For Reasons Unknown

Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, the King of Saudi Arabia, has been hospitalised in Riyadh, according to the al-Ahd news agency.

Saudis not doing their bit to help refugees

Mina, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia have come under immense criticism in the past couple of weeks after it was found that the country was not doing it’s bit to help with the migrant crisis, despite having 100,000 empty, air conditioned tents.

Last week an unnamed Saudi official said that the country “has received about 2.5 million Syrians since the beginning of the conflict. In order to ensure their dignity and safety, the Kingdom adopted a policy that does not treat them as refugees or place them in refugee camps.”

But with news surfacing that the country has over 100,000 empty tents, there have been calls from other countries, especially those in Europe struggling to deal with the large influx of migrants, for Saudi Arabia to do more.

Pressure is mounting on the desert country, situated less than 2,032.5 km away from Syria, the main source of crisis, to take on more refugees.  The empty tents could potentially house more than 3 million people and are situated in the city of Mina, also known as the tent city.  Mina houses millions of people for five day


Scores Killed by Air Strikes in Syria

War planes in Syria have killed at least 82 people and wounded over 200 more in a market place in Douma, Damascus on Sunday. The attack took place in a known rebel held neighbourhood, according to a U.K. based monitoring group.

Iraqi Parliament Backs Government Overhaul

The Iraqi Parliament has recently voted unanimously to completely overhaul the current Government, in an attempt to combat corruption. This change, which has been described as a “radical turn for Iraq’s political system” by Shi’ite parliament member, Nadhum al-Saadi, could prove to bring the fractured communities of Iraq together, rather than pushing them further apart as has been feared. This ...

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