Chinese airline replaces ‘Israel’ with ‘Palestinian Territories’ on in-flight map

A Chinese airline has replaced “Israel” with “Palestinian Territories” on its in-flight multimedia system. Israeli passengers flying from Beijing to Tel Aviv on Hainan Airlines discovered that the word “Israel” was nowhere to be seen on the map.

The screens, which were photographed on the flight which landed on Tuesday at Ben Gurion Airport, show […]

Middle East’s Migrant Population More Than Doubles Since 2005

Between 2005 and 2015, the number of migrants living in the Middle East more than doubled, from about 25 million to around 54 million, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from United Nations agencies. Some of this growth was due to individuals and families seeking economic opportunities. But the majority of the […]

Trio of U.S. Navy Ships Deploy From San Diego to Middle East

A trio of U.S. Navy ships will deploy from San Diego Friday with a combined 4,500 service members on board all bound for the western Pacific and Middle East.

The vessels include amphibious assault ship, USS Makin Island, amphibious transport dock ship, USS Somerset, and amphibious dock landing ship, USS Comstock.

USS Comstock was […]

Israel revokes travel permits for Gaza civil servants

The Israeli authorities have revoked almost all of the travel permits for civilian employees of the Palestinian Authority in Gaza, Anadolu reported on Wednesday. The media officer of the interior ministry told the agency that only 4 out of 35 employees are still able to travel through the Erez Crossing.

Mohamed Al-Maqadmeh explained that the […]

Morocco rejects nomination of Salafi preacher for parliamentary election

The Moroccan authorities have rejected the nomination of a well-known Salafi preacher for the parliamentarian election. Hammas Al-Kabbaj was nominated by the ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD), reported on Friday.


The disabled preacher revealed the authorities’ decision on his Facebook page. He said that his application to head the PJD list in […]

1100 refugee families return to Iraq from Syria

More than 1,000 refuge families have returned to Iraq from war-torn Syria, according to the Ministry of Migration and Displacement.


In a Saturday statement, ministry official Mohamed Iyad said 1,100 families have been relocated from al-Hawl refugee camp in northeastern Syria’s al-Hasakah province to northern Iraq.


There are around 7,000 Iraqi refugees residing […]

National Holidays Around the World

The following table lists the date and name for select national holidays in countries around the world. Find the day, month, and year of inception for independence, revolution, flag, and founding days of more than 100 nations.

Country Date Holiday

Afghanistan August 19 (1919) Independence Day

Albania November 28 (1912) Independence Day

Algeria November 1 […]

Federalism and Regionalism in the Middle East

Since the United States’ invasion of Iraq in 2003, which exacerbated Iraq’s ethnic and sectarian divisions and the manipulation of these divisions by regional and international actors, centrifugal tendencies in Iraq have become quite strong. For example, the country’s Kurdish population and, in particular, the leader of the autonomous Kurdish region, Masood Barzani, have openly […]

Discover the Middle East: Kairouan

The UNESCO World Heritage town of Kairouan in Tunisia used to be one of the greatest centres of Islamic scholarship and Quranic learning between the ninth and eleventh centuries. The city has a striking whitewashed medina with several splendid mosques, including the Great Mosque of Kariouan.


The Great Mosque of Kairouan:

Your Tunisian stay […]

Sand from the Middle East may be a key player in India’s summer monsoons

A recent study involving research completed at UT’s Jackson School of Geosciences concluded that the more efficiently sand particles in the Middle East absorb heat, the stronger the Indian summer monsoons will be. The results of this study can be used to develop more accurate monsoon prediction models, which could save money and lives.

Qinjian […]