The snow is on its way out so I thought I’d shift gears here on the Black Iris. Transitioning back to reality isn’t easy when snow is still the talk of the town, so here’s a selection of my delicious picks these past few days you might find interesting. Only the first two are about the weather, I promise.
– During the snowfall this past week in Jordan, a thief took the opportunity to rob the shoes of worshipers at a mosque, making them all walk home barefoot in the snow.
– Is the latest, rare snow blizzard in the Middle East an American geoengineering weapon?
– With only six ever being made, Arabs buy every armored Rolls-Royce Phantom. You don’t want to know the cost.
– More than $3 trillion is to be spent on theme parks in the Middle East over the next 20 years, while Dubai plans to build the longest arch bridge in the world, complete with an Opera Theater.
– What’s Israel planning to build? Why the first electric car network by 2011. It’s an ambitious effort to reduce the country’s dependency on
Arab foreign oil.
– Robert Fisk writes a heart-wrenching story of an Iraqi family torn apart.
– Khaled Meshaal answers Foreign Policy’s questions. An interesting Q&A, especially his last answer.
– Science: Islam’s forgotten geniuses. A great story in the Telegraph to remind us of a great past and a pretty depressing present.
– Mideast fertility rates decline, but Jordan still has some of the highest birth rates in the region.