TV singing contests around the world tend to serve up light, glitzy entertainment with a dash of emotional drama. But in the Middle East’s version of American Idol, it’s the region’s troubles that often take centre stage
Israel’s national broadcast authority has banned the country’s contestant in the upcoming Eurovision song contest from wearing a dress made by John Galliano, citing an anti-Semitic rant by the celebrity designer two years ago.
Israel is bracing for more Arab Spring showers this Sunday, as Palestinians plan to mark the June 5 anniversary of the 1967 war with a new round of protests.
Somehow, it fell to the United States to censure an Israeli shipping company for doing business with Iran.
The four women and two men walked silently to their red leather armchairs in Room 110 of the Federal District Court Building in lower Manhattan. As dozens of reporters and spectators listened intently, the clerk asked Jury Foreman Richard Zug, an IBM computer specialist, if the panel had come to a decision
Correction Appended: Feb. 8, 2010 The Jerusalem syndrome is a psychological disorder in which a visit to the holy city triggers delusional and obsessive religious fantasies
South Lebanon Sunday witnessed its deadliest day since the month-long Israel-Hizballah 2006 war when 10 Palestinian demonstrators were reported shot dead and another 112 wounded as Israeli troops opened fire on protests along the border fence. The casualties came as a massive crowd of Palestinians gathered at Maroun er Ras, a small hilltop village overlooking the border with Israel, to commemorate the 63rd anniversary of the Nakba, or Catastrophe, when the state of Israel was established.
Next month is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride month, an international season of parades, cultural festivals and street parties celebrating gay rights. But amid all the good cheer, tensions are rising over a controversial issue that is splintering LGBT communities
The hunt for a monster can warp the pursuers. The wanted man was one of the most loathsome creatures of modern times: “Ivan the Terrible,” who hacked at his naked victims with a sword as he herded them by the thousands into the gas chambers he operated at the Nazi death camp Treblinka.
Even by Middle Eastern standards, it was a week of abnormal tension and turmoil. The carefully engineered truce imposed on that divided nation by Syria had collapsed .