Why Today is Important: 11th May

The 11th May marks the beginning of Lag BaOmer, a Jewish festival that historically marks a brief reprieve in the Omer, a period of mourning in Judaism. According to tradition, a long time ago a plague killed thousands of students of the Rabbi Akiva, a significant figure in Judaism. The plague ended on Lag BaOmer,Continue reading “Why Today is Important: 11th May”

Why He Studied Arabic

While I studied Chinese, my boyfriend went to the same university to study Arabic. We were both in the languages department, with intense interests in history and politics, and we were both crazy enough to choose some of the most difficult languages in the world. People still ask us “which one’s harder?” And honestly, I’veContinue reading “Why He Studied Arabic”

What Good Is Studying?

This picture was taken in the Red Sea, during a holiday in Egypt. Five years ago, Egypt seemed like a romantic dream, but too dangerous, too poorly understood on my part, for me to even consider going there. The news is often filled with stories of attacks and dangerous happenings going on in the world,Continue reading “What Good Is Studying?”

Why Today Is Important: 20th March

It’s Iranian New Year folks! Or Persian New Year, or Nowruz, depending on who you ask. Where I am, we talk about the Western New Year, or Chinese New Year, but we rarely talk about others, which is a shame because Nowruz is really intriguing. Its origins lie in Zoroastrianism, one of the oldest religionsContinue reading “Why Today Is Important: 20th March”

We Can’t Forget Libya

It’s hard to believe that the Libyan Civil War only started back in 2014. It feels a lot longer, and it’s pretty sad to think that it’s never been resolved. There are a lot of parties involved, and I’m going to cover that here as simply as I can: The House of Representatives: Libyan NationalContinue reading “We Can’t Forget Libya”

Elbit Systems and Our Security

Have you ever heard of Elbit Systems? They’re one of the world’s top defensive technology systems, covering products such as surveillance tech, unmanned aircraft, and cyber defences. They primarily sell to the US, Europe and their allies, though in recent years they have increased trade with countries in the Asia Pacific. With the rise inContinue reading “Elbit Systems and Our Security”

The Arrow

Israeli security is some of the best in the world. It’s excellent out of necessity. If Israel slips up, even once, an attack would be inevitable. The countries of the Middle East have not forgotten, nor forgiven, the land that was taken so forcefully from them in the 60s. And while many would sympathise withContinue reading “The Arrow”

Teachers, Apples, and Netanyahu

There’s something degrading about having food thrown at you. Usually it’ll be something like eggs or tomatoes, but in Israel one woman decided that these soft, breakable foods just didn’t do the trick. So she went for an apple. Zehava Brinish Beck, an Israeli teacher of Ethiopian origin, was sick of Netanyahu and his unfairContinue reading “Teachers, Apples, and Netanyahu”

What On Earth Are The Idlib Talks?

Erdogan and Putin are both notorious for their brutal, control seizing corruption and unbending wills. Both are deemed dangerous by the West, and rightly so. So what’s going to happen with these two dictators when they go head-to-head in a major argument? Well, over here we’re going to be grabbing the popcorn. But my guessContinue reading “What On Earth Are The Idlib Talks?”

Why Today Is Important: 9th March

This day is important for more than one religion, in two distinctly different parts of the world. The first holiday I stumbled across, was Purim. Purim, a Jewish festival that falls on different dates each year on the Western calendar, but routinely falls on the 13th day of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter/earlyContinue reading “Why Today Is Important: 9th March”

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