Category Archives: Current Affairs
The new cupola and blades of the Sir Moses Montefiore’s windmill were lifted to the top of the windmill on 25th July after a 6 months international restoration project. The windmill which dates back to 1857, has become one of Jerusalem’s symbols.
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Women were first allowed participation in the 1900 summer Olympics. That year, just six countries, France, Great Britain, Italy, The United States, Switzerland and Bohemia sent female competitors. Turkish women have participated since 1936, and Israel entered their first women in 1952, followed by Morocco in 1956. The London Olympics 2012 are making history with both Qatar and Saudi Arabia sending women for the first time, thus leading to all Arab teams having female athletes at the games.
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One Amman professional told The Middle East this week: “It is not Queen Rania personally they are against, it is a modern, forward looking womanin a position of power these people cannot stand the thought of. They say she is pro-Palestinian.So what? More than 50% of Jordanians also have strong associations with Palestine. So far, it isthe only thing they have accused her of that they have been able to prove. Jordan does need political reform but its people do not want to overthrow the monarchy. The Arab Spring has been a wonderful thing for countries like Tunisia, Egypt and Libya but the waves of discontent have spread far and wide and this is what we are experiencing in Jordan at the present time. We need change but controlled and measured change. Anything else would be a parody.”
On May 14th 2012, two F-15 Israeli aircraft repeatedly violated Turkish airspace over Cyprus; the intruder was then chased off by the Turkish F-16’s scrambled from the Turkish Cypriot air base at Lefkoniko. The five separate intrusions lasted some eight minutes and ocurred between 11.05am and 12.49pm, suggested they were repeated, deliberate provocation, writes Milan Vesely.