What these unusual flight routes tell us about international relations in the Middle East

Published June 3rd, 2015 - 11:42 GMT
An Air Arabia plane lands in Beirut, October 2014.  (Youtube: Screenshot)
An Air Arabia plane lands in Beirut, October 2014. (Youtube: Screenshot)

Our favorite flight routes to and from the Middle East  

Brazzaville to Beirut. Or how about Pyongyang to Kuwait? New flight services to the Middle East are opening up, while others are shutting down. Take a look at these somewhat surprising flight routes – past and present.

 Source: Your Middle East

 

Bus #4  

It's been more than two decades since the Lebanese civil war came to a clumsy halt, but the country continues to struggle under the weight of a lingering tension, reinforced by unresolved social, political and territorial divisions that circulate the echoes of past traumas throughout the present. A ride along the erratic route of Beirut's Bus no. 4 forces a confrontation with the untended tears that continue to undermine the country and its capital. 

Source: Mashallah News 

 

 Iran's stakes in Syria's economy  

Recent gains by Syrian opposition forces in the north of the county, where they took control of the Idlib province and the city of Jisr al-Shughour in April 2015, raisedquestions about Iran’s commitment to supporting the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has experienced a number of recent setbacks. But remarks on May 5, 2015 to Bloomberg News by Adib Mayalah, the governor of the Central Bank of Syria, dispelled these doubts. He announced that Iran has given “preliminary approval” for a new credit line to the Syrian government for $1 billion, which would be used to help finance imports.

Source: Sada 

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