Lee Ridley

the editor of Polo’s Bastards.

News Desk – Aggressive Exorcists in Iran

Iraq – Alcohol sales at Baghdad International Airport have been banned by Iraq’s transportation minister Salam Maliki, a Shiite Muslim, who says the facility is a holy and revered piece of Iraq. The airport duty-free shop so far has refused to comply, and Maliki is threatening to destroy its $800,000 supply of alcoholic beverages. Anyone…

The Daily Planet

Thailand Unregistered mobile phones will stop working in Thailand’s insurgency-plagued southernmost provinces by mid-November, in an effort to curb bomb attacks triggered by cell phones. Since May only users of pre-paid mobile services have been required to register with authorities, but Thai communications authorities have expanded that programme to include all cell phones. The plan…

Nomads Of Ararat – Return To The Mountain

In a small corner of East Turkey, just a stone’s throw from the Iranian border, exists a race of semi-nomadic folk called the Jelali. The Jelali follow a lifestyle founded on livestock farming across a mountainous landscape that includes Mount Ararat, the fabled resting place of Noah’s Ark; Little Ararat, a smaller version of its…

A Helpful Email…

I know I’ve already posted information on this subject, along with Dave Perkins’ article “The Hills Have Eyes” but I received this email just a day or two ago, from a Journalist in New Jersey, requesting certain extra information on SE Turkey and N Iraq. My reply was, I believe, loaded with useful tips for…