This Week’s News Updates

Iraq The Kuwaiti government has announced its approval for running regular flights to Basra and Baghdad. It is worth noting that flights between Iraq and Kuwait were suspended in 1990. After resuming relations, passengers were using a land road through the fly blown town of Safwan. Saudi Arabia Some 20 years after public screenings of…

Congratulations on Your Free Accommodation

One of the most rewarding parts of travel is meeting new people and experiencing new cultures; indeed, these new cultures are often more generous and open than the ones that we come from, and the local individuals you meet will often offer things that will cut down on your daily costs – the largest of…

Syria – The Damascus 3

Following on from Arya Kazemi’s previous insight into the warmongering street posters of Tehran, Polo’s Bastards brings you Arya’s pictures from the region’s other rogue state – Syria. The furtive joke regarding this image in Syria is that it shows the “father, son and the holy ghost.” It’s an image of the late President Hafez…

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…

Latest News From Around The Globe

Iraq/Turkey Iraq has asked Turkey to open an additional border crossing. The two countries are working for opening the new crossing, in a move which is aimed at developing trade between them and lightening traffic at the only land access to Turkey at al-Khabour area, in northern Iraq. The new suggested border gate would be…