The Olympics: why developed nations shine

This article originally appeared on Asharq Al-Awsat English’s website in August 2012.

By Harry Darkins

London, Asharq Al-Awsat- The Summer Olympic Games is the most prestigious of international sporting events. Every four years, thousands of elite athletes from around the world come together to compete for glory in 26 sports, spanning a total of 39 disciplines. This union of nations is appropriately symbolized by the five interlocking rings of the Olympic emblem, which represent the five continents of the world. Continue reading “The Olympics: why developed nations shine”

From Jordan to the West Bank

King Hussein / Allenby Bridge border crossing

King Hussein / Allenby Bridge crossing

Located just north of the Dead Sea, this is the only border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan.  Israeli regulations prevent Palestinians residing in the West Bank from using Ben Gurion airport, Israel’s main hub, therefore requiring them to use this crossing in order to travel from Amman’s Queen Alia airport. Continue reading “From Jordan to the West Bank”

From Haifa to Hebron

Queuing to pass through the stringent security of Jerusalem’s central bus station, it is important to keep your end destination in mind so as not to lose all hope and give up.
By British standards, people in Israel are rude.

The transition from the orderly queues and lack of eye contact usually found on public transport in the UK to the forthrightness of the Middle East is a difficult one, and one which takes some getting used to.  Continue reading “From Haifa to Hebron”