npr reviews an entirely English edition of the Shahnameh by interviewing the illustrator of the translation; Hamid Rahmanian. He explain that the true identity of Iran will always be that of poetry, and Shahnameh is central to that. This is mostly likely why the government is so eager to put it back together. It is almost as if they are trying reclaiming their scattered identity from the chaos of modern Iran.
Egypt opened Rafah crossing, the only way into Gaza that doesn’t involve Israel, for three days. The crossing has been strictly controlled and at this time Palestinians were only able to leave Egypt. The crossing has been watched for the last ten years after Israel placed an embargo on the strip. Last year, the crossing was only open for just over 30 days, and in 2015 for just a month and a half. Many of those crossing in the past have done so for medical care in Egypt.
This is a breaking story on the news based on the airstrike that the U.S. took in Syria. When the story first broke a month ago the U.S. had said that a mosque that some believed was hit with a bomb along with the building holding al Qaeda members. The U.S. now admits that unintentionally it did hit a mosque and there may have been civilian casualties.
Despite refusal by rebel leaders, Russia has moved forward with it’s plan to enforce 4 safe zones in Syria. It has issued a statement that they will go into effect at midnight tonight, noting also that it will not allow US-coalition aircraft within their borders. (http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/russia-syria-safe-zones-closed-coalition-planes-170505072733285.html)
“On April 27, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ratified the Judicial Bodies Law No 13 of 2017, a day after Egypt’s House of Representatives issued its final approval of the law. By so doing, Egypt‘s authoritarian regime has taken an additional step towards full subordination of state institutions, rendering them completely submissive to the military-security ruling establishment.”
UNESCO passed a resolution critical of Israel’s actions in the Ghaza stripa and Jerusalem, which many countries are saying they are violating international law. In addition to Palestine, many other middle eastern countries supported this resolution. Israel said the resolution was unnecessary and they planned on continuing their operations in Jerusalem. Palestine though see’s it as a step forward.
The Syrian Government is producing chemical weapons in violation of a 2013 deal to eliminate them, via a Western Intelligence agency. This is just after a Syrian plane dropped chemical bombs killing nearly 100 people, and the U.S. sending a missile attack on a Syrian airbase in response to this.
Iraq has opened a front in Western Mosul in an attempt to combat ISIS. The ISIS forces have been fighting the counterterrorist group for seventeen months now, leaving hundreds of thousands of civilians on an “urban battlefield.”