Flying can be pretty boring, especially if you can't bring a laptop, tablet, e-reader or any other electronic devices bigger than a cellphone into the passenger cabin as the latest edict from the Department of Homeland Security for flights involving 10 Middle Eastern and North African airports demands. So Royal Jordanian Airlines, one of the carriers impacted by the order, which takes effect early Friday, has a few suggestions for passengers traveling from Amman to Chicago, Detroit and New York, including "appreciate the miracle of flight," "pretend tray table is a keyboard" and "analyze the meaning of life." The airline also suggested passengers do "what we Jordanians do best: Stare at each other!" Royal Jordanian took a swipe at President Donald Trump's travel ban against six Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen), tweeting, "every week a new ban." Under the hashtag #electronicban, Royal Jordanian promised Thursday's tweets were just the beginning and more mocking was in the offing.
Organising on social media under the hashtag #MuslimBan, Americans gathered at airports across the country Saturday to protest President Donald Trump's travel ban on Muslim immigrants. Trump signed the executive order Friday, which included a 90-day travel ban for citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen, as well as a 120-day suspension of the U.S. refugee program. The move threw lives immediately into chaos, cancelling the travel plans of approved refugees and seeing those with valid U.S. visas turned away at transit stops or removed from planes. SEE ALSO: Iranian Oscar nominee barred from ceremony by Trump's Muslim ban Responding to calls from activists on Facebook and Twitter, New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) was flooded with hundreds of protestors. On Twitter, Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani, an associate editor at ThinkProgress, shared a list of protests being organised on Facebook to take place at city airports from Atlanta to Chicago.
Waste disposal is a huge challenge for major cities. Today, government administrations in smart cities like Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Tokyo, Melbourne, Seattle, Chicago and Seoul have provided a massive push to incorporate technology into every aspect of their cities. The waste disposal process in many of these cities has transformed into a highly smart operation management activity. Today, civic waste management of any smart city is an interplay of on-field devices, or sensors, networked together to generate millions of data points; data thus obtained is then ingested into a cloud platform and fed through complex analytical frameworks to analyze and then to derive sensible, actionable inferences to better serve the citizens of that city. The whole process is automated with almost zero human interference.
In a letter sent to the Montreal-based United Nations agency on Saturday, Doha said the Saudi-led group that has imposed a blockade on Qatar has violated international law by broadcasting a news report showing the shooting down of a Qatar Airways passenger aircraft. The report aired by the Dubai-based Saudi channel Al Arabiya TV "constitutes a clear and serious violation of international treaties and conventions, particularly the 1944 Chicago Convention, the international air traffic service agreement and international air law", the letter said. Qatar asked the ICAO to "remind all member states that they are responsible for the safety of air traffic in their countries". The Al Arabiya report, which aired on August 9, claimed that international law allows countries to take down any plane that enters its airspace, since it can be defined as a "hostile target". At one point in the video, an animation of a rocket is seen being fired at a Qatar Airways plane.
Two weeks ago, members of the Lebanese indie-pop band Mashrou' Leila took the stage in front of a packed crowd at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, wearing a flamboyant yet minimal uniform of black sequinned shirts. They were in Brooklyn to kick off a month-long tour of the United States promoting their recently released fourth album, "Ibn El Leil," Arabic for "Son of the Night," which explores the escapism of Beirut's aggressive, all-encompassing night life. The band's twenty-eight-year-old songwriter and lead singer, Hamed Sinno, who met his fellow-bandmates eight years ago, at the American University of Beirut, is openly gay, and many of the band's songs confront topics of gender equality and L.G.B.T. rights. In the crowd at the Music Hall, men held hands near women in hijabs. After the Brooklyn show, Mashrou' Leila's U.S. tour moved on to Chicago, Detroit, Boston, and, on June 10th, Silver Spring, Maryland.