IT WAS a short-lived ceasefire. On April 21st Saudi Arabia declared the end of “Operation Decisive Storm”, a three-week long campaign of air strikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen, which had supposedly achieved its objectives. But a few hours later Houthi fighters claimed control of a Yemeni army compound in Taiz, Yemen’s third city, and the Saudis resumed air strikes. The conflict in Yemen has quickly become one of the region’s proxy wars between a Sunni coalition led by Saudi Arabia, which backs the government of Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, and Iran, which backs the Houthis, who are Shias (though of the Zaydi branch, rather than Iran’s so-called “Twelver” branch).
The talks from OpenVisConf 2015 went up, so I’m slowly making my way through. In this one Danyel Fisher from Microsoft Research talks about the challenges of working with data that doesn’t quite fit into your standard CSV data model. The visualization has to account for the mess.
THE world is in the middle of a skyscraper boom. Last year a record number of tall buildings were completed; and the record for the world’s tallest is being broken more regularly and more spectacularly than ever before, particularly in the Middle East. Man’s skyscraper drive has, in general, been tethered to his economic one. The height of the tallest building completed in each year has tended to go up and down in tandem with the economy.
This map shows carmels stock by country.
A camel is an even-toed ungulate within the genus Camelus, bearing distinctive fatty deposits known as "humps" on its back. The two surviving species of camel are the dromedary, or one-humped camel (C. dromedarius), which inhabits the Middle East and the Horn of Africa; and the bactrian, or two-humped camel (C. bactrianus), which inhabits Central Asia. Both species have been domesticated; they provide milk, meat, hair for textiles or goods such as felted pouches, and are working animals with tasks ranging from human transport to bearing loads.
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THE Gulf states have been on the radar of the world’s airlines since the 1930s. Then Dubai, a pearl-fishing port, served as a stopover for the flying boats of Imperial Airways (a forerunner of British Airways) on routes connecting London to distant colonial outposts. BA still serves Dubai but most of the tail fins at its vast main airport, which recently overtook London’s Heathrow as the world’s busiest for international traffic, carry the logo of Emirates, the small state’s own network airline. The balance of power among the world’s carriers has shifted.
A decade ago Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways were insignificant. But these three “super-connectors”, joined in recent years by Turkish Airlines, increasingly dominate long-haul routes between Europe and Asia. Whereas most other international airlines rely heavily on travellers to or from their home countries, the super-connectors’ passengers mostly just change planes at the carriers’ hub airports on their way to somewhere else. In 2001 Emirates and Qatar both flew from 17 destinations in Europe; they now serve 32. Last year all four…Continue reading