Bernard Smith

Bernard Smith

Middle East

Ramadan in Jerusalem: Fines for use of traditional drums

The police sees noise offences and disturbing the peace as one of the most serious offences that can cause harm to the public and the quality of life of local residents

Ramadan in Jerusalem: Fines for use of traditional drums

Gaza

Hamas under pressure to deliver improvements in Gaza

Reopening of Rafah crossing by Egypt seen as only apparent concession after weeks of deadly protests at Israel's fence.

Hamas under pressure to deliver improvements in Gaza

Gaza

Hamas under pressure after Gaza protests fail to bring change

Protests near the Gaza border fence that left more than 100 people dead have brought no relief from Israel's 11-year siege.

Hamas under pressure after Gaza protests fail to bring change

Middle East

The bias in Israeli media coverage of Gaza protests

Many Israeli journalists rely on the military for information and access to areas where news is happening. Fear of losing that access stops reporters from challenging the military’s narrative that the protesters were trying to invade Israel.

The bias in Israeli media coverage of Gaza protests

Middle East

UN votes to send war crimes investigators to Gaza

UN Human Rights Council decides to urgently dispatch investigators to probe Israel's killing of Palestinians in Gaza.

UN votes to send war crimes investigators to Gaza

Asia

Pigeon racing takes flight in Sri Lanka

Enthusiasts attending Jaffna's first ever pigeon race say it is a great way to unwind and feel at one with nature.

Pigeon racing takes flight in Sri Lanka

Middle East

MSF: Palestinian protesters face 'injuries of unusual severity'

At least 39 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds wounded in four weeks of protest against Israel’s blockade.

MSF: Palestinian protesters face 'injuries of unusual severity'

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Mother of killed Palestinian youth: 'How could he pose a threat?'

The United Nations and world leaders have expressed their outrage at the death of Mohammed Ayoub at the hands of Israeli snipers, while his family is left to grieve.

Mother of killed Palestinian youth: 'How could he pose a threat?'

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

UN's Palestinian envoy urges probe into Israel's deadly crackdown

Palestinians have refused to back down, despite the live-fire from Israeli snipers and volleys tear gas, and are continuing their Great March of Return protests at the Gaza border.

UN's Palestinian envoy urges probe into Israel's deadly crackdown

Middle East

'Hamas at the fence': Israeli media's spin on Gaza protests

Without reports from Israeli journalists in Gaza, media in Israeli is mostly offering only the unquestioned repetition of the military's and government's view on the Great March of Return protests at the Israeli-Gaza border.

'Hamas at the fence': Israeli media's spin on Gaza protests

Ethiopia

Explainer: Egypt fears losing water supply to Ethiopia mega-dam

Egypt, which depends on the Nile for water, is worried about the $5bn dam being built upstream by Ethiopia.Pl

Explainer: Egypt fears losing water supply to Ethiopia mega-dam

Asia

Sri Lankan communities struggling to pay debts

Unregulated companies charging high interest rates for small loans is deeply affecting some communities.

Sri Lankan communities struggling to pay debts