Archive for the 'Middle East' Category

A woman-only island in Iran

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Iran is creating a female-only island on one of the 102 islands of Oroumiyeh Lake (Lake Urmia) in the country’s northwest.

The island is intended to be a tourist destination, and all facilities will be staffed by women, in keeping with the Iranian government’s impulse to segregate the sexes.

Perhaps the Iranians would like to emulate a society recounted by Marco Polo: men and women supposedly lived on, respectively, Male Island and Female Island, and kept to themselves, except for three months of the year, when the men would come over to visit.

Filming on Socotra, Yemen

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

Rare news from Socotra, the Yemeni island south of the Arabian peninsula.  The island is millions of years old, allowing time for many endemic species to evolve.