Riots lead to internet shut-off as unrest grows in Iran

Internet returned to Tehran on Friday night, but outside the Iranian capital large parts of the country remain in the dark. Major cities Isfahan and Shiraz have now gone around almost a full week without access to the web, following Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s internet crackdown in response to nation-wide demonstrations against increases to petrol … Continue reading Riots lead to internet shut-off as unrest grows in Iran

Review: Amidst the Clutter and Mess

Amidst the Clutter and Mess, the long awaited debut album from Green Buzzard,captures the collective confusion of Australia’s mid to late 20s population and delivers it into a meandering, rambling collection of acoustic anti-ballads. The band were one of many bands to be thrown under the category of ‘Britpop revivial’ after bursting onto the scene … Continue reading Review: Amidst the Clutter and Mess

Separating the real Iran from Khamenei, mourning

Images of thousands of Iranians mourning General Qasem Soleimani’s death have made their way onto Western screens, with anti-USA chants prompting the rest of the world to fear what is next. But as with seemingly most influential global nations these days, not all is as it seems at first glance. And as is especially important … Continue reading Separating the real Iran from Khamenei, mourning

See what is there, rather than what you want to see

It’d been a lifelong dream of mine to travel across Russia by train, and when I did, it wasn’t what I expected. I had envisaged vodka fueled benders on board, performing glorious renditions of ‘Rasputin’ in karaoke bars, snow over Red Square and exciting misadventures running from and with gruff Russians. In truth, the ‘Baikal’ … Continue reading See what is there, rather than what you want to see