Saudi Arabia is building great wall — or rather, a great chainlink fence with razor wire — to "protect against ISIS" in Iraq. And it's not the only country investing in very expensive walls right now, even though they probably won't work. Why? Because walls aren't just about security. They're also powerful symbols.
In a country where women are denied the right to vote, are not allowed to drive, and are basically treated like children, Saudi Arabia has taken its next giant leap backwards by rolling out an SMS electronic tracking system that alerts male "guardians" by text message whenever women under their protection leave the…
In Saudi Arabia, there is a hotline you can call to rat out people whom you suspect of participating in sorcery or witchcraft. Dabbling in astrology or simply telling fortunes can land you in prison for life — or worse, get you executed. And last Monday, another witch hunt ended in death.
The major oil fields in the Gulf region have pumped more than half their oil, which is the point at which production usually begins to decline, one expert tells the Wall Street Journal.
These are the remains of a "desert kite", a giant animal corral built out of stones some 5,500 years ago. They were effectively the world's first slaughterhouses, as dozens of animals at a time were herded inside and killed.
A runner-up in National Geographic Traveler's recent photography contest, this image actually depicts two completely biological Earth creatures. Majed Sultan Ali shot this desert kitty stalking a flying ant. [via NatGeo]