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Jackie Chan blasted as an Assad ‘accomplice’ for filming movie in bombed Syrian town

  • Jackie Chan is facing criticism for using a bombed Syrian town as a movie set.
  • The Chinese acting legend is producing a new movie about Chinese rescue missions in Yemen that take place inside a ghost town destroyed by war.
  • Many have accused Chan of profiting on the Damascus suburb and helping to normalize the regime of the president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad.

Chinese actor and producer Jackie Chan is facing heavy criticism for filming a movie in a Syrian town bombed by the country’s president.

Directed by Song Yinxi, “Home Operation” is inspired by the 2015 Chinese rescue missions in Yemen that evacuated hundreds of Chinese people. Photographs from the set show several Chinese crew members and actors working amongst the ruins of Hajar al-Aswad, a city that was destroyed in May 2018 after the Syrian regime reclaimed the city from the Islamic State. 

Physical gestures could improve math understanding, researchers say

  • Researchers from China, Iran and Australia are suggesting a gesture-based technique to boost understanding of basic math concepts among primary school children.
  • Their paper, published in Integrative Psychology and Behavioral Science, looked into previous behavioral studies and applied psychological concepts about the use of hand motions and gestures in enhancing higher-order cognitive engagement.
  • The team noted that transferring and translating these findings into the classroom could boost the learning of basic math concepts, such as shapes, volume and quantity, among primary school children.
  • The researchers are set to test this proposed method of teaching by conducting studies involving multiple groups of children from different countries.

Researchers from China, Iran and Australia are suggesting a gesture-based technique that could boost the learning and understanding of basic math concepts.

The paper, published in Integrative Psychology and Behavioral Science in April, reviewed previous behavioral studies and applied psychological concepts about the use of hand motions and gestures in enhancing higher-order cognitive engagement. 

Iranian Woman Sets Herself on Fire Over Fear of Jail For Going to a Soccer Game

An Iranian woman, known as “Blue Girl,” who set herself on fire to allegedly protest the jail sentence she received for attempting to watch a football game, also suffered from bipolar disorder, according to her family.

Sahar Khodayari, 29, passed away at a hospital in Tehran on Sept. 9, a week after setting herself ablaze in front of a court in the Iranian capital.

TV Broadcaster in Iran F‌i‌r‌e‌d After Playing Unc‌‌e‌n‌‌so‌‌r‌ed Jackie Chan S‌e‌x S‌c‌e‌n‌e

An u‌nc‌‌en‌‌‌so‌‌re‌d s‌‌e‌‌x s‌c‌e‌n‌e from a Jackie Chan film, “Shinjuku Incident” (2009), cost a regional head of the Islamic Republic of Iranian Broadcasting (IRIB) his job. 

Despite tight c‌e‌nso‌rship rules, the rau‌nc‌h‌‌y scene aired all over the country’s Kish Island on Monday, sh‌o‌ck‌ing viewers who are not even permitted to see men and women shake hands on TV.

Chinese-Born American Jailed in Iran for Allegedly Being a U.S. Spy

A Chinese-born American graduate student at Princeton University, who was arrested in Iran last year on allegations of espionage, has been convicted and sentenced to 10 years in jail.

Xiyue Wang was conducting research on the Qajar dynasty for his Ph.D. in August 2016 when he was arrested. The 37-year-old was said to be merely looking into the cultural history of Iran as his field of study of late 19th and 20th-century Eurasian history, according to The Guardian.

Iran Becomes the First Country to Completely Ban Pokémon Go

Iran is the first country to officially ban Pokémon Go for unspecified “security concerns.” The decision was made by the country’s High Council of Virtual Spaces, the body responsible for overseeing the nation’s online activity.

Iranian officials reportedly contacted Niantic Inc. developers before placing the nationwide ban last week. According to The Guardian, Pokémon Go may not have been banned had the game’s creators accommodated Iranian officials’ requests. Authorities wanted data servers transferred inside the country and certain locations in the game excluded, citing security reasons.