Lebanon's Lions, Tigers and Bears Take the Heat

Lebanese animal rights’ activists report serious abuse of mistreated circus animals on ring circuit from Egypt, Jordan, Syria to Lebanon. Abuse of circus animals comes to forefront of Lebanese politics: When the Monte Carlo Circus’ lions and tigers arrived in Lebanon two weeks ago they were meant to be welcomed by beaming children, adoring parents […]


Dubai Inaugurates World’s Tallest Building – Burj Khalifa

Reporters were given a sneak peak at Burj Khalifa at 828m tall, this week. The world’s tallest building, could attract international investment to the debt-afflicted emirate. Dubai inaugurated Burj Dubai (now Burj Khalifa after Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, President of the UAE), the world’s tallest building, with a spectacular display of sound, light, water and […]


Rebranding Lod: from Modern Slum to Cultural Gem

An ancient mosaic recently uncovered in the mixed city of Lod: Stigmatized as a crime infested, religiously divided city, residents of Lod have launched a grass-roots effort to change the face of the ancient city at the heart of Israel. Mention Lod to anyone in Israel and more often than not it conjures up images […]


From Bombing Center to Strawberry Capital

Planting berries as a means for financial independence in the West Bank. This story has been reported by the Mideast News Source, the Media Line: There was a time when Kalkilya was the focus of bomb making and terrorism but a new program is aiming to turn this Palestinian city into the strawberry capital of […]


Environmental Impact of a Syrian Drought

Syria faces a severe drought. A shift in weather patterns, or just a dry season? A severe water shortage in Syria is forcing farmers to look for alternative means of livelihood but the drought’s impact doesn’t end with the crops. Around a quarter of a million Syrian farmers have been forced to abandon their land […]


The Middle East Is Drowning In Waste

The waste produced by Arab cities is among the highest in the world. Dubai, United Arab Emirates – “The short version of the story is that we’re not doing a very good job of managing waste,” says John Roosen, Technical Director of AECOM Environment Middle East. “Nowhere in the world does. We are going to […]