Tej, Ethiopian Honey Beer RECIPE

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The authentic flavor of Tej beer made according to a centuries-old process. An Ethiopian friend supervised my making Tej at home. It’s a time-consuming and labor-intensive process. It requires Gesho, a dried leaf used instead of hops (Rhamnus prinoides, a relative of buckthorn).  But it’s as authentic a recipe as ever you’ll find, for  my […]

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Swarms!!! Algeria, Libya, Mauritania and Morocco on High Alert for Desert Locusts

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Even a small swarm of locusts can eat the food of 35,000 people!  The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is alerting North Africa to prepare people and food producers about a damaging swarm of locusts expected to move in over the coming weeks. The UN organization is alerting North Africa’s Algeria, Libya, Mauritania and […]

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Egyptian Seed Bombing Campaign To Hit Cairo and Alexandria

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Egypt’s first ever seed bombing event will highlight the importance of preserving Egyptian seeds and promoting local biodiversity Environmental groups across Egypt have come together to launch a unique event that involves two things you wouldn’t normally put together: seeds and bombing. Campaigners from Nawaya, Nabta, Greenpeace Egypt and 350.org have been busy training activists […]

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Saudi Smoking Grounds for Divorce

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Smoking can cause cancer, emphysema, birth defects, and – in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – divorce. Saudi Arabian authorities enacted a ban against smoking in government buildings, curbing a habit enjoyed by six million of its people. Smoking’s now banned at all ministries and government facilities in all provinces of the kingdom, according to the […]

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Fungus Forces Family From Sharjah Home

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A potentially dangerous form of fungus forced a Gulf family from their home. Is your building sick too? Sounds like a 1950’s horror flick, but it’s been no Hollywood experience for this family-of-five in the United Arab Emirates of Sharjah. They’ve been living in a hotel since September 4 when they returned from vacation to […]

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Mafroum, Moroccan Stuffed Potatoes: RECIPE

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Mafroum potatoes melt in your mouth and fill your senses with truly Middle Eastern flavors. A festive dish, mafroum is one of those foods that reminds me of Moroccan grandmothers who bustle into the kitchen, don an apron, and lovingly conjure delicious food out of vegetables and meat fresh from the shouk.And one of the […]

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Middle East Immune to Pork Crisis? Think Again.

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Reduce one food source and increase pressure on others. We’re all going to die!  Only a lot later and with healthier arteries according to political satirist Stephen Colbert’s side-splitting riff on recent reports that the global bacon supply is “cooked”. Britain’s National Pig Association released data recently showing that European pig herds are declining “at a significant […]

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Hooked on Hookah? It’s Worse than Smokes, Says Iran

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A 45 minute shisha session is the equivalent of puffing 100 cigarettes. In a new study, Iranian researchers proved tobacco water pipes are as harmful as cigarettes, saying, “Our findings reveal profound effects of water pipe smoking on lung function, similar to the effects observed in deep inhalation cigarette smokers.” A student at Amman’s American Community School […]

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ABC News Sued Over Pink Slime

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Beef Products Inc says that the ABC network is to blame for its economic woes. What’s in a name? Beef Products Inc (BPI) is suing ABC News for $1.2 billion, claiming economic damage from  the network’s use of the words “pink slime” to describe the mass of connective tissue ground together, washed in ammonia, and […]

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