Former Agriculture Minister Brought Carcinogenic Pesticides To Egypt


This really bad picture of former Egyptian Deputy Prime Minister Youssef Wali should not blur his egregious crimes. Hosni Mubarak is not the only official to lose tremendous face following the dramatic Egyptian revolution earlier this year. The former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Youssef Wali also became the subject […]

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Yemen Running Dry As Water Shortage Reaches Extreme Levels in Africa and the Middle East

For years now, Green Prophet has been reporting on the growing water shortage situation in Africa and the Middle East and its economic and geopolitical implications. However, the scale of the problem and the need for urgent international coordination to secure this basic commodity is becoming more urgent today as stories and pictures from Yemen […]

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Millions Go Hungry In Syria, Libya and Yemen


Humanitarian crises erupt in Libya, Yemen and Syria as the populations revolt against their oppressive leaders From the very start, the price of food has played an important role in the emerging Arab Spring which has swept across Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, Yemen, Syria and Libya. As food prices rose so did the anger in […]

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RECIPE: Moroccan Anise Flatbread


These warm, fragrant loaves bring Moroccan flavor to any meal. Karin’s stay in a beautiful eco-lodging high up in the Moroccan mountains, and Tafline’s intrepid hike up and down them, inspired me to find particularly Moroccan recipe. And I find that this flatbread, perfumed with anise and sesame seeds, puts dreams of Morocco in my […]

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Environmental Chemicals Pack The Pounds On You


It’s not just excess calories anymore. It could be that environmental chemicals are ordering your body to put on the pounds. We  live surrounded by synthetic chemical substances. They’re in our food, our soaps, in hundreds of thousands of things we handle daily. Like parabens, a preservative found in moisturizers and bath products. Exposure to […]

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Afghanis Prepare for Food Crisis


Abnormally dry weather a nightmare for Afghanis who rely on wheat crops for survival. Afghanistan is likely to face a significant food shortage in the coming months, following poor rains which have affected this season’s wheat crop. Wheat is the primary food staple for most families. “There have been problems with rainfall, so there will […]

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RECIPE: Lebanese Okra in Olive Oil


Call it Bamyeh in Arabic or Bamiah in Hebrew, but okra is relished all over the Middle East. Okra is a vegetable with an inferiority complex. Its delicious flavor hides under a certain goopiness, or mucilage released in cooking, and some people don’t like it. On the other hand, you may want the beneficial mucilage. […]

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Make Compost In Your Living Room


Nourish your garden or potted plants with compost made in your home. Praxxus55712. The nick of a mysterious Minnesota gardener. We’re given only his first name, Ray. He uploads excellent videos for home gardeners to YouTube, freely sharing his gardening expertise with a gentle, humorous touch. Although I’m all in favor of composting and would […]

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The Explosive Truth About Veggie Burgers


There are several compelling reasons to re-think veggie burgers and other non organic soy-based products. If there is anything to be learned from America’s industrial food machine (in case you missed Food Inc. and other seminal critiques), it is this: nothing can be trusted. Until recently, many vegetarians have been all too happy to jump […]

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RECIPE: Baked Apricot Jam


Hurry and make your fresh apricot jam while the delicious yellow fruit’s still in season. Fresh apricots have so short a season in the Middle East that  bukra filmishmish (tomorrow, in apricot season) is what you say to promise you’ll get something done quickly. Probably that’s why there are almost no Arabic recipes featuring the […]

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Egypt Could Be On The Brink Of Famine


Egypt’s fertile lands fed the Pharoahs, but a new report throws into doubt whether it can feed today’s 85 million strong population. It is no secret to Professor Mohamed Kassas that desertification is one of Egypt’s greatest environmental threats. But the United Nations recently removed all doubt on World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought […]

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RECIPE: Syrian Tomato Salad

Hot weather meals call for lots of cool salads. Here’s an easy and attractive one featuring summer’s tomatoes. Sometimes all I want for lunch is about six kinds of salad. I can get my protein from one like our  luscious quinoa salad, fill up on a satisfying potato/fava bean salad, go on the sweet side […]

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