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Qatar Mall Owner Faces Arrest for Deadly Fire

Authorities have issued arrest orders following Monday’s fire that engulfed Doha’s Villaggio Mall, killing 19 people. The owner of the mall and a handful of officials accused of failing to properly respond to the emergency face arrest, and the owner of the daycare facility where 13 children, including two-year old triplets from New Zealand and […]

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Hijab Ban Lifted for Women in Sport – Hats off to Prince Ali of Jordan

Prince Ali of Jordan believes that Muslim women shouldn’t be disqualified from world-class sports because they wear the hijab, the traditional Islamic head covering. This youngest vice-president of the world football’s governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is a vocal supporter in the campaign against the hijab ban. In 2007, FIFA, banned players from wearing […]

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Energy Drinks and 5 Really Good Reasons to Avoid Them

Energy drinks have come under renewed scrutiny in Dubai, but the Dubai Central Laboratory (DCL) responsible for ensuring their quality and safety has said that they do comply with UAE specifications according to a recent report in Khaleej Times. Last year the UAE banned the sale of drinks like Red Bull, Monster and Rockstar to […]

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Shisha: Don’t Read This If You Love Smoking It

This guy may look kind of sexy with his pipe, but the BBC unveils just how toxic smoking shisha really is. It’s always been a source of curiosity to me that even my health-conscious friends in the Middle East rarely pass up an opportunity to suck on a shisha pipe – as though that seductive […]

Sexual Smoking Images in Jordan to Stop Smokers

Translated from a poster in Jordan: “Smoking for a long period of time affects marital relations.” I’m not “blowing smoke” when I rave about Amman. No need, because Amman generates enough smoke on its own. This city rivals onions in making eyes water. Blame diesel fuel. Trucks, cars, buses blast chewy plumes of black exhaust. […]

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5 Things to Avoid to Keep Your Complexion Beautiful

When professional photographer Alex Tricani sent this image, I couldn’t get past the giant red craters on my face.  I’ve always been incredibly lazy about beauty. This isn’t because I don’t dream of being an illustrious goddess who rides into the sunset with an equally exotic suitor, but because tending to my mind and soul […]

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Breastfeeding Goes Against Big Pharma Vaccines

Is a two year old study pitting the natural immune benefits of mothers’ milk against the machine of big pharma? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States published a abstract in 2010 that is now alarming some environmental activists around the globe. Naturalnews.com took a strong stance against the recommendations – […]

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Vimto’s Moldy Soft Drink Recalled in Dubai

Dubai Municipality seizes thousands of Vimto soft drink bottles infested with floating fungi. Vimto is the Middle East’s favorite soft drink. It’s especially appreciated as an instant energy boost after the daily fast during Ramadan month. We’re well aware that juice and sugary soft drinks increase risk of liver damage. To compound the soft-drink danger in […]

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Green Prophet’s 11 Eco Heroes of 2011

Our VIP list of 11 environment heroes for the Middle East 2011. If you don’t know these people already, now is the time to start. Top heroes are from Israel, Turkey and Iraq. The year 2011 has been a year like no other in the Middle East. We’ve seen protests against corruption, people have taken […]

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PIP Breast Implant Warnings Hit Middle East

Defunct French company PIP has sold leaky, industry grade silicon implants now being recalled. image via Globalpost Thousands of faulty breast implants have been recalled by the French government for fears of leaks that could lead to cancer. A call to women has been issued in the Middle East to women from Israel all the […]

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Smoking Linked to Skin Cancer in Women

Rates of skin cancer in Israel are some of the highest in the world, though the rest of the MENA region has significantly lower incidence, according to the World Health Organization. Conventional thinking suggests that the best way to avoid skin cancer is to use sunscreen, particularly one made from organic materials. New research, however, […]

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Pollution: What Autism, ADD, and Dyslexia Have in Common

 There are many different kinds of pollution and many ways in which they are hijacking our children’s future. Children exposed to pollution are more likely to develop autism, attention deficit disorder, and dyslexia, according to Haaretz. These findings were unveiled by both scientists at a recent conference in Israel, and those are only the dangers […]

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Baked doughnut sufganyot for healthier Hannukahs

Yearning for a doughnut or sufganyah, but horrified at all that oil? Try this tasty and healthier baked alternative. While the menorah sheds its festive light, the Jewish family gathers at the table, noshing on traditional foods like sufganyot. You know sufganyot.  Those brown disks of tender dough with hearts of jam and coats of […]

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World’s First Turkish Womb Transplant Is A Success

“If God allows, we will hold our baby in our arms”. 21-year-old Derya Sert (right) and her doctor Omer Ozkan pose for a photograph before her medical operation Derya Sert is the 21 year old who had the world’s first successful womb transplant at a Turkish hospital. On August 9th, 2011, doctors at Akdeniz University […]