Muslims Debating Harassment, Standing Up for Women’s Rights via Harassmap.com

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Conservative Muslim bloggers and women’s rights activists bring harassers and inadequate legal and cultural protection to task, with women leading the charge. Women’s rights are a key environmental issue, a topic we’ve covered in recent articles about the need for a language revolution and the Arab Spring of women.  Women in the MENA region are […]

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The Rising Voices of Arab Women – From Social Activism to Eco-Feminism

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Defiant women, some “worth 100 men” are reshaping the Arab world in grassroots activism. While news of a minority of Muslim women in burkas continues to spread islamophobia in the West, a growing number of Arab women (veiled or otherwise) are shedding their typical conservative image and gaining more visibility in the pro-democracy protests around […]

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Al Ain Jungle School: Other UAE Institutes Are “Green” With Envy

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The success of greening Al Ain’s Liwa International school could have great environmental ramifications for other schools in the region. This could be a function of media coverage, of fossil fuel wealth, or of a high percentage of expatriates living there, but the UAE appears to be leading the Arab world’s environmental revolution. Dubai largesse […]

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Recipe: Eggplant With Tahini/Labneh Sauce

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Grilled and drizzled with multiple Middle-Eastern flavors, this vegetarian eggplant dish gets raves every time. Eggplant is the poor man’s meat. There must be a hundred Middle-Eastern recipes featuring the purple vegetable, like the surprising eggplant soup and the ever-popular baba ganoush. I first ate eggplant with tahini and labneh in a tiny Jerusalem restaurant, […]

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Middle East Destination Tops Ethical Tourism Sales

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ResponsibleTravel.com customers on holiday in Egypt. Feluccas and Pharoahs, a popular trip. British ethical tourism pioneers ResponsibleTravel.com has celebrated its tenth birthday by announcing its biggest ten sellers over the last decade – and Middle Eastern destinations top the list. Responsible Travel offers hundreds of holidays across the world and its birthday announcement also included […]

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How Do Tree-Humpers Prevent Pregnancy?

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From the rhythm method to condoms, choosing the right eco-conscious contraception choice is trickier than planning how many children to have. Making love can be a low-impact, eco-friendly form of pleasure that generates warmth and joy without taxing our environment, as long as couples are careful to mitigate the impact of unwanted pregnancies. There are […]

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The Middle East Needs More Sluts

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SlutWalk Toronto took just six weeks to organize, and now a dozen protests are planned worldwide. Is the Middle East next on the slut map? Without exception, every major human rights organization, from Amnesty International, the World Health Organization, and World Pulse to the Association for Women’s Rights in Development point to the clear connection […]

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Egyptian Women Forced to Take ‘Virginity Tests’ During Protests, Amnesty International

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Unstable and unsustainable societies threaten our health, and that of the environment. The latest: virginity tests in Egypt. Despite their massive involvement in the protests and overthrow of their government, Egyptian women are being denied a voice in the formation of a new government, World Pulse and other watchdog organizations report. Amnesty International has called […]

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With Three Raging Reactor Meltdowns at Fukushima, What’s Positive About Nuclear Power?

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Destroyed reactor: Dead Zone for 100 years? Three of Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear reactors may now be  in a meltdown situation according to nuclear energy experts studying the ongoing situation and the amount of radiation in reactor core water leaking into the sea. What’s worse, workers at the plant who have been exposed to high […]

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Sharjah Students Win Prestigious Award For Making Renewable Energy From Noise

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These four gentlemen are developing piezoelectric technology that harvests power from noise. While some researchers wrack their brain over how to make solar energy more affordable, or to extract energy from a ruthless ocean, four students from the American University of Sharjah are testing a more benign kind of renewable energy. They have developed a […]

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Ayala Moriel’s Green, Natural Perfumes Inspired by the Holy Land

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Ayala Moriel Parums is a world-renowned boutique purveyor of sensual and inspiring natural perfumes, “crafted with passion and integrity,” that rise above the standard read-to-wear fragrances. The concept of wearing au natural scents is gaining traction among consumers around the world, and locally in the Middle East, a region rich in botanicals and natural essences. […]

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