Iraqi Stuffed Grape Leaves RECIPE

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In the Middle East, recipes for stuffed vegetables and leaves evolved from a simple, thrifty way with meat to a culinary passion. Careful housewives have long known that a little ground meat goes a long way when artfully seasoned and combined with rice. But it took imagination and care to develop the recipes of stuffed […]

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“Seeding” Clouds Produces 20% More Rain in the Middle East

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Water scarcity is not a new dilemma in the Middle East, but as populations grow, desertification spreads and temperatures creep higher, leaders in the region are understandably concerned for the future. Poorer countries like Yemen or the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan are particularly vulnerable, while oil-rich nations can at least use their wealth to explore new […]

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CEBC Maps 150 Clean Energy Projects in North Africa and the Middle East

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If knowledge generates power, then the Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC) based in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City intends to make the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) invincible with a new map of every known renewable energy plant in the region. Similar to the list of active environmental organizations in Palestine shared earlier this week, this […]

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Cement Returns to Its Sustainable Roots

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Chemists bring one of the oldest materials in building history back to its green roots.  Cement is one of the oldest building materials cooked up by humans, but it’s so misunderstood. It’s not what paves your cement sidewalk, that’s concrete.  And it’s not concrete, although cement is a main ingredient. Modern advances in production and […]

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Mutant Fukushima Butterflies Should Discourage Middle East Nuclear

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Researchers who collected and studied 100 pale grass blue butterflies from the Fukushima prefecture following last year’s nuclear meltdown have discovered serious mutations resulting from exposure to radiation. The butterflies, which were collected two months after the March, 2011 earthquake and tsunami caused the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, had abnormalities in their legs, antennae and […]

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Holy Chick Pea! Jordan Bursts Falafel World Record

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Last Saturday, ten chefs from Jordan cooked up the world’s largest falafel.   Jordan joined the Guinness Book of World Records this week for the world’s biggest falafel. The super culinary feat was witnessed by a Guinness official who confirmed the falafel as “the world’s largest”. Fame was fleeting for the phenomenal falafel, weighing in […]

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Mohammed Kanoo Shows How Arab Culture Is Never Black and White

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Mohammed Kanoo’s portraits aim to tease out our biases about the Middle East. Above is US President Barack Obama.  In his solo exhibition Fun with Fen (fen is Arabic for “art”) currently on display at Dubai’s Meem Gallery, the Bahraini artist Mohammed Kanoo depicts international celebrities dressed in traditional Arab costume. Kanoo’s digitally enhanced photographs are […]

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A Dustier Planet, Your Dustier Lungs

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Earth’s dust storms and sand storms are becoming more frequent. How does that affect your health? Here in the Middle East, powerful hot winds sometimes drop fine yellowish sand  down from the sky, coating the skin and lips irritatingly and making it hard to see across the street. It’s the lashing tail of giant storms […]

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