Tag archives for Middle East - Page 31
Instant coffee is a far under-appreciated treat and only receives scorn from Americans. Prepared correctly, it is a refreshing and yes, a sustainable option.
Before the term “Sustainability” was coined by the United Nations in 1988, SustainAbility, based in Washington DC, worked on issues including green consumerism and human rights. A quarter-century later its professionals are among sustainability and CSR thought leaders.
I always enjoy Fenton’s CSR discussions on Twitter. Tomorrow’s (Wednesday 5/18) theme, however, should be especially compelling: Human Rights and Corporate Sustainability.
Cultural and ethnic crossroads and meeting place par excellence, the çarshija is also the place for finding some of the deepest roots of the Balkan musical heritage. OBC’s inquiry
Armenia’s civil rights record isn’t exactly unblemished, but to thousands of Iranians eager to hear pop singers banned in Iran, the conservative South Caucasus country still ranks as a land of liberty.
March 11 was the day anti-government activists in Azerbaijan set as a day of protest in a campaign that has been publicized online. The protests were planned despite the Azerbaijani government new anti-corruption campaign, launched in January in what seems to be Baku's most visible reaction to the revolutions sweeping the Arab world. From OBC.
Can parallels be drawn between the extraordinary events involving many Arab countries and what happened in Eastern Europe in 1989? The question is open for debate, but is certainly a chance for (re)thinking the common Mediterranean space. A comment from OBC
Gaddafi’s bloody hold on power makes Hosni Mubarak look like Michael Scott on The Office. Much of his country has already fallen into rebel hands, but his thugs, some loyal, many hired, are determined to bathe Tripoli in the blood of innocent lives before that man steps down after a hideous 40 year rule over a proud nation.
Where will Hosni Mubarak end up? Will he set up camp in another Arab nation? Live in a ritzy European city? Move to a penthouse in New York or Beverly Hills villa? Or will he live and die somewhere in Egypt, which is his wish? Or Montenegro?
The best Mubarak jokes were on Twitter as Egyptians, and the world, waited for his meandering speech that took forever to get to the (pointless) point, thanks to the delicious hash tag, #ReasonsMubarakIsLate
Whatever happens in Egypt, one aspect of Egyptian culture will never change: the people’s humor. Evidence of scribes mocking pharaohs dates back to 2600 BC, and over millennia, outsiders have noted Egyptians’ penchant for deadpan remarks, witty jokes, and finding hilarity in the shortcomings of their leaders.
Last week while flying to New York, I read Elif Shafak's The Bastard of Istanbul. The day before, I was caught up in something that I never had done: comment extensively on a piece that Triple Pundit, for which I contribute several times a week, on a new "trend," eco-sexism. You wonder: what is the connection?