Sharing inspirational, informational, ideas, articles, videos, snippets on various issues.
A first glance the Middle East is in the middle of a start-up boom.
Investment is soaring, but much of it is focused on just two companies – and one country. There’s work to be done to catch up with the global leaders, but the good news is, there’s plenty of potential for expansion.
النتائج المثيرة التي أصدار بيرسون- مارستيلر في استطلاع رأي الشباب العربي2017:
1. انقسام الشباب العربي جغرافياً في نظرتهم للمستقبل… التفاؤل والتشاؤم تحدده المنطقة التي يعيشون فيها
2. الشباب العربي يطالبون بلدانهم بالمزيد من الاهتمام والعديد منهم يشعر بأنهم لا يشكلون أولوية في سياسات حكوماتهم
3. الشباب العربي يرى بأن البطالة والتطرف، من أكبر العقبات التي تعيق مسيرة التقدم في منطقة الشرق الأوسط
4. غالبية الشباب العربي يعتقدون بأن نظام التعليم الحالي لا يؤهلهم لشغل وظائف المستقبل
5. الشباب العربي يرى بأن «داعش» أصبح أضعف خلال العام الماضي
6. تواصل ريادة الإمارات عند الشباب العربي كأفضل وجهة للعيش ونموذج عالمي ناجح يتمنون أن تحتذي بلدانهم حذوها
7. الشباب العربي يعتبرون ترامب معادٍ للمسلمين وينظرون إلى عهده بشئ من القلق والغضب والتخوف
8. تنامي العداء تجاه الولايات المتحدة والشباب العربي يعتبرون روسيا، وليس الولايات المتحدة، الحليف الدولي الأكبر للمنطقة
9. رغم اعتزازهم بلغتهم الأم، إلا أن غالبية الشباب العربي يقولون بأنهم يستخدمون اللغة الإنجليزية أكثر من العربية في حياتهم اليومية
10. فيسبوك” المصدر الأول للأخبار اليومية عند الشباب العربي”
Interesting findings by ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller in their annual Arab Youth Survey 2017:
1. Optimism among young Arabs is waning, with a clear split by geography into “haves” and “have nots”
2. Young Arabs want their countries to do more for them and many feel overlooked by policymakers
3. Young Arabs view unemployment and extremism as the biggest problems holding the Middle East back
4. Many young Arabs say their education system falls short of preparing students for jobs of the future
5. Young Arabs say Daesh has become weaker over the past year
6. The UAE sprints ahead of the pack as the country in which most young Arabs would like to live and want their countries to emulate
7. Young Arabs say Donald Trump is anti-Muslim and express concern, anger, and fear about his presidency
8. Anti-American views are on the rise and now Russia – not the US – is seen as the region’s top international ally
9. Despite their pride in the Arabic language, most young Arabs say they are using English more in their daily lives
10. Among young Arabs, Facebook is the number one medium for daily news
The Arab World diet, a sub-type of the Mediterranean diet, has many positive influences on health, including cognition, brain function, and overall mortality. It can reduce risks for heart diseases, cancer, and developments of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Since most foods are prepared with small quantities of olive oil, rather than fat-rich butter, the cuisine is generally more heart-friendly and a healthier alternative to other global foods. Here are some of the healthiest ingredients found in the Arab World diet.
Originally cultivated in the Middle East, chickpeas, which are also known as Garbanzo beans, are a versatile legume that can be eaten hot or cold. It is also used as a main ingredient in the traditional Arab meze dish hummus (mashed chickpeas blended with olive oil, tahini, salt, garlic and lemon juice).
- High fiber content that regulates digestive tract
- High protein content that strengthens bone, skin, blood, and muscle health (a wonderful replacement of protein for vegetarians!)
- Strong source of iron relieves anemia and iron deficiencies
- Balances blood-sugar levels that reduce heart diseases (recommended for diabetics!)
- Gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free, which reduces the overall risk for allergy and reactions
- Antioxidants contained, such as Isoflavones, help lower cholesterol
This ancient Middle Eastern kind of wheat is harvested when young and green, followed by a roasting process of the power-packed grain. It also can be consumed cracked or whole. It can be used as a form of grain super-food in dishes, such as pilaf, salads, vegetarian dishes, and even breakfast.
- More protein and twice the fiber as Quinoa, which can keep you feeling full for much longer
- Rich in lutein, which is important for eye health, especially against age-related macular degeneration
- Low on the Glycemic Index (GI = 43), making it a great choice for diabetics
- High iron, calcium, and zinc
- Acts as a prebiotic, which promotes good bacteria in your digestive system
- Beneficial for preventing constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
This is a unique spice blend from the Arab World, which includes a combination of dried oregano, thyme, sumac, salt, and sesame seeds. It is widely used as a paste with olive oil to spread over flatbread. This is called manakish or mankousheh in various regions. Za’atar can also be added as savory kick when sprinkled over with chicken, salads and other dishes.
- Rich mineral content that can boost circulation, brain power, and stimulate neural activity in the brain
- Sumac is rich in Gallic acid which serves as anti-fungal and anti-viral
- Thyme clears respiratory tracts with immune-boosting abilities that can help fight off illnesses
- Anti-inflammatory effects, which help soothe arthritis, gout, and other inflammatory conditions
- High concentration of Polyphenols and Flavonoids powerfully boost energy and can keep metabolism moving
- Improves appearance of skin, speeds up wound healing, and even reduces age spots and blemishes, thanks to the mix of antioxidants
4. Tahini Sauce
This is a traditional Arab dense paste made from toasted, crushed sesame seeds mixed with garlic, lemon juice, and water. Tahini can be served as a dip on its own or used as a major component in other Arab dishes such as hummus, halva, and baba ghanoush. Tahini sauce paired with chopped parsley is also a popular sauce for fish.
- A source of healthy fatty acids, including omega-3 and 6 fatty acids. They are extremely beneficial for the brain and heart, as our body does not naturally produce these fatty acids
- Phosphorus mineral that strengthens teeth and bones
- Thiamin, also known as Vitamin B-1, positively impacts the nervous system, muscles, and digestion
- Also high in Vitamin E, Vitamin B2, B3, B5 and B15
- Great source of Methionine, which helps with liver detoxification
- High Alkaline mineral content which aids weight loss
Widely cultivated in the Arab World, this high-protein legume plant has flattened, edible seeds that are cooked and eaten. Lentils are used in Arab dishes such as mujaddara (lentils, rice or cracked wheat, and onions) and shorba (Arab lentil soup).
- Selenium, a mineral found in lentils that are not present in other foods, prevents inflammation, decreases growth of tumors, and improves overall response to infections by stimulating killer T-cells production
- Great source of iron to beat deficiency (Lentils contain 1/3 of your daily iron needs in 1 cup)
- Rich in magnesium, which improves the flow of nutrients, blood, and oxygen throughout our body
- High levels of soluble fiber, which keeps arteries clean, lowers cholesterol, and reduces risks of stroke and heart diseases
- Contains folate, also known as folic acid or Vitamin B-9, which supports nervous system, improves energy metabolism, and is required for the process of synthesis of RNA, DNA, and red blood cells
- Lentils are a better protein choice than beef, fish, and poultry (all of which have increased amounts of saturated fats and cholesterol)
Grown in the Middle East for several millennia, this shrub produces the large ruby red fruit with a tough rind that contains numerous juicy, delicious nutrient-packed red seeds. Arab cuisine favors this fruit and its molasses, which can be used as a secret element in many plates and topped on salads, soups, rice, fish, and more. It can also be made into a healthy juice.
- One of the few foods that contain aromatase inhibitors. This means that they inhibit the production of estrogen, which can reduce the risk of breast cancer.
- Phytochemicals in the fruit can lower blood pressure and reduce LDL oxidation
- It contains anti-angiogenic properties, which may prevent growing tumors from acquiring blood supply and growing larger
- Punicalagins are powerful antioxidants acting as food in the juice and have three times the antioxidant activity of green tea
- Pomegranate extract can slow down cancer cell reproduction and may even induce apoptosis (cell death) in present cancer cells
- Pomegranate juice daily can significantly improve visual and verbal memory
These are large, purple-skinned vegetables that are white on the inside. They can also come in other shapes and colors, such as green and white. In Arab countries, over 150 dishes are made using eggplant. Some popular ones include baba bhanoush (eggplant with tahini), badhinjan mishwi bil furn (baked eggplant), salad, and eggplant stuffed with herbs, rice, and ground meat. Eggplant also makes excellent side dishes.
- It contains significant amounts of chlorogenic acid, one of the most powerful free radicals found in plants
- Decreases LDL levels, and serves as an anti-microbial and anti-carcinogenic agent
- Polyphenols in the vegetable promote anti-cancer effects
- Daily consumption of eggplants can prevent blood clots and strengthen capillaries due to the Vitamin K and bioflavonoids
- Low in calories (35 calories in 1 cup) and contains no fat
- Large quantities of minerals such as calcium, potassium, phosphorous, and magnesium that help prevent health conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, and heart problems.
- Dietary fiber protects against colon cancer and makes the stomach feel full more quickly
A leafy plant from the Corchorus species, molokhia is commonly utilized in Arab cuisine. It is extremely versatile and used in salads, soups, garnishes, curries, and other agents. With more than 30 vitamins and minerals in molokhia, it is a significant positive contribution to human health.
- Rich in potassium content that can lower blood pressure levels
- Contains high iron levels, which reduce anemia and boost energy levels due to ensured circulation
- Magnesium content helps eliminate sleep disorders, such as insomnia or sleep apnea, since magnesium releases particular hormones that soothe the nerves, and is known to produce restful, uninterrupted sleep patterns
- Rich with vitamins A, E, and C help strengthen overall immune system
- Has iodine and selenium that work to prevent various skin disorders and regeneration
- Contains beta-carotene, which fights against oxidative stress and other health conditions
Source: http://www.arabamerica.com/8-secret-superfoods-arab-world, by Yusra Al Shawwa
On International Women’s Day, Arwa Haider celebrates new musicians who are continuing a tradition of outspoken female singers in Arabic music.
By Arwa Haider
When a Saudi Arabian music video recently went viral, depicting niqab-clad female singers throwing shapes and chanting lines such as “may men disappear”, the colourful skit was hailed as a challenge to stereotypes. Yet the spotlight barely shifted: the notion of the voiceless Arab female lingers in the mainstream, despite the fact that Saudi does not reflect the Arab world at large. In fact, strong-voiced women have been a lynchpin of Arabic music in its far-ranging forms – from folk songs to commercial pop – across many generations and nations.
Ad by Nike Women
Independent media and does not necessarily represent the view or opinion of this website.
Independent media and does not necessarily represent the view or opinion of this website.
‘Do you know that everyone here thinks you’re a terrorist?’ My classmate asked me after a few weeks of starting grad school. His intentions were pure. He was simply mocking the prevalent bias against Muslims in the West. Still, it hit me like a bullet. As an Arab Muslim woman living in the US, I have to accept questions like ‘What do you think of women oppression in Saudi Arabia?’ and ‘Is it safe in your country?’
UNICEF launches interactive glimpse into Syrian children’s struggle for education
#ImagineaSchool video and photos released as discussions on humanitarian aid for Syria start
The world’s eight richest individuals have as much wealth as the 3.6bn people who make up the poorest half of the world, according to Oxfam.
That is 8 people’s wealth = to the wealth of 3,600,000,000 people!
The charity said its figures, which critics have queried, came from improved data, and the gap between rich and poor was “far greater than feared”.
Oxfam’s report coincides with the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Enabling youth to shape their own future key to progress on development and stability in Arab region
Arab countries can achieve a significant leap forward in development, reinforce stability and secure such gains in a sustainable manner, if they urgently prioritize adopting policies that ensure the well-being, productivity, self-determination and good citizenship of their young population, concludes the Arab Human Development Report (AHDR) 2016: Youth and the Prospects for Human Development in a Changing Reality that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched here today.
By Federica Marsi
When the banks say “no,” micro-finance may be the only way out of poverty and the key to unleashing untapped human capital.
by Hala Fadel
I was moderating a panel last month in Amman at the award ceremony of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab ‘Innovate for Refugees’ competition when MIT professor Admir Masic emotionally said: “Today, the sky is the limit”.
At first, it felt like a rather cliché statement, on further reflection this well-used phrase became one of those ‘aha’ moments for me.
Article by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
New technologies are emerging so rapidly that societies in the Middle East are now having trouble coping with their impact. By affecting everything from the nature of work to what it means to be human, technological changes could prove overwhelming if we do not collaborate to understand and manage them.
Many aid actors, particularly among governments in developing countries, refer to ‘NGOs’ and their role in international aid and development cooperation. But the phrase ‘NGO’ is contested terminology, and for many has been subsumed within a broader category of ‘civil society organizations’ or ‘CSOs’. This study has chosen to use the term ‘CSO’.
The Egyptian-born Nobel-winning scientist Ahmed Zewail has died in the US, aged 70.
Mr Zewail won the Nobel chemistry prize in 1999 for his pioneering work in femtochemistry, the study of chemical reactions in ultra-short time scales.
As per Wikipedia, crowdfunding (a form of crowd sourcing) is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, today often performed via Internet-mediated registries, but the concept can also be executed through mail-order subscriptions, benefit events, and other methods.
Given the bleak news from Palestine that dominates the world’s media, it is hard to imagine a burgeoning entrepreneurial scene. Yet, in a land dissected by checkpoints, road blocks, segregated roads and walls, young men and women are building companies that not only serve our local market, but that are looking to serve regional and global markets.
The Arab world is lagging behind the rest of the world in the digital revolution, a business leader has said, despite its high number of internet users.
The MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab (MITEF Pan Arab), Zain Group, and MBC Hope have announced the launch of a global competition designed to reward tech-driven cutting-edge solutions that address the most acute challenges faced by refugees.
Because Ramadan is the month of giving, charity is highly encouraged. For the occasion, here are six apps you can donate through during Ramadan and anytime afterwards.
Abu Dhabi: The UAE continued to offer humanitarian and development aid in various regions around the world during 2015, with its assistance between 1971 and 2014 adding up to Dh173 billion that has benefited 178 countries.
Statistical data released by the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (Micad) yesterday show that the development and humanitarian and charitable aid provided by the UAE during the past 44 years reached Dh173 billion across 21 sectors.
With Ramadan beginning and many looking to step up their charitable contributions, Qatar Charity (QC) has launched a new way to “promote good.”
Under its Dal Ala Alkheer initiative, social media users can now donate to their favorite charities without spending any money.
Reading the proverbs and sayings of other cultures is an interesting way to gain insight into life that your own culture might not have. Not only that, you can see how much philosophy is shared between cultures, and how common sayings in your culture manifest in others, and vice versa. Arabic culture in particular has a long, rich history, and it shows in their countless proverbs.
Social media use in the Middle East is shifting away from Twitter and Facebook and toward direct-messaging platforms such as Snapchat and WhatsApp amid growing concerns about online privacy, according to a new study.
Nearly 1 in 3 paid a bribe in Middle East and North Africa in past 12 months
New Transparency International report shows MENA governments failing to stop corruption as they suppress citizens’ voices
Nearly one in three citizens who tried to access basic public services in the Middle East and North Africa paid a bribe, a Transparency International report said today, showing that governments across the region have failed to hear their citizens’ voices against corruption.
Arabic, a language that has passed the test of time, remains one of the oldest and most unique languages in the world.
According to Ethnologue, almost 600 million people speak the language. Most native English speakers consider it a language with a foreign alphabet and unrecognizable speech patterns. However, those that take Arabic at BSU know it as a beautiful, flowing language that offers a glimpse into the past.
The number of internet users in the Arab world is expected to rise to about 226 million by 2018, according to the Arab Knowledge Economy report 2015-2016.
The report said the internet penetration rate will jump from about 37.5 percent in 2014 to over 55 percent in 2018, or about 7 percent above the estimated world average of 3.6 billion users.
Stay up to date with our lightweight newsletter!
no catch, no spam, no obligations.