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Syrian Thyme: A Daily Bread Companion

By: Ibrahim Al Alou   I made this Syrian thyme mix.   What is Syrian thyme? It is a mix of thyme (Thymus vulgaris or Thymus syriacus) in Arabic (alzaater) with other ingredients that are made in semi-powdered form and consumed with pita bread and olive oil at breakfast or it …

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The Syrian Herbal Tea (Zouhorat Shameea)

By: Ibrahim Al Alou   A Syrian herbal tea blend(zouhorat shameea).زهورات شامية , In a world so stressed with caffeine consumption it is no wonder that many people turn back to local cultures for a relief. Natural plants blends had proven traits that had been passed through generations. In today’s story …

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The Role of Translation in the New World

By Ibrahim Alou Written and spoken languages are traits of human beings and that what makes us unique among all creatures on planet earth. In the animal kingdom different species developed different means to communicate with each other For example bees communicate through dance and convey messages through that practice. …

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The Clinic’s Neighbours

Part 2 By: Dr. Abdul-Salam Ojeili Translated by: Ibrahim Alalou My other neighbor did not come threatening but apologizing. He said he said something and attributed it to me while I had nothing to do with it. My neighbor owns a shop close to the clinic where he sells fresh …

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Yerba Mate: The Un-Tea

By: Ibrahim AL Alou*   What do say about a drink that has the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea and the euphoria of chocolate all combined in one drink? Seems strange a bit but there is such a drink that delivers all these benefits at once. It …

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The Oldest Olive Trees

By: Ibrahim AL Alou*   The sisters of Noah, Lebanon. They witnessed the rise and fall of civilizations, stood against plagues and epidemics, greeted the sun rising and setting down over thousands of days, yet stood defiant in glory and glamour. These are the oldest olive trees alive bearing their soulful …

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The Syrian Truffles

By: Ibrahim AL Alou*   I took this picture yesterday at the market showing fresh raw Syrian truffles. Truffles are rare. Since they are wild and could not be commercially cultivated people pick them with passion and eventually demand premium prices. The French gourmet Jean Anthelme Briallat-Savarin called it “The …

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This Amazing Tree That Shows How Languages Are Connected

Did you know that most of the different languages we speak today can actually be placed in only a couple of groups by their origin? This is what illustrator Minna Sundberg has captured in an elegant infographic of a linguistic tree which reveals some fascinating links between different tongues. Using the research …

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Palestine Circus Festival’s “United for Freedom” Opens in Ramallah

The second edition of the Palestine Circus Festival, entitled “United for Freedom”, opened in Ramallah on Thursday, with the participation of about 200 local and international artists, according to press release. Palestinian officials, a representative of the European Union, representatives of international and local cultural and artistic organizations, municipalities and …

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Mosul reconstruction may revive Unesco fortunes

The United Nations’ cultural agency wants to use the reconstruction of Iraq’s second city Mosul as a way to restore its credibility and show how a fraying multilateral order can be revived, its director general said on Monday. Officially entitled the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, Paris-based Unesco …

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Chinese officials burn bibles, close churches, force Christian to denounce faith amid ‘escalating’ crackdown

The Chinese government is destroying cross, burning bibles, closing churches and forcing Christian believers to sign papers renouncing their faith as the crackdown on religious congregations in Beijing and several provinces intensifies. The suppression of religious freedoms comes as an official government campaign to “Sinicize” religion by demanding loyalty to …

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Inside Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Dubai

Robert Ripley’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has entertained families with its stranger-than-fiction exhibits since 1918, celebrating 100 years of the weird and wonderful this year. For the first time, the popular American franchise has made a visit to Dubai. Featuring more than 75 exhibits, Ripley’s travelling show is scattered …

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10 Inspirational Arab Proverbs

Proverbs are a special way to gain insight into one’s culture. Proverbs, through the power of anecdotal messages and meanings, allow for various cultures and societies to share a common idea, While they showcase a universal cultural message, they also highlight the unique nature of various cultures and societies. Proverbs are …

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