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Author Archives: Ani Karapetyan

Palestinian Cuisine Pops Up Inside a Wicker Park Pub

SOURCE: CHICAGO.EATER.COM BY: NAOMI WAXMAN A new Palestinian-influenced pop-up restaurant from a trio of Chicago service industry members debuts for dine-in and takeout Wednesday inside a Wicker Park bar. Yamma, an affectionate phrase for “my mother” in Arabic, offers “health-conscious, flavorful, allergen-sensitive Mediterranean food” though the lens of Ruba Hassan’s desire to highlight her family’s culinary … Continued

Zulal Offers Ancient Methods in a Contemporary Setting

SOURCE: HOTEL BUSINESS BY: ABBY ELYSSA Set to open this year in Qatar, Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som was founded on a holistic approach to sustainable well-being. Managed and operated by Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Zulal’s mission is rooted in Chiva-Som’s wellness philosophy of balancing the mind, body and spirit. The resort will also introduce … Continued

The Big Question Posed by HRW’s Report

SOURCE: THE JORDAN TIMES BY: JAMES J. ZOGBY While reading Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) monumental report “A Threshold Crossed”, I felt a range of emotions. It also left me with one big question. I was deeply impressed by the report’s rigorous scholarship. At the same time, it brought to the surface feelings of anger and … Continued

Travelling Yemen’s Land of Fortress-Villages

By: Habeeb Salloum/Arab America Contributing Writer “Now we will be travelling in the real Yemen.”  Our driver, Ahmad, was ecstatic when I informed him that we would be travelling from Hodeidah through the Harraz mountains to Sana’a, the country’s capital – 256 km (159 MI) miles away.  After a day in the hot Yemeni Tiham … Continued

Sesame – A Near Perfect Food

By: Habeeb Salloum/Arab America Contributing Writer ‘Open Sesame’, the magical Arabian Nights phrase which supposedly opens doors to untold riches, is well-known in the literature of the West.  Nevertheless, there are not many who relate this saying from Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves to sesame seeds – one of the oldest foods known to … Continued

Alephia 2053: Animated Thriller Strikes a Chord in Arab World

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA Storyline set in 2053 in the fictional Arab state of Alephia follows a group of undercover agents plotting to take down hereditary ruler. The film’s creator says it is not inspired by any single Arab country but depicts conditions familiar to many across the world [Joseph Eid/AFP] 29 Apr 2021 Alephia 2053, an Arabic-language animated feature … Continued

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