Existential debate in US food industry startups: What is meat?

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Can a hamburger or steak be labeled "meat" if it is plant-based? That question has sparked a debate about US food labels as key US cattle industry players have sought to crack down on marketing of proteins made from soy and other plant-based substances. Jessica Almy, policy director of the non-profit Good Food Institute, which promotes meat-alternatives, said labels must state clearly if a product is made from soy or another plant, but they usually make sense in context. ...

Why Pakistan founder Jinnah’s portrait sparked violence at India’s Muslim university

Monday, 7 May 2018

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), one of India’s central universities and a religious minority institution, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently.On 2nd May, a group of right-wing Hindu organizations entered into its campus – accompanied by a few local policemen – and raised slogans against Mohammed Ali Jinnah – the founder of Pakistan.They were demanding the removal of Jinnah’s portrait at the Students’ Union Hall within 48 hours. They also ...

Trump tweets under spotlight during 9/11 pre-trial hearings on Gitmo

Monday, 7 May 2018

The latest pre-trial hearing for the five men accused of planning 9/11 came to a close this Friday, with defense attorneys putting special focus on the ways in which US government continues to delay the progression of the trial.Pre-trial arguments have been going on for over six years; and each of the accused has been in American custody for more than 15 years.In the midst of several dense legal motions and hours of detailed litigation, a somewhat unexpected issue came to the forefront of the ...

ANALYSIS: How will the looming war between Israel and Iran play out?

Sunday, 6 May 2018

A fully-fledged war between Israel and Iran is no longer a question of if, but when. The confrontation has already begun with Israeli aircraft recently bombing a Syrian air base, which killed a number of Iranian military personnel, an act of defiance against Tehran. There have been two rounds so far in this direct confrontation. The first took place on February 10, when Iran sent a drone over Israeli-controlled airspace and was downed. The second was when Israeli aircraft raided the T-4 base in ...

Graves of the past: How Iran’s dark times continue to hunt its rulers

Friday, 4 May 2018

Amnesty International (AI) on Monday released a new investigative report into wiping out of signs of mass graves of political prisoners who were executed in Iran in 1988. “Today, it is still not known exactly how many prisoners were extra-judicially executed in 1988, although minimum estimates are between 4,000 and 5, 000,” AI report said. “International rights groups estimate as many as 5,000 people were executed, while the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq puts the number at 30,000,” ...

WATCH: Chinese, Saudi archeologists unearth cultural relics in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

A Chinese-Saudi Arabian joint archaeological team discovered more than 100 ancient tombs and dozens of cultural relics in al-Serrian, a long abandoned Saudi Arabian port in Jeddah on the Red Sea. China sent five archeologists to Saudi Arabia on March 26 to embark on a 20-day mission of excavating the ruins of al-Serrian together with 10 Saudi archeologists. ALSO: 85,000-year-old fossil finger bone found in Saudi Arabia The group deployed the latest technology in their search such as drones, ...

15 years after Saddam's fall, Iraqi hopes fade

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Fifteen years ago, Abu Ali was thrilled to see American soldiers enter Baghdad. "The tyrant is finished," he remembers saying, imagining a bright future for Iraq without Saddam Hussein. But the years that followed have brought only misery, he said, looking at photos of three of his sons killed in attacks in the ensuing chaos. After the US-led invasion of 2003, Iraq, freed from nearly a quarter century of dictatorship, descended into violence. Sectarian clashes and jihadist attacks ...

When a family lit candles to mourn son on his 14th birthday in Gaza

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Monday should have been Hussein Madi’s 14th birthday. Instead, his family sat mourning him in a tent in Gaza.The boy was shot dead three days earlier by Israeli troops, his relatives say, the youngest of 30 Palestinians killed in an ongoing protest at the border with Israel.His mother Eman cried as she greeted friends, relatives and neighbors outside the family’s home.“He asked me to buy him a T-Shirt and trousers, and take him for lunch, just me and him,” Eman said. ...

Salwa Canal, a Saudi tourism project that means more isolation for Qatar

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The Salwa border, which links Saudi Arabia with Qatar, may give way to allow Saudi Arabia to develop a whole new area on the Western coast of the Arabian Gulf. This, however, depends on the approval of a preliminary study to drill a canal which would mean an increase in the economic isolation of Qatar. According to reports in the Saudi media, drilling of the canal would be done by a Saudi investment alliance which includes nine companies. It is expected to be completed within 12 months. The ...

ANALYSIS: Funding Hezbollah terror, paid for by depriving struggling citizens

Sunday, 8 April 2018

With the Iranian people taking part in widespread demonstrations throughout the country, many of their grievances have been focused on the immense cost of foreign wars to the Iranian economy. Much of the cost stems from a vast amount of funds being channelled into the coffers of both Hezbollah and Bashar al-Assad’s war machine. This cash is blown on funding the formers proxy war effort in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, as well as paying for its war against Israel, and the upkeep of its ...

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