November 25, 2017

Almost Afghan! Roasted Salmon With Dill and Cilantro

Landlocked Afghanistan may not have salmon on top of its national cuisine, but improvisation in recipes can give the fish a unique Afghan flavor. Read More »

A Culinary Tour of Eid Dishes Across Middle East

Muslims mark Eid al-Adha celebrations with a feast. Thalia Rahme brings us some traditional and not so traditional recipes prepared by Muslims across the Middle East on that day. Read More »

Nepal’s Mystical Dolpa in the Mist

Dolpa is one of the last two among Nepal’s 75 districts that doesn’t yet have a road connection and seeks to protect its pristine remoteness. Along with its rugged tree-less terrain, Dolpa’s jewel is Phoksundo Lake, a lapis lazuli-colored body of water, it is Nepal’s deepest and second-largest lake. Read More »

New Hercules Film is Bringing Back the Muscle

Hercules is once again back on our screens. This latest version has Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson in the title role, alongside an international cast which includes a host of British stars. John Hurt is Cotys, king of Thrace, who hires the services of Hercules and his band of mercenaries, notably Ian McShane’s Amphiaraus and Rufus Sewell’s Autolycus. As with any re-working of Greek myth, there are ... Read More »

Turkish Sherbet: Sugar, Spice and All Things Nice!

Since the beginning of the 20th century Ottoman Turks have been celebrating with sherbet. Made with flower petals, herbs and spices mixed with fruit, sherbet was known to be the drink of not just the Sultan, but also a drink enjoyed by the people Read More »

Remembering Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou was one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou was a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. Read More »

Kosovo’s Ottoman City Frozen in Time

There are some cities in other countries that somehow seem so familiar that you almost feel like you are at home; it is the language you hear, the many familiar words you catch here and there on shop and street signs, and a song which you can easily sing along to. Sometimes the streets, the buildings and maybe the faces ... Read More »

Inside the Pashtun Mindset

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani Pashtun teenage women education campaigner, continues to receive honors since being attacked by the Taliban in her hometown of Swat last year. This week, Britain’s prominent contemporary portraitist Jonathan Yeo unveiled a portrait of Malala at Britain’s National Portrait Gallery. Days before that she opened a 188 million pound library in Birmingham, a city where she ... Read More »

Scientists Oppose Canada’s ‘War on Science’

Seven of Canada’s most prized scientific libraries are being shut down and some of their contents have already been burned, thrown away or carted off by fossil fuel consultancy firms. This development is part of a Harper administration plan to slash more than $160 million in the coming years from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, or DFO — an agency charged ... Read More »

Becoming Mohammad Yousuf

Believe it or not, societal prejudice against Dalits was a significant factor behind the decision of former Pakistani cricket star Yousuf Youhana to convert from Christianity to Islam and adopt the name of Mohammad Yousuf, so writes former diplomat Shaharyar M Khan in his book, Cricket Cauldron: The turbulent politics of sport in Pakistan. Khan was the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, between ... Read More »