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Why you should follow the Mediterranean ‘diet’ – and how to do it

Leslie Beck, a Toronto-based private-practice dietitian, is director of Food and Nutrition at Medcan. No doubt you’ve heard about the Mediterranean diet. It’s long been reported to be the optimal eating plan for preventing a wide range of diseases including heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. ...

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The ‘new’ Tunisia: in search of Carthage and lesser known Roman ruins

After the attacks of 2015 Tunisia is back in business — but forsake the beach for its heritage, says Nick Redmayne. “Carthago delenda est” — or “Carthage must be destroyed” — was a favourite phrase of Roman orator Cato the Elder. It took until 146BC and an emphatic victory in ...

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The Middle East is still building towards the right start-up culture

Entrepreneurs face the same key issues they did a decade ago Almost eight years ago, I was involved in the development of Wamda, a website commissioned by Abraaj Capital to inspire and connect the region’s burgeoning start-up scene, which was taking root among enthusiastic youngsters in places like Lebanon, Jordan, ...

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The seven-year itch : Tunisia needs help if it is to remain a model for the Arab world

Many Tunisians appear to be losing faith in democracy “BREAD, freedom, dignity.” These were the demands of Tunisian protesters who threw off autocracy and sparked the Arab spring seven years ago this month. Tunisians now have more freedom and some dignity. But bread is scarcer than ever. GDP per person ...

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Why Tunisia Is the One Lasting Success of the Arab Spring

The Iranian political demonstrations now under way have roots in the Arab Spring upheavals that began in December 2010 in North Africa. The starting point was Tunisia, the rare success story of the Arab Spring—despite two major terrorist attacks in 2015 and this week’s protests against austerity, the country has ...

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Tunisia protests: Is there a trade-off between a strong economy and democracy?

Demonstrations have swept Tunisia due to government austerity measures, and the country’s democracy has advanced since its 2011 revolution that ushered in the Arab Spring. But does this transition come at a cost? Protests took place in ten towns across Tunisia Monday after the government enacted a series of price and ...

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Algeria’s Sapped Tourism Potential

Battered by a sharp decline in its international reserves, Algeria made of tourism a key sector to relieve its economy from an acute dependency on oil revenues. However, little is done to boost the contribution of tourism in GDP, which remains limited to 1.4% in 2016 with most tourists being ...

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Olives Grown at High Altitudes Found to Have More Antioxidants

A study found a positive relationship between altitude and levels of CoQ10, tocopherols and phenolic compounds. A new study links the altitude at which olives are grown to key health benefits, Olive Oil Times reveals. The study found a positive relationship between altitude and levels of CoQ10, tocopherols and phenolic compounds — ...

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4 ways Tunisia is moving toward greater gender equality

The North African country is making major strides. When it comes to championing for women’s rights, its safe to say the Arab world has had a relatively prosperous couple of years. From lifting the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia to abolishing a rape law in Lebanon, the region ...

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Migration and rural transformation

The wave of mass migration of youngsters from Africa to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea is a major challenge confronting the continent at the moment. Thousands of able-bodied young men and women are deserting their homes in search of “greener pastures” and many have lost their lives on the tortuous ...

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