Iraq Faces a New Adversary: Crystal Meth
BASRA, Iraq — Hussein Karim sold his three cars, he sold the land where he planned to build a house, and he spent his savings — several thousand dollars — all on his crystal meth habit. He is one of thousands of meth addicts in Iraq, a country where... Read more
Different Reaction on New Travel and Work Rights for Women in Saudi
A wave of hope swept through Saudi Arabia when the government there announced in early August that it would soon extend significant new rights to women. The changes, which started applying at the end of August, were anticipated to dramatically change the conservative kingdom’s so-called guardianship system, allowing women... Read more
Lebanon Launches a New Environmental Initiative Tackling Marine Litter
Lebanese civil society and the European Union legation in Lebanon have launched a new environmental initiative tackling marine litter. The joint initiative is part of the “Bahr Bala Plastic” project, which aims to raise awareness about the dangers related to plastic and reducing its use. The project, funded by... Read more
Dubai Sustainable City Plan to Reduce the Consumption of Single-use Plastic (SUP)
Dubai’s Sustainable City, the Middle East’s first fully operational sustainable community, has announced its plan to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic (SUP) by 90 percent as early as next year. The Sustainable City’s phase-out of single-use plastic will target plastic bags, straws, balloons, cutlery, soda and water bottles,... Read more
Dubai and Abu Dhabi Among Top 30 Cities in New Cost of Living Index
According to Mercer’s 2019 Cost of Living survey of 500 cities released on Wednesday, Dubai’s ranking jumped from 26 to 21 while Abu Dhabi rose from 40 to 33. Vladimir Vrzhovski, global mobility consultant for Mercer Mena, said the cost of living in Dubai went down while ranking moved... Read more
Saudi Entrepreneur Abdullah Al-Hodaif Redesigns Jeddah Using His Art Skills
Thirty-two-year-old Saudi entrepreneur Abdullah Al-Hodaif has been passionate about art all his life.  He started collecting paintings in his warehouse when he was only six years old. By the time he was 16, his warehouse was filled with vintage art pieces. After attaining his master’s degree from abroad, he... Read more
Palestinian Youth in Gaza Enjoy Skating Amidst Blockade
At a Gaza beachfront skatepark, Palestinian youngsters on skateboards and rollerblades zip around curves and jump over concrete obstacles to the delight of onlookers. Calling themselves the “Gaza skate team”, a group of about 20 youths hold weekly training sessions overseen by two coaches, who watch videos on the... Read more
London Marathon: How do you reduce the environmental impact?
Tens of thousands of runners will take part in the London Marathon on Sunday – a gruelling 26.2-mile race around the capital. The iconic event raised £63m ($81m) for charity last year – but it’s also known for generating lots of plastic waste, particularly plastic water bottles discarded by... Read more
World is angry and stressed, Gallup report says
People around the world are becoming more angry, stressed and worried, according to a new global survey. Of some 150,000 people interviewed in over 140 countries, a third said they suffered stress, while at least one in five experienced sadness or anger. The annual Gallup Global Emotions Report asked... Read more
Outside the Box: 10 retirement lessons from a retired retirement pro
For the better part of 40 years, I spent a great deal of time helping thousands of workers prepare for retirement. We ran seminars for workers and spouses on topics like retirement income, insurance, lifestyle, relocation and more. I think it’s fair to say that, if someone took advantage... Read more