1.7m Syrian refugees face food crisis as UN funds dry up

More than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt are facing a disastrous and hungry winter after a funding crisis forced the UN’s World Food Programme to suspend food vouchers to hundreds of thousands forced into exile by the conflict. Since the war began in March 2011, the WFP has brought […]

Lebanon to shut down several dairies for violating food safety regulations

Economy Minister Alain Hakim announced on Tuesday that his ministry will shut down several dairy factories for violating food safety regulations . This is reportedly inline with the campaign led by Health Minister Wael Abou Faour who has been shutting down violating restaurants and institutions. “These factories committed serious, first degree violations that directly affect […]

pope warns man’s greed will destroy world

Pope Francis warned Thursday that planet earth would not forgive the abuse of its resources for profit, urging the world’s leaders to rein in their greed and help the hungry — or risk a doomsday scenario in which nature would exact revenge. “God always forgives, but the earth does not,” the Argentine pope told the […]

In food-crazed Lebanon, a war over messed-up meze

When it comes to cuisines of the Arab world, perhaps none other is as internationally recognizable — and mouthwatering — as Lebanon’s. There is more than a little pride here over the tangy fattoush salads, delectable mezes and dishes of skewered chicken and lamb that have distinguished this tiny Mediterranean nation as a culinary powerhouse. […]

Food scandal: Food poisoning rate in Lebanon lowest, says tourism minister

Lebanese Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon commented Monday in a press conference on the recent food scandal by stressing that the rate of food poisoning in Lebanon is lower than any other country. He assured the citizens that his ministry , like others is responsible for hygiene, and there is no conflict with the Ministry of […]

Lebanon food scandal: The health minister took action against violators

As expected Lebanese Health Minister Wael Abu Faour revealed more horror stories Friday about food safety in Lebanon and said that he was “shocked” by the health and hygiene conditions at chicken farms and butcheries. “Major butcheries were shut down and we’ll take measures against firms selling unhealthy water,” he stressed during a press conference. […]

Food Scandal: Lebanon PM , Jumblatt, back Health minister’s effort

Progressive Socialist Party( PSP) leader MP Walid Jumblatt told As-Safir newspaper in remarks published on Wednesday that Health Minister Wael Abu Faour has his full backing in fighting food corruption in Lebanon and urged him “to keep up the fight till the end because people’s health is in danger” Abu Faour who represents PSP in […]

Rebels try to win the hearts of the Syrian people

Syrian rebels steal diesel from army trucks to give to the poor, form councils to restore basic services, fix power lines and make sure bakeries have flour for bread. But the attempts to win over public opinion come with a flip side, with the fighters increasingly accused of circulating