Author Archives: megandetrie

How one blog is helping to demystify Middle Eastern cooking

Megan Detrie for The National Nov 23, 2011 The Lebanese-American blogger Bethany Kehdy has been serving up tempting recipes and mouth-watering photos to an international audience on her food blog Dirty Kitchen Secrets (www.dirtykitchensecrets.com). Now, she wants to bring readers even closer to Lebanon with a documentary following her on a tasting tour of the […]

French voters brace for presidential poll – Reuters

April 20 – Millions of voters will be able to take to the polls this weekend for France’s presidential elections. Megan Detrie reports. http://www.reuters.com/video/2012/04/20/french-voters-brace-for-presidential-pol?videoId=233696989

U.N. to meet on North Korea rocket launch issue – Reuters

April 13 – Chinese and Indonesian officials urge calm on all sides ahead of a U.N. Security Council meeting on North Korea’s rocket launch. Megan Detrie reports. http://www.reuters.com/video/2012/04/13/un-to-meet-on-north-korea-rocket-launch?videoId=233293279

Filipinos protest over China sea dispute – Reuters

April 20 – Protesters in Manila demand China withdraw its ships from disputed waters. Megan Detrie reports. http://www.reuters.com/video/2012/04/20/filipinos-protest-over-china-sea-dispute?videoId=233675191

The Gaza Kitchen cookbook recaptures lost history through food

Megan Detrie for The National // Apr 4, 2012 // Grilled sea bream, sour plums and citrus fruits were once the staples of the Gazan diet. In the evenings, families would gather around a plate of fried fish stuffed with dill, accompanied with fragrant, chilli-spiced rice. Now, the daily struggle to put food on the […]

One woman fights to lift the Saudi driving ban, and beyond

Megan Detrie for M magazine, The National March 13, 2012 Defying Saudi culture, Manal Al Sharif drove a vehicle last year and posted her experience online in an attempt to influence a change in women’s rights in the ultra-conservative country. Megan Detrie meets a pioneer determined to seek equality for her gender. Soft-spoken and diminutive, […]

Luxor’s first film festival should fill a gap after most of Egypt’s major festivals were cancelled last year

Megan Detrie for The National Feb. 21, 2012 For the filmmaker Sayed Fouad, Egypt’s first major film festival this year is a coup on several fronts: The first Pan-African festival held in Egypt, organised by civil society and not the Ministry of Culture, and a major cultural event staged outside Cairo. “There are a lot […]