UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Cafe serves up camel-ccinos
A Dubai cafe, trying to give a modern twist to an old Bedouin tradition, has started putting camel products on its menu. Cafe2Go, launched in September last year by an entrepreneur as part of a scheme to revive Bedouin traditions, now features camel-lattes, camel-ccinos and camel-meat fajitas. Earlier this month, he launched Camellos — a brand name for his products derived from the Spanish word for camel. “Camel milk has been around for centuries and I wanted our younger generation to start drinking it again,” said Jassim al-Bastaki, the cafe’s owner. “From here came the idea of mixing it with modern drinks.” Camel milk has been a staple for desert Arab nomads for generations. Apart from being a novelty in the glitzy home of the world’s tallest building and the man-made palm islands, Bastaki swears by the health benefits of camel milk. Studies show it is almost as nutritious as human milk and offers 10 times more iron and three times more vitamin C than cow’s milk. The challenge in marketing the product comes from the taste and smell. Unlike common dairy products, camel milk is slightly saltier and has a heavy taste, and from the smell one knows immediately where it comes from. Bastaki said he had spent months testing different concoctions before coming up with the perfect blend. “Camel milk is known for being a healthier choice,” he said. “We just had to find the right coffee bean mix and degree of steaming the milk to make it taste good.”
Wife murdered for working
A man stabbed his wife to death because she worked for a non-governmental organization outside the home, police said on Monday after arresting the suspect in the western province of Herat. “Kulsoom was stabbed eight times by her husband on Friday afternoon because she was working,” provincial police spokesman Noor Khan Nekzad said. “We have arrested the murderer, Abdul Rahim, who killed his wife.” The couple had been married for six years and had two children. The killing occurred nearly a week after a 20-year-old woman, Mah Gul, was beheaded in the same province by her in-laws after she refused to go into prostitution. Abdul Qader Rahimi, the regional director of the government-backed human rights commission in the region, said violence against women had dramatically increased recently. “There is no doubt violence against women has increased. So far this year we have registered 100 cases of violence against women in the western regions,” he said, adding that many cases go unreported. Last year, police rescued a teenage girl who was beaten and locked up in a toilet for five months after she defied her in-laws, who tried to force her into prostitution.
Senators deny police request
The Senate on Monday voted to deny a request by police to question one of its members who shot his ex-wife at the dinner table with an Uzi 9mm pistol. Upper house lawmakers voted 94-2 to uphold Boonsong Kowawisarat’s constitutional right to immunity during a parliamentary session. “After the session ends on Nov. 28, police can take him for questioning,” Senator Somchai Sawaengkarn said. Boonsong has said the death was an accident caused by ill health following a stroke. He said the gun went off while he was trying to remove a jammed bullet, fatally wounding Chanakarn Detkard, 46, who was also his secretary. Police said Boonsong is likely to be charged with causing death by negligence. If convicted, he faces a maximum punishment of 10 years’ imprisonment and a 20,000 baht (US$670) fine.