Worldwide chickpea shortage threatens hummus price hike

A plate of Hummus. (Shutterstock)
Updated 13 February 2018
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Worldwide chickpea shortage threatens hummus price hike

DUBAI: If a 70 percent sale on Nutella at a supermarket in France led to riots, what would Arabs do if the price of hummus were to rise?
A shortage in hummus’ main ingredient, chickpeas, due to unseasonably wet and cold weather, has threatened to force a hike in the price of the staple Middle Eastern dish.
Chickpeas thrive in dry weather, however, due to the unusual weather, which as well as rain, has also seen frost setting in, has damaged crops in exporter countries, resulting in low supplies.
The shortage has already affected Lebanon’s market.
Lebanese food importing company Riachi Trading told Lebanon’s The Daily Star that one kilogram of chickpeas cost $1.50 in 2017, but has nearly doubled to $2.80 in 2018.
“One kilogram of chickpeas is sold for LL5,000 ($3.30) when it used to be between LL1,250 ($0.99) to LL2,000 ($1.32),” an employee of Riachi Trading told the Lebanese daily.
For a country that has weathered political and sectarian strife, will this be the chickpea that breaks the Arab’s back?


Couple awarded $1 million in voyeurism lawsuit

Updated 18 August 2018
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Couple awarded $1 million in voyeurism lawsuit

BELLINGHAM, Washington: A judge has awarded a Washington couple $1 million in damages after they sued a former lifeguard and city employee who admitted to videotaping women while they used a staff changing area at an aquatic center.
The Bellingham Herald reports the woman in the lawsuit said the video voyeurism caused her mental anguish, altered her marriage, lifestyle and diminished her love for swimming due to the anxiety she feels when changing into a swimsuit.
The woman and her husband filed a lawsuit against the city of Bellingham and the suspect. Bellingham is 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Seattle.
On Tuesday, Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis awarded $750,000 to the woman and $250,000 to her husband, more than their lawyer asked for.
The court dismissed her claims against the city in March.