Blogs Roundup

July 30, 2014

Ink on the Side shares just how awkward a kiss can be in Lebanon.
19:34 GMT
When a Lebanese relative greets family at the door, what style of kiss should they implement? Is it the snail kiss, the wireless kiss or worse, the awkward kiss; shopping in Lebanon has never been more of a hassle; and Obama may lift sanctions on Iran on his own.

July 29, 2014

Roman Catholic Pontiff Francis shared how he maintains happiness in a broken world.
19:46 GMT
Without sidestepping the harsh realities of ongoing war, Pope Francis told journalist Paul Calvo his ten tips to finding happiness; marrying a Saudi is not at all easy to do; and the power of social media in crushing Israel's international reputation.

July 27, 2014

A Palestinian boy stands next to his donkey outside a UN school where he and his family took refuge in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya early on July 16, 2014, after evacuating their house. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
16:37 GMT
Gaza is a modern-day dystopia, and the international community must act; Could Gaza's chaos be the end of Netanyahu; America has a responsibility to offer asylum to Iraqis and Afghans who helped the war effort; Cartoon depictions of John Kerry's diplomatic missions.

July 26, 2014

Masked Palestinian militants in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, June 12, 2014 (AFP/MOHAMMED ABED).
19:09 GMT
Israel's ongoing assault on the Gaza strip is only strengthening Hamas; Twenty years after Rwanda, the US is still reticent to use the G word amid civilian massacres; Israel, Gaza and the US are strangely similar to Russia, Ukraine, and a downed airliner; For Israelis and Palestinians Peace Must Not Be The Last Casualty.

July 24, 2014

An Israeli soldier stands guard as a Palestinian family is interrogated for the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Babk
13:54 GMT
Israeli reservist soldiers create petition refusing to serve; Iraqi minorities face unprecedented discrimination; Returning home is the only real solution to he plight of the Palestinians.

July 23, 2014

Injured in Zionist attacks, patients sit in Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Gaza. (AFP)
13:20 GMT
Why the Palestinians should push for membership in the International Criminal Court; Gaza residents spend Ramadan constantly afraid of death as Israeli warplanes and drones roar overhead; The Arab World's Christian community faces a time of harsh persecution.

July 22, 2014

(Image from Allagta's facebook page)
19:54 GMT
A Palestinian artists shares his story of peaceful resistance by means of cartoons; A day in the life of a Palestinian in Gaza; Debates rage in Turkey over how much skin women should show; Is Israel fighting for its existence?
Hamas fighters (AFP)
06:30 GMT
From 1994-2014, how repeated peace attempts in Gaza and Palestine never gave the Palestinians any room to breath; A former Israeli ambassador makes the case for demilitarizing Hamas; Why Israel embracing the Palestinian unity government would lead to peace.

July 21, 2014

The Arabic of the Qur'an is considered by many as the finest ever written.
23:13 GMT
It seems that the mastery of the classical Arabic by the Islamists has proven to be far more superior than the moderates and secularists; Brazil coming to Lebanon for a friendly game; how to help Gazans practically; and Jew-hating at an all-time high in Turkey.
A screaming Palestinian child is treated at al-Shifa hospital after Israeli forces shelled her home in Gaza City on July 18, 2014 (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
06:04 GMT
What do ISIS and Hamas have in common; Did Hamas ever really know about the Egyptian cease-fire proposal; Clearing up misconceptions on Palestine; How Israelis and Palestinians can use the cessation of Gaza violence to push for peace.

July 20, 2014

This picture to prove Hamas has kidnapped an Israeli solider is said to be an old photo. (Twitter)
22:11 GMT
Whether it is true or not, the social media sphere is going crazy with alerts that Hamas has taken an IDF soldier captive; Fuad Massoum for Iraqi President; mope deaths in Gaza; and Sisi mourns with the country over the dead soldiers.

July 19, 2014

(AFP)
19:07 GMT
Drones prove a bane, not a boon, to global security; Hamas sends drones into Israeli airspace; Why using Yemen as a model will undermine US policy in the Middle East.
A do-it-yourself guide to making a tear-gas mask. (From the Disobedient Objects How-To guides)
11:45 GMT
More and more, it seems a gas mask is good to have in the Middle East. For those who don't have one on hand, here's an easy way to make your own; a father teaches his daughter how to beat up her brother; and Turkey blows off Sisi and Egypt.

July 18, 2014

Even before the current crisis, water was a rare commodity in Gaza (AFP).
16:28 GMT
Israel deploys dystopian propaganda to depict Hamas as taking its own people hostage; Devil's advocate: an argument for why Israel is a beneficent peacemaker; How Israel and the West destroyed peace in Palestine; What much of the world's media thinks is inconsequential to inform its viewers about the conflict in Gaza.
(AFP)
06:16 GMT
With the loss of a child, Palestinian and Israeli families promote peace; The lunacy of Israel's self-defense claim; Want peace between Palestinians and Israelis? Don't hold your breath; Tweets and news of Israel's ground invasion of Gaza