Blogs Roundup

August 30, 2014

A contestant walks the catwalk to audition for MIss Egypt 23014 . (Facebook)
08:34 GMT
AFter a three year break (or hiding from the MB), the competition to find the beauty of Egypt has returned with 21 finalists ready to compete; the US sends weapons to the Lebanese Army; and the next way to govern ins Israel is war.

August 28, 2014

This chart shows the death toll in Gaza. ( @mohassouna )
10:08 GMT
Now that a ceasefire has been announced, numbers can be tallied from the carnage in Gaza: 102 elderly, 263 women and 577 children were killed by strikes; UAE to loan Egypt US$9 billion; and Assad is reforming everything with ATMs!
German Chancellor Merkel and Israeli PM Netanyahu have a cozy, awkward relationship.
09:18 GMT
It's time for for 'wholesale reform change' to stop the human rights abuses that Israel is inflicting upon Gaza, says the letter; a map of the religions in the Middle East; and a Lebanese news site features a satirical piece about McDonald's as fact.

August 27, 2014

The Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza is now open under the cease-fire agreement.
21:21 GMT
The border between Egypt and Gaza has been closed since Hamas took over in 2007. With this now open, aid can now be expedited to those suffering; 10 upcoming sequels to classic movies; and an Ammani resident fumes over traffic.
Apple is taking applications from those who want to work in the biggest store ever in Dubai.
08:47 GMT
In Dubai, it seems everything lives by the slogan, "Go Big or Go Home' and Apple is planning on going 'Big' in terms of the new store to open in 2015; flag defecation isn't how to be ISIS; and a cease-fire in Gaza is nothing to celebrate.

August 26, 2014

Hajo Meyer was a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz who campaigned against Zionism. (YouTube)
15:33 GMT
Only three weeks before he passed away, Hajo Meyer, a 90 tear old Jewish survivor of Auschwitz, said the Palestinians must continue to resist; online resources for Palestinian-Israeli conflict; and how to stay rational.
'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' premiers now in most move theaters.
07:46 GMT
'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' is strikingly beautiful, but after a nine-year wait, it doesn’t do nearly enough to justify its existence; travel around the world with this week's best POW shots; and the 8 ways to spot a Lebanese abroad.

August 25, 2014

A Yemeni man with his child bride.
09:53 GMT
Some say the sister swap between friends is just a cheap way to get married in Yemen. This blog counters that the accountability produces better marriages; the six franchises Beirut needs; a Muslim campaign against ISIS; and Toronto becomes Gaza.
Twitter is not for all in Iran, according to some.
09:16 GMT
The Iranian Foreign Minister, the President and even the Ayatollah are regular wizards on the Twittersphere, yet it is still heavily regulated in Iran; is the Gulf Cooperation Council an oxymoron? No ISIS on Twiiter; and wandering thoughts during meetings.

August 24, 2014

Israeli warplanes  destroyed the 12-story “Zafir 4” residential tower in Gaza City’. (YouTube)
23:29 GMT
In one fell swoop, the IDF levelled an entire 12 story residential tower in their search for Hamas militants, leaving almost fifty families homeless; Lebanese soldiers held by ISIS now at greater risk of beheading; and Israelis want the siege over now.
Will this student be taught to think or just to regurgitate information?
09:00 GMT
One blogger says the reason children and present day ISIS members gravitate towards this ideology is poor upbringing and archaic world-views; Gaza is rubbles but still winning the war on social media; and Assad is not the real cause of ISIS surging.

August 23, 2014

FingerNaps are like disposable gloves just for your fingers.
17:28 GMT
Asia always seems to come up with some ingenious, impressive or outright weird inventions. The FingerNap may fit all three categories; the difficulty of being a Sunni in Lebanon; and some parents just don't understand parenting.

August 21, 2014

The Extremistan map touted by Nasser Judeh, the foreign minister of Jordan. (Foreign Policy)
09:55 GMT
Jordan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Judeh simply and eloquently explains the socio-politcal situation in his region with a simple map; 'Lip-Art' done to perfection; and Egyptian politicians tell America how to deal with protesters.
Saudi women leaving a mall.
08:57 GMT
A survey of Saudi university students revealed some fairly racist and religiously pompous views about Americans and their culture; Tripoli's Christians are worried; when does Israel go to court for killing kids? and it's a whodunnit for Egypt's power shortage.

August 20, 2014

A nuclear bomb test in the Pacific Ocean.
11:48 GMT
Before the head of Gaza’s bomb squad was killed, he said the bombs dropped on Gaza were equivalent to an Atomic attack; the ceasefire breaks down and more bombs drop; and the strike on a San Francisco port has kept an Israeli barge undocked for four days.