Blogs Roundup

November 9, 2014

The famous green-eyed Afghan girl who appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine in 1985. (Image: Fashionicia)
09:28 GMT
Who is the beautiful green-eyed Afghan child who appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine in 1985?; 8 months later, Mark Zuckerberg finally tells us why Facebook Messenger is a standalone app; Want to hold the media accountable for their actions? Now you can with project Checkdesk!

November 8, 2014

Facebook is more than your friendly neighborhood social network... it also assists governments on censorship and monitoring. (Shutterstock)
15:08 GMT
Facebook confesses to helping Arab and Muslim governments, along with the CIA, in censoring and monitoring efforts; Anti-censorship play in Lebanon gets surprise approval from Lebanon's censors; Qatar has concluded a $10mn deal to acquire the legacy of Albert Einstein in a bid to increase its number of Nobel Prize laureates.

November 6, 2014

This is apparently the new look of Hezbollah’s elite force.
10:39 GMT
The new look of Hezbollah's elite forces; this idea that even objective criticism of Islam must be considered a personal or even racist attack is not unpopular amongst the political Left; Tunisian election paves the way for a brave new future
07:30 GMT
Whatsapp introduced the blue double check feature which means that the message has been read; Alexander Wang X H&M collection has finally landed in Lebanon; based on NOW’s interview with Dr. El-Khoury, there aren’t any scientific studies or proof that this new digital drug is harmful.

November 5, 2014

In the Middle East and looking for a job? From openings with terrorist organizations to being headhunted by Vogue, everything is possible in the region! (Shutterstock)
14:00 GMT
ISIL is looking for an Oil Refinery Manager at $225,000 a year; Egyptian filmakers take on Hollywood big-budget films with movies shot on cell phones; and Pepsi and Vogue Italia Showcase design talent in the region.
09:42 GMT
ISIL fighters filmed preparing for the sex slave market day and wanting blue and green eyed girls; Facebook confesses to collaborating with Arab and “Muslim” governments to censor government critics; and is the simple yet charismatic Egyptian mother who famously said "shut your mouse, Obama" the future of Arabic news and entertainment?

November 4, 2014

10:52 GMT
It started last year with a blind tasting... 10 shawarma places and one clear winner: They said it's called Joseph; Kuwait is the fattest country in the world coming in first place; Two years after its launch, the Virtual Museum of Censorship in Lebanon is still documenting impediments in freedom of expression.
The tunes are used ‘as a way of achieving a simulated mood or experience using a technique that involves playing two different tones simultaneously in order to alter brainwaves,’ one online provider said. [Shutterstock]
07:17 GMT
First case of digital drugs detected in Lebanon; half of 52-strong “FSA” force leave Kobani fight after disputes with Kurds; criticism of Islamic fundamentalism is considered criticism of the entire religion of Islam and therefore treated as a red line that no one can fathom crossing.

November 3, 2014

wearable technology will dramatically increase the amount of data for the users to work with.(Image: businessnewsdaily)
14:43 GMT
The hidden aesthetic agenda of wearable technology for the internt users; The impact of SEO, Social Media, E Newsletter, Blogging on Digital Marketing; and Lenovo’s Yoga 3 Pro VS. MacBook Air.
The first episode of a new documentary series on HBO features an interview with Buddy Guy. (Image: Facebook)
08:23 GMT
New documentary on HBO features interviews and history on the 50's and 60's blues era, rock era; Samsung Electronics continues to set new records high; and Harry Zakour has all good reasons to run for a Ruling Party Chairmanship in Ghana.

November 2, 2014

Below self-proclaimed caliphate leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi is a complex leadership tree split into the "Sharia Council" and "Shura Council." (AFPFile)
14:58 GMT
The Islamic State's brut force is the product of a complex power structure, and it's extent is pretty terrifying.
Earlier this year, American actress Scarlett Johansson came under fire with Oxfam after appearing as SodaStream's "brand ambassador."
11:20 GMT
Following a year of calls to boycott, a dip in international sales and the Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam incident everyone remembers best, Israel's SodaStream is moving operations out of the West Bank, but their reasons might be misunderstood.

October 30, 2014

If you're an attractive single lady, should you be picky about the guy's appearance? (Shutterstock).
12:27 GMT
As a single Arab lady, should you be picky about your date's appearance?; Egypt's first female aviator, Lotfia al-Nadi was recognized on Google's homepage yesterday; challenging activities for ladies in Kuwait this weekend - go Crossfit!
British-Lebanese composer Bushra Al-Turk is one of three Lebanese women mentioned in BBC's list. (Image courtesy of Bushra's website)
08:13 GMT
A female cat fight gone bad and caught on film now brings freelance photog under litigation for defamation; Amr Salama's "Made in Egypt" film leaves viewers unclear whether it's for adults or children.

October 29, 2014

Tense relations: Netanyahu and Obama go from bad to worse.
12:09 GMT
The Atlantic publishes an explosive article that says U.S. officials called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a "chickensh*t"; Lebanese officials struggle with misogyny; and is racism really over in Israel?