Blogs Roundup

August 11, 2014

Syrian children at the Zatari refugee camp in Jordan.
14:54 GMT
Where you aware that currently, more than 80% of Syrian refugees in Jordan do not live in a refugee camp? Find out more factoids here; the four stages of whining in Lebanon are hilarious; and ZZ Top is teaming up with uber-DJ David Guetta.

August 10, 2014

This high end area of Tripoli offers a facade of Western comforts. (Arabglot)
20:05 GMT
While not a terrorised wasteland like much of Iraq and Syria, Libya offers many perks and perils for an expat; Amman has weekly offerings for those who want a taste of classical music; and the truth behind the 'kidnapped' Israeli soldier.
Lebanese pianist Maan Hamadeh wows the crowds at the Prague Airport  (YouTube)
16:47 GMT
While weary travellers were waiting for their flights in a Prague airpot Terminal, Maan Hamadeh decided to use the available piano and completely stun them all; some Yazidis safe in Northern Iraq, but not all; and Mubarak crony says the Arab Spring was anti-Islam.

August 9, 2014

Lebanese billionaire Carlos Slim calls for a three day work week.
12:08 GMT
As arguably the second richest man in the world, Carlos Slim knows a thing or two about work efficiency. His idea- work less, retire later; Syrians are welcomed into Jordan but Palestinians from Syria are not; and the Turkish press deemed penguins.

August 8, 2014

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri
23:25 GMT
Bringing with him one billion dollars in aid to the Lebanese military, former PM Saad Hariri appeared suddenly on state TV this Friday morning; a new blog speaks for the Gazan people; and the plight of Yazidis and Christians is only getting worse.

August 7, 2014

A judge recently convicted two Egyptian men of rape and attempted murder and gave them life in prison.
14:18 GMT
Two life sentences and more were handed down to the low-lifes who raped and attempted to murder ladies in Tahrir square during Sisi's Inauguration; things Arab kids only see in the movies; and 30 thoughts every Arab married couple has before the big day.

August 6, 2014

Arab women pray at church.
17:26 GMT
A Lebanese writer pleads with the Christian leaders to unite and face the coming threat of ISIS and the overall Islamist threat; a comic that shows the lunacy of Netanyahu's logic; and what happens if a Lebanese joins ISIS.
The Egyptian/Libyan border has been packed with everyone leaving Libya to go back to Egypt.
14:51 GMT
The heat from rebel forces in Libya has been turned up substantially and this is causing around 4000 Egyptians a day to leave; Cops and Robbers, ISIS style; Facebook helping and hurting the Gaza conflict; and Jordan releases hardliner from prison.

August 5, 2014

Lenovo Middle East proudly announces  the Lenovo VIBE Z2 Pro.
23:41 GMT
Lenovo Middle East proudly announces that the Lenovo VIBE Z2 Pro, the latest flagship Vibe series smartphone, is on its way; Hamas received their rocket technology from Iran; and a Syrian family escapes to Scotland, and loves it there.
John  Stewart continues to rail against America's blind support for Israel.
13:21 GMT
Funny man and social commentarian John Stewart says America is like a drug dealer who sells to Israel and then says, "Don't do drugs!"; throwing rice at weddings can be harmful; and Syrian musician Hello Psychaleppo is turning heads.

August 4, 2014

17:47 GMT
Rachel Weinstein is an Israeli blogger for the Times of Israel who is gaining weight because of the stress of the Gaza conflict. The responses to her 'dilemma' have been overwhelmingly words of rebuke, sighs of disbelief and overall disgust.
Nadine Al Budair is one of ten Saudis voted most beautiful for 2014.
15:28 GMT
Bye-bye stereotypes of all Saudis wearing head coverings and robes. These KSA celebrities are very easy on the eyes; a step-by-step guide on how to not be a moron at the beach; and Syrians continue to be bombed by their own government.

August 3, 2014

The issue of sex is a much avoided topic in Saudi Arabia. (Sex and Beyond)
22:54 GMT
The question many have wondered but never dared to ask has now been answered respectfully and truthfully by a Saudi professor; all the juicy gossip you may have missed from Lebanon last week; and anti-war protestors march in Tel Aviv.
Images from Gaza like these are being spread all over social media.
15:23 GMT
Blood and death are a reality on the ground in Gaza but one blogger thinks that posting the images online indeed crosses a line of decency; LG responds to the claim that their watch burns skin; and playing at the pool is no option in Gaza.

August 2, 2014

Hamas claims that the captured Israeli soldier may have been killed by the Israeli bombings.
22:40 GMT
As Israel pounds Gaza in search for their captured soldier, Hamas declares that they have lost communication with the group that took him; iPhone 5s can save lives; first-hand account of escaping Gaza; and helping Mosul's Christians who've fled to Lebanon.