Blogs Roundup

December 9, 2014

His comrade Abu Maryam al-Faranci, warned the people of France he would cut off their heads. (Photo: Al Hayat Media Center)
07:58 GMT
Rather than banning fighters from coming home, governments should consider employing them as spokespeople in their home communities; Omar Barghouti credits the prime minister for the BDS movement's success in recent years; Human rights organizations pledge to challenge the latest iteration of the Prevention of Infiltration Law.

December 7, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Photo: AFP)
17:58 GMT
It is naive for the Israeli peace camp to think that deposing Netanyahu will bring about peace or even get us closer; Nisrene Rouhana’s death and Fatima Seif Eddine’s cry for help indicate that the ISF is failing to take cases of domestic violence seriously; Unknown assailants set on fire on Sunday Syrian refugee tents in the northern region of Akkar.
On Dec. 4, 2014, a demonstrator at Boston Common protests recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguso, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York City. (Photo: Brian Snyder)
13:47 GMT
On December 4, thousands of protestors flooded the streets downtown Boston to protest against the non-indictment of Daniel Pantaleo; The struggle for influence in Syria between regional and world powers is creating a new paradigm in which Iran is beginning to break away from its traditional allegiance with Russia; Arguing on a humanitarian basis, a disarmament initiative pushes to avoid a potential global catastrophe.
Enough being fed on crap, just change the channel or turn the box off.
01:35 GMT
Enough being fed on crap, just change the channel or turn the box off; fight impunity in the U.S. and Palestine; Bahrain comes to a standstill for the king's son to cycle, run and swim.

December 6, 2014

The legendary Lebanese singer Sabah recently passed away - sparking a discussion on the golden age of Lebanese culture. (AFP/File)
13:21 GMT
After the deaths of two more Lebanese legends, Said Akl and Sabah, there is a reignited belief that the golden age of Lebanese culture is over; An expat explains his experiences over the American holiday season; 7 things Ivy did in her 20s that she does not regret

December 4, 2014

Cara and Pharrell alongside Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth. (Photo: Instagram)
18:27 GMT
“Reincarnation” is the new short film created and directed by Karl Lagerfeld; James Bond is back with Spectre and a brand new Aston Martin DB10; In Syria, three years too late for many, the inexorable logic of compromise and stabilization with regime is growing.
Egyptian anti-Mubarak protesters chant slogans as they gather in Tahrir Square in Cairo on November 29, 2014. (AFP/file)
13:33 GMT
Thirty years of Mubarak’s deflating, uninspired leadership have left Egypt in a state of seemingly unalterable disrepair; in the last twelve months, the Turkish state has appeared significantly more corrupt; Israel and the United States were the only two countries to vote against a UN resolution calling for the prevention of an arms race in outer space.

December 3, 2014

19:52 GMT
The long-awaited trailer for "Star Wars VII might break the internet; if alcohol labels were honest, what would they say? Arabic phrases and their literal translation.
Graffiti on the Palestinian side of the Israeli security wall.
15:34 GMT
In Palestinian literature, there is resistance. And more so, there is existence; how social media can create illusions about other people’s lives and fool everyone; how about some mamoul for Christmas?

December 2, 2014

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (AFP/file)
18:29 GMT
This seems to be the attitude regarding the postponing of the deadline for negotiations on the Iranian nuclear file; No one, it appears, has a lower opinion of Israelis than does Benjamin Netanyahu; Why does Al Jazeera English not use material produced by group's PR machine? Because it is the responsible thing to do.
The proposed ‘Nation-State Law’ and a wave of violence point to the urgency of questioning Israel’s place in Jewish identity. (AFP/file)
12:48 GMT
The proposed ‘Nation-State Law’ and a wave of violence point to the urgency of questioning Israel’s place in Jewish identity; Over the last 10 years the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood has consistently shown that its only desire is to dominate all other opposition forces, regardless of the consequences; Omar Boustany speaks to head hunters (ISIS excepted).

November 30, 2014

Just like fashion, your Christmas decorations can also show off your character.
17:00 GMT
Wonderful ideas to style up your Christmas tree; an infographic guide to help you through your Christmas shopping; DYI reindeer advent calendar.
Displaced Syrians stand in front of their makeshift home in Ankara last year. (AFP/File)
14:22 GMT
A humanitarian nightmare awaits Syrian refugees this winter; Iran's censorship redirect page; Tougher regulations on smog standards announced a day before Thanksgiving have some questioning the timing.

November 29, 2014

Lebanon is often oversimplified by the foreign media. (AFP/File)
20:18 GMT
Looking past the tired foreign media perspective of Lebanon; the reality of Syrian civil society in Lebanon; The Salafist front pushes for an Islamic youth movement in Egypt

November 27, 2014

Polar Loop Activity tracker.
12:29 GMT
A new stylish device that will help you keep up your fitness challenge; owner of Champagne Drappier opened the largest bottle of champagne in the world; things we put up with when in a relationship.