Blogs Roundup

January 18, 2015

A displaced Syrian girl walks past tents at a camp located in a rebel-held area on the outskirts of the northern city of Aleppo, near the border with Turkey, on Jan. 13. (AFP/Karam Al-Masri)
07:00 GMT
An alternative view of the evidence for a Syrian nuclear facility; conditions in Syria's air force; and a wartime wedding.

January 17, 2015

A Yemeni child takes part in a demonstration against the presence of armed militias in the capital and also against attacks by Al-Qaeda, on Jan. 17 in Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
15:35 GMT
Southern Yemenis describe an "occupation" by the north; Amal Clooney's white gloves; and anti-Islam sentiment in France.

January 15, 2015

Results against the Mongols were somewhat mixed. (Shutterstock)
21:31 GMT
Saudi Arabia's old-school plan to keep Daesh at bay; Kobani still suffers; and Charlie hypocrisy.

January 14, 2015

First, you probably want to talk to someone who knows the language you're about to get tattooed on your face …
11:20 GMT
Some mixed-up translation in Lil Wayne's new ink; anti-Islam backlash in Germany; and dubious denials that Israel limits academic freedom.
Hmm … don't see any gangs of Muslim religious police around here … (Shutterstock)
07:00 GMT
Fox News - an endless source of hilarity; the death of a Tunisian Jew in Paris; and blaming Rupert Murdoch.

January 13, 2015

Hassan Nasrallah's recent statement is something of a departure.
15:00 GMT
What's so surprising about Hezbollah's reaction to the Paris attacks; Netanyahu using Israel's defense budget to pay off settlers; and nuanced reaction to the Paris attacks.
Netanyahu and a line of world leaders at the Paris rally. (AFP/Patrick Kovarik)
10:57 GMT
Bibi pushing himself to the front of the line; voices speaking out against Charlie Hebdo; and the rarest kind of service taxi driver.

January 12, 2015

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu gives a speech at the Grand Synagogue in Paris on Jan. 11. (AFP)
13:00 GMT
Why Netanyahu wants French Jews to emigrate; a young Bahraini prisoner tries to kill himself; and Nigeria's complicated abstention on the UN Palestine vote.
Lebanese mourners carry a coffin of a suicide bombing victim. (AFP)
09:30 GMT
A look at the "real Tripoli"; a curious Egyptian stand in solidarity with Paris; and J.K. Rowling works a spell on Rupert Murdoch.

January 11, 2015

Since 25-year-old Ali Altaweel has been in solitary confinement for over three years, he attempted suicide twice. (Shutterstock)
11:00 GMT
Ali Altaweel has been in solitary confinement for over three years; Sheikh Salman was detained primarily on charges of establishing contacts with Iraqi Shiite parties; and a Palestinian man arrested for not carrying an ID card is later shot to death.

January 10, 2015

A man lays flowers near a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes on Jan. 10. (AFP)
12:42 GMT
Unpacking the online response to the Paris attacks; analyzing al-Qaeda's role; Turkish cartoonists also threatened; and a look back at Charlie Hebdo cartoons about the Middle East.

January 9, 2015

Lebanon's Mia Khalifa is the world's hottest topic this week!
15:14 GMT
Mia Khalifa's parents finally open up about their relationship with their daughter; the porn star talks about how she got into the (dirty) business and what she plans to do in the future; get to know more influential Lebanese personalities from the year 2014!

January 8, 2015

Signs read "Je Suis Charlie" near La Defense in Paris before the nation observed a minute of silence on Jan. 8, 2015. (AFP/Eric Piermont)
12:39 GMT
A broad outpouring of support for Charlie Hebdo, and condemnation of the senseless attack.

January 7, 2015

A wintry mix of snow, sleet, and rain pound the Levant. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
15:00 GMT
Three fatalities in Lebanon; Jordan declares a state of snow-mergency; storm slams Palestine; and Syrian refugees risk freezing to death.
A UN expert collects evidence in Damascus. (AFP/File)
10:21 GMT
New Google Earth images of Damascus add weight to allegations; Daesh book burnings; and jailed asylum seekers taking over Israeli Facebook feeds.