Blogs Roundup

June 8, 2014

A woman votes in Iraq. (Getty)
11:54 GMT
Iraq is a fluke, Syria is a laugh, Egypt is a joke, Libya is a hoot, and Turkey is a facade. Yet somehow, these countries love elections; I went to a fight and a Lebanese basketball game broke out; and America still uncertain about Iran.

June 7, 2014

These are some of the characters from the new McDonald's World Cup ad. (YouTube)
22:21 GMT
The World Cup is still weeks away but the talent of your everyday, pedestrian soccer player is on full display in this ad from McDonald's; how is showing one's underwear, or worse, a trendy new fashion? and catching up on the news in Lebanon.

June 5, 2014

Even Captain Jack Sparrow should fear the new pirate viruses.
18:09 GMT
It seems computer hackers have too much time on their hands because now they are developing pirate like viruses for smartphones; What did Assad do while waiting for the election results? and the major differences between Apple and Google.

June 4, 2014

Three women are smiling. They must not be from Lebanon.
23:50 GMT
International pollster Gallup released its latest “Negative Emotions Index,” and Lebanon was among five Middle Eastern countries that are very sad; the case of Meriam Ibrahim in Sudan is Islamic injustice; and Erdogan calls out CNN.
Maysoon Ziad
14:16 GMT
This project requires raising $33,000 US Dollars. So far $10,310 has been raised, and more money is still needed by June 22nd; it is official, Sisi is the new head of state; and the latest tech gossip from the Middle East.

June 3, 2014

Syrian rebels
22:36 GMT
A 102-year-old Alawite man was shot dead in his sleep, along with his son, his grandson, his great-granddaughter and her mother; have you ridden the color wheel? and Lebanon bans a 10 minute film because of boobies.
Angelina Jolie shines in 'Maleficent'.
13:44 GMT
According to one Arab blogger, 'Maleficent' was far from a hit and despite Angelina Jolie's amazing performance, the script was weak; Cruise is back with 'Edge of Tomorrow'; and the real names of our your favorite Lebanese singers.
Famous Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef has been kicked off the air.
02:00 GMT
Bassem Youssef announced the sad news today from his Radio Theater studio that here will be no more “ElBernmag” TV show; Palestinians form unity gov't, Israeli sanctions be damned; and Syrians still need your help.

June 2, 2014

A female victim of honor killing.
11:28 GMT
A family in Pakistan has already killed three family members and it appears that the main culprit will remain free to do it again; a watermelon without seeds in Kuwait; Game of Thrones in comic form; and Instadocs in Kuwait.

June 1, 2014

It was cherries like these that put four little Palestinian girls in the slammer.
22:03 GMT
Four elementary school girls, one eleven and another with disabilities, were handcuffed and taken to the police because of a cherry picking rumor; Mubarak is now wearing his official prison garb; and autism awareness in Lebanon.
Don't blame the Qatari Emir for the new dress code in his country! (AFP)
16:00 GMT
The Qatari dress code has been causing quite the stir on social media but guess who's behind the whole process? A little old lady; Sin City 2 is already controversial in America; and the drone attacks in Pakistan continue to kill innocent civilians.

May 31, 2014

The Lebanese pot laws are changing and it is important to be kept up to date.
21:57 GMT
Know your rights Lebanese lovers of Mary Jane! A quick two minute video could save your bud-loving butt from going to jail! The dangerous curves of Barbie are seriously harmful; and Maya Angelou's time in the Arab world.
A Million Ways to Die in the West
01:02 GMT
Seth MacFarlane tried with movies by making 'Ted', but now there is a new sheriff in town, created by Seth and is indeed a lot funnier; Lebanon is about to have its own 'Floating Island'; and the reality behind Sisi's presidential victory.

May 29, 2014

With homes like this in Lebanon, one resident thinks it is best to leave sooner than later.
19:25 GMT
One blogger and actor from Lebanon speaks candidly and frankly on why he has chosen to take his family out of the country for their own good; Hey Qatar, get a grip on your rules before the World Cup. Please! and Jerusalem to always be divided.

May 28, 2014

A pair of underwear with Egyptian Presidential Candidate General Sisi emblazoned on the front.
22:18 GMT
Sometimes the best response to a stupid question is no answer at all. To many Egyptians, being asked to vote is just plain dumb; Petra by Night is an event never to be missed; and Iran's Ayatollah has harsh words for detractors.