Blogs Roundup

May 7, 2014

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
14:04 GMT
Israeli President Simon Peres worked hard to negotiate a peace deal with Palestinian President Abbas but Netanyahu pooh-poohed it; displaced families in Afghanistan; interview turns into a fight in Jordan; and Lebanon breaks refugee world record.

May 6, 2014

Understanding the Shiite, Alawite and Sunni territories. (image from vox.com)
22:35 GMT
From newbie to seasoned Middle Eastern scholar, anyone will find these maps to be extremely helpful in understanding the socio-political climate of the region; Al Jazeera coming to London; and women tagging walls in Afghanistan.
Solar panels in a solar field.
08:38 GMT
Administrative Development Minister Adel Labib announced that the Egyptian government will be investing $1 billion into a giant solar energy project; 'Shut up your mouse!"; the MMA fight in an MEA flight; and Boko Haram are idiots.

May 5, 2014

Zach Efron stars in Bad Neighbors. (YouTube)
20:57 GMT
One Arab blogger doesn't hold back any punches when he declared his trip to the movies would've have been better served at home with a book; do Smart phones make us dumb drivers? An Al Jazeera reporter speaks to the judge.
A Lebanese man 'beats' his wife at a marathon to raise awareness for women. (YouTube)
07:00 GMT
This staged beating was meant to illicit some sort of response from a crowd marching for battered women. Did it work? Roll the tape! An open letter from a grieving Israeli to his government; sad stories from Syria; and the truth on Lebanese beaches.

May 4, 2014

A user at his laptop.
18:21 GMT
A Lebanese man gets robbed at gunpoint and loses his laptop. He finds his only means of resolution is to tell the thief directly how he feels; this week in Amman; the reason Russia hates the West; and Palestinians remember those who are on hunger strike.
A microscope slide of the deadly SARS virus.
07:59 GMT
This virus basically attack the respiratory system and like many other possible pandemics, it is not staying in one place; If Syria has to ditch their weapons, why not the US and Russia as well? and the US calls out Israeli Settlers as terrorists.

May 3, 2014

Tom Cruise before and after having his teeth fixed . (GlamRoz)
08:36 GMT
Oh, that Tom Cruise smile could melt a snowball in Alaska! Well, he and dozens more weren't always so stunning in the smile. In fact, some were downright scary; HTC One M8 Review; Prayer for Egypt; and Lebanese lasses stealing the global spotlight.

May 1, 2014

FC Barcelona player Dani Alves eats a banana a fan threw at him. (YouTube)
15:44 GMT
As a Brazilian of dark complexion, Danny Alves has experienced racist taunts before. This time, when a fan threw a banana at him, he ate it! Hookah on the go; this weekend in Kuwait; Egyptian traffic app has over one million downloads; and big brows in Beirut.

April 30, 2014

American actor George Clooney and fiancé Amal Allamuddin
21:53 GMT
In a Druze town in Lebanon’s Chouf district, the Allamuddin's shared,"He (Clooney) is all of Baaqline’s in-law now, every single one of us"; a new Jordanian law makes support equal to engagement in terrorism; and NY ends ten years of spying on Muslims.
Egyptian Activist and blogger  Bassem Sabry dead at age 31. (Egyptian Chronicles)
10:02 GMT
After fainting from lack of sugar, activist Bassem Sabry fell off of his balcony to his death at the young age of 31. His legacy of beautifully and articulately laying out what is wrong with his own country will undoubtedly live forever.

April 29, 2014

A pair of women's underwear with a portrait of Former Egyptian General Sisi emblazoned on the front. (Arab News Blog)
15:00 GMT
The Egyptian people have not only jumped on the Sisi bandwagon, they are now adoring their hopeful leader with all types of tacky merchandise; Qatari getting a bad rap; public Saudi thoughts on life; and the 11 people you'll find at an Arab family reunion.
A Lebanese boy stands on a beach in Lebanon.
07:00 GMT
While it may not be clear from governmental websites, it is now good to go in terms of flying to Lebanon and having the time of your life; Hezbollah's efforts in Syria are counter productive; and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry affronts Israel.. sorta.

April 28, 2014

George Clooney and his fiancé Amal Alamuddin.
15:02 GMT
It seems every media outlet has a different angle on American beefcake George Clooney's fiancé Amal. One thing they all agree on- she's a catch! Tunisians support their rebels; devil worshipping in Kuwait; and defining the Muslim Brotherhood.
Israel vs Palestine done by RAP NEWS 24 (YouTube)
07:00 GMT
A group of Australian friends tries to sum up what is going on in the Holy Land with this killer rap and they come out on the side of the Palestinians- or do they? Furniture made out of Arabic letters; the Qatari version of a drive thru; and Egyptian youth protest Anti-Protest law.