Blogs Roundup

March 27, 2012

Is Asma Assad a wronged party in spite of the scandalous Assad E-mail leaks? Asma still remains the international woman of mystery.
09:24 GMT
Syrian First Lady Asma Al Assad has had a bit of a bad rep as of late, but an anonymous Syrian blogger comes to her defense; Hate crimes are on the rise in America; Whose voice are we hearing in the Arab Spring? ; Social Media Update: What's the latest; Mad Men YouTube Game revisited.

March 26, 2012

The gaudy "Israel Loves Iran" Campaign Poster
12:25 GMT
That is exactly what the Middle Eastern blogging community is pondering. Ever since the posters for the "Israel Loves Iran" campaign appeared on the social networking sphere, Middle Eastern bloggers have been cynical, ranging from critical to jocular.
What does the revolution mean for the future of Yemen's women? - Shown for illustrative purposes.
09:44 GMT
Yemen's Arab Spring was not only inspirational in its accomplishments, but in what it had to offer to the women of the revolution; The Yemen revolution: a separation? ; Egypt prepares itself for the pornography ban; Android users rejoice! Instagram is making its way to phone near you.

March 25, 2012

A movie still from 'The Hunger Games'. (Image source: '")
12:44 GMT
If you thought this was another Twilight imitation, think again. Arab Sci-fi nerds get their geek on for 'The Hunger Games'; Saudi Tweet offender- Round Two; Lebanon's classic architecture is worth fighting for; A Salafi at a Pope Shenouda III talk; Colonialism and the Arab Spring.
Arab Idol, Carmen Sulaiman, in here starring moment.
09:53 GMT
The confetti is out and so is the verdict: Carmen Sulaiman is the first Arab Idol winner! ; Russel Peters's Lebanese performance- Not up to snuff? ; Mad Men- The video Game! ; Luxury Brands take to social media to reach the affluent masses; 5 Flowers you can actually eat!

March 24, 2012

The ultimate Arab Idol Showdown- Egypt's Carmen Sulaiman or Morocco's Donia Batma?
10:22 GMT
Excitement mounts for the Arab Idol Finale and the gloves are off as two ladies vouch for the top spot; Shortlisted titles for the 2012 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)- with excerpts; Springtime in Jordan!

March 22, 2012

Borat- a specter over Kazakhstan's identity?
11:01 GMT
A Kazakh female athlete was horrified when the Kuwaiti sporting event she was attending played the Borat parody instead of the actual national anthem of her country; Revolutionary art! ; Photoshop CS6 beta's release- why you should be excited?
Out and Proud? - Omar Sharif Jr. worries if he can ever return to his native Egypt.
09:02 GMT
Omar Sharif Jr., the grandson of the esteemed Egyptian actor, comes out as gay and admits to being half-Jewish, but would like to visit Egypt someday; Iranian-American reality TV!- More 'Jersey Shore' than 'All-American Muslim'; 10 Ways Israel has shown the Palestinians its utmost appreciation; Beautiful Arabic typography.

March 21, 2012

Pope Shenouda III - A religious leader who was beloved by Christians and Muslims alike.
13:00 GMT
Al Bawaba has been reporting on the tragic death of the Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III the entire week. As he was laid to rest, the blososphere was filled with condolences for the late religious leader.
Arab mothers of the revolution, overlooking a brighter future.
08:19 GMT
If there is anything that Arabs love in unison, it is their mothers! Here's a special roundup to that special lady who embodies Wonder Woman and more, but to us, her name is merely, 'mama'.

March 20, 2012

Mother of the Arab feminist female writers: Nawal El Sadaawi is one of the female Arab writers in this countdown. (Image source: "")
13:05 GMT
We highlight the best of the female Arab writers in contemporary literature; Egyptian novelist Sonallah Ibrahim discusses writing on sensitive topics in the Middle East; A book as a docking station? Why not.
A women's spring is a mother's spring.
08:50 GMT
Whenever women's rights are overlooked, there is the constant reminder that this woman is someone's mother, sister or daughter. This mother's day, we take a look at the women's issues taking center stage as of late.

March 19, 2012

The Egyptian woman claimed that she killed her husband in this fashion after years of 'maltreatment' and abuse.
19:29 GMT
After a night of passion, an Egyptian woman cuts her husband into pieces and feeds him to strays; Poverty and marriage- a growing problem; Kuwait's female politician deficiency; Pinning for a cause- one Pinterest user gets philanthropic; These soaps look good enough to eat- literally.
Who would have thought that Facebook and Twitter would jump start a whole other branch of geekery?
08:00 GMT
For those of you dying to know what's the latest on social media trends, here's an update on what's going on from Pinterest to Wordpress; The Coptic community pays its final respects to Pope Shenouda III; From worst to best city, western media can't shift its bipolar opinion on Beirut; Occupy Wall Street in pictures.

March 18, 2012

Frightening statistics, such as at least one domestic worker dying every week, raise questions about the domestic worker situation in the Middle East.
14:00 GMT
The Ethiopian maid, who was beaten in front of her embassy in Lebanon, has unearthed debates on domestic workers in the Middle East; WikiLeaks founder might be running for the Australian senate; The Kony 2012 Campaign- Naive? ; Interview with Palestinian hunger striker Hana Shalabi's sister; Is the Arab Spring good news for Palestine?