Blogs Roundup

November 10, 2011

Once the Radisson Hotel, last decade before that very hotel was targeted by suicide hotel bombings storming Jordan's capital. Now
re-named, after re-launch, as the Landmark Hotel.
11:55 GMT
Remembering the day that shook Jordan to the core -- the Hotel Bombings of Amman came about as 'terrorism' was already doing the rounds in the Middle East; a Bahraini makes the mistake of staying tuned to Twitter; A comedic sketch of Palestine's earth-shattering UNESCO move; And a sidelong glance at Algeria's Arab rule.

November 9, 2011

One man's wooden blocks for play or construction, another man's hazardous but compulsive snack: the eating disorder, Pica
15:32 GMT
Eating the unspeakable and inedible -- eating clay, wood, charcoal -- is not just a condition afflicting the pregnant, hormonally out of synch, or mouth-centered toddlers, but children through adults can indulge in 'mud'-pie & clay, in favor of cake; Sexism by Israelis is common among Ultra-Jewry; Ronald Reagan offers King Hussein special fish; A Homs Eid; And Lebanon Censors Hollywood names.
'Reverse marriage proposal': It's still a practice less common than the 'norm' anywhere, but is certainly one practically unheard of in the Middle Eastern culture that remains traditional and protocol-observing when it comes to marriage and gender roles.
10:56 GMT
An appeal to Arab women to start popping the question, if it's true love, and sweeping their good men off their manly feet; Fairuz coming to a place near you before Christmas!; Ordinary lives under siege in pictures of Gazans; Homs- and a glimpse at a Syrian protest broken down into what, when, where how; Copycat crimes against Apple 'committed' by Samsung, documented.

November 8, 2011

A tete-a-tete gets overheard and turns into a diplomatic 'upset'. Obama and Sarkozy speak 'cheekily' off the record.
15:56 GMT
When Obama and Sarkozy have a little tete-a-tete off camera, French journalists intercept and an embarrassing intimate chat griping about Bibi Netanyahu is leaked; World War 3; And a look back at Hajj.

November 7, 2011

3rd grader in Pakistan above was also forced to wear a suicide vest back in June, on her way home for her 3rd grade classes. Sohana Jawed, a Pakistani, near-victim, pictured.
05:00 GMT
A 9 year-old boy's tragic death in a an Iraqi suicide mission is fully the fault of his 51 year-old mother who volunteered him to die as a 'martyr'; A Eid greeting-speech from Syria's opposition; Egypt's nominated woman of 2011 should by rights receive better acclaim than J-Lo! And Emirates Palace does luxury professionally.

November 6, 2011

Eid Mubarak, 2011; Happy Eid al-Adha, Sacrificial Festival of 2011.
09:28 GMT
Hajj photos from history to get you into the mood and essence of Eid Adha; Holiday 'to-do' lists should be more fun and achievable than any other kind of check-list; Are bloggers journalists-- a comparison debate: bloggers versus Journalists; Saudi and new to America? Read on; Beirut bids goodbye to the summer in a stormy fashion; And something for the comic-Mideast minded....

November 4, 2011

Fighting depression can be a very lonely experience-- so why not spend more time with those friends and family that add the happiness factor?
08:41 GMT
Ways for beating depression that can be recycled all your life, whenever a spot of the blues arises; Lebanon still has internet issues to protest; Egypt's prestigious Al-Ahram journal makes peace with the Muslim Brotherhood (on page 5); Steve Jobs knew a thing or two about Arabs and the Middle East; and Lebanon's latest 'scandal'.

November 3, 2011

Tired of being lumbered with the dishes cause you're 'good' at it? Or you once misguidedly confessed to finding it therapeutic?
12:24 GMT
Just cause you're good at something does not have to pigeon hole your career or function in society; Has Syria been saved from the fate of other Arab nations? 7 Wonders of Nature - whether real or fictional- can only encourage national pride in heritage; And why does the (hypocritical) United Nations not operate on more 'equal' values a disgruntled observer asks.

November 2, 2011

Jordan and Canada - is one like the other?
14:40 GMT
Jordan is the friendly and polite nation in the Middle East that doesn't like to rock the boat or upset its neighbors; Eid el -Adha and Hajj from Dubai's perspective; Living in a Facebook 'bubble'; Saudi Arabia's Empty Quarter (must be quite deserted really); and a friendly Lebanese warning of scams.
Are tents a sign of an Arab wedding?
10:23 GMT
A sure sign, or 18, for spotting an Arab wedding from the rest; Palestinian internet networks being intercepted and hacked-- the hallmarks of state disruption, Mossad, or simply accidental; And Revamping basements feeds a fictional sharing.

November 1, 2011

North Korea's Kim Jong Il does not want to receive ex-pat North Koreans abroad in Libya back home, as they might spread ideas on ousting dictators.
20:19 GMT
Paranoid that North Koreans who lived in Libya will come back home with ideas, Kim Jong Il says stay away!....; 5 Reasons to visit Lebanon for tourists turns to 5 Reasons To Not Visit Lebanon by a Lebanon Lover; Palestine's UNESCO Membership makes history and a reporter puts the US in a less than flattering light; Free air-tickets for staff ago too far as do oil workers' free oil perks; Lebanon's Blogs at Risk.
King Abdullah II of Jordan is not shying away from discussing his region's changes.
10:13 GMT
Is it a bout of insomnia brought about by a highly caffeinated diet, or is it financial concerns... for his Hashemite Kingdom? Happy Halloween you Middle Eastern partakers in this heathen festival!; Consider your identity in light of the Middle East transitions and tectonic shifts.

October 31, 2011

14:31 GMT
UNESCO is the first body of the 'UN' to independently take on Palestine and recognize its bid for UNESCO membership -- who has Palestine got to thank for this (or who not to thank); Kuwait commits to sunny sustainable energy sources; Lebanon Syrian kidnappings point to the Party of God, HizbAllah; And the Sunni Tribal connection provides the missing link in the region.
Muslim 'fundamentalists' have a sense of humor too. Egypt's new 'light' party provides comic relief to the face of Salafis everywhere.
11:52 GMT
Salafis have a sense of humor and a comedic self-perception to share: A conference to announce female membership to the party involves all male audience; Egypt, Libya, and Israel-Palestine- something from the hot-spots of the region.
Muslim 'fundamentalists' have a sense of humor too. Egypt's new 'light' party provides comic relief to the face of Salafis everywhere.
11:52 GMT
Salafis have a sense of humor and a comedic self-perception to share: A conference to announce female membership to the party involves all male audience; Egypt, Libya, and Israel-Palestine- something from the hot-spots of the region.