July 25, 2011
Trees are not just for Christmas: Ramadan is going to be a brightly lit affair in the region as celebratory fever takes hold in street decor; Judging Gaddafi for his crimes; Amman streets are not only aglow with festive lights, but hazard lights for all the pitfalls; It's going be a long, hot but dust-free Ramadan; and child-neglect.
Find out if you've read any or many of the UK's top 100 books, as deemed by the BBC; See what Scandinavian Arabs think of their 'racist' Norwegian gunman; Check out a Palestinian army of old in their manly army attire; Egyptian media processing their fledgling democracy; On being 'saved' by Islam; And the trend to Google plus-up when some have only just got Facebook sussed.
July 24, 2011
Amy Winehouse's life has been snuffed in a rock n roll fashion of living fast and dying young; Throwing into relief the imbalance in reportage on this Norwegian menace who left behind a trail of clues in ugly writings of virulent bigotry and hatred to Muslims (so the anti- archetypal Terrorist!) ; Social Media in a book; and the road to Jeita Grotto is a dump.
Feeling let down by unbalanced U.S. media coverage yet again re: the Norwegian case or Blond-Gate; Remembering the King David bombing July 22 '46- another Zionist terror perpetration that tried to duck the label of terror; and after revisiting Egypt's past on anniversary of Revolution July 23, 1952, a probing look into its future.
July 23, 2011
Digesting the Oslo attacks and the ramifications for global terror and our colored reaction to such home-brewed or right wing internal affairs as Oklahoma; Tourism fall-off in Lebanon requires damage control; Child-play and sleep- how differently children of the world live and sleep ; The Protest Song in Syria, is sung but unheard; What difference a name makes.
July 21, 2011
A blogger recounts (authentically we trust) father's harrowing tale of arrest and torture at the hands of Syrian 'old-hands' at administering brutality; News site bringing your more news forum aggregators, for the Gulf; More fun advertising that plays with fitness and tight unseemly clothes; and when a grandparent reaches toddlerhood.
Says a respected Arab journalist through the mouth-piece of al-Hayat, this man is a man of honor now paying for holding on to power and its perks and right now he aspires for a rapid death; Can a woman have it all asks a lady in Saudi: husband, marriage, children and career? More women's issues from North Africa, a spot of fictional relief ; and 'sweet' relief from Palestine's desserts.
July 20, 2011
No high drama on the high seas this time round, but what exactly went on for the 'occupants' of the final flotilla ferry? Human trafficking concerns in the Gulf encompass more than just forced prostitution; Tips on quitting the UAE; Updates (not always current) on the world's slowest internet service: The Lebanon Connection.
How to Middle Eastern leaders get it so wrong? Floping and nose-diving; Yet Jordan solves it's movie & cinema blockade issue without protests; Arabs need to wake up as they are still ;awakening; and mostly yet to rise up into the day let alone in opposition or protest, says Lama; remembering Lebanon's July War 5 years on; Amman has always had a voice & spoken says 'Hareega.'
July 19, 2011
So Harry Potter is still going strong and turning tricks; women and shoes on the big screen; out of touch with the news outside the immediate region?- find out what's happening in Somalia; Some more wit from our favorite cartoon satirist Ink on the Side- what's your job again?
While the revolution was not about anti-Israel politics of the people, Egyptian music often still is; A woman in blue; More cross-breeding in the Social Media world- introducing a cross between Twitter and Facebook, called Scapegoat; TED does Yemen.
July 18, 2011
Google Plus- the lowdown and review; A dip back into Bahrain's political back-bench; kicking off on a sunny day; Hacked FB accounts in Abu Dhabi are Social Media hazard; What to do in Jordan this summer and in a Jordan that's kicking off again in the protest tournaments.
Kuwait doesn't always let it's garbage or waste disposal 'spoil' the scene; slating more audacious Lebanese billboard ad campaigns; When film tastes clash over politics of the subcontinent; A love-letter shared; and the order of identity for Arab Muslims- Islam first, or Syrian or Arab?
July 17, 2011
Toyota ads rule, says one blogger- so see if you agree; Harry Potter is still popular as ever & here's a survey of its performance world-wide; On Israel still churning up miracles (since the Biblical ages) through Hebrew and democracy; and take a look at the Syrian revolution through the eyes of conspiracy theories.
It's not over til the fat lady sings, nor til the flotilla's safely out of the water or Greek grip; The view from Beirut's lighthouse; What if Egypt's revolution has made things worse; Jordanian murder is still murder whatever the cause, says our Jordanaholic.