Blogs Roundup

October 18, 2011

King Abdullah II makes 'Arab Spring'-inspired changes in the Kingdom of Jordan.
16:37 GMT
Jordan's King has let the Prime Minister go together with the cabinet which he is reinstating with new members. And find out what happened when a girl went missing in the Kingdom.

October 17, 2011

These hopefuls clamor to see if their loved ones' names cut the get-out-of-jail-card.  It's not quite peace-for-prisoners 
exchange, but this step was supposed to pacify both sides of the Palestine-Israeli fence, only to disappoint as with most 'deals' in this conflict.
21:30 GMT
Palestine prisoners 'released' on a name list by the Israelis ahead of the exchange- the first batch of half; Israel & Palestine position themselves for the swap in good faith; Eco-friendly Hajj by our soul Sister; Why the Palestine UN bid does not do the Palestine cause any favors: the very-unfinished UN debate; Syria - a 'graphic' image; Inside Israel unseen info on the Shalit deal.
While some dine on banquets and medieval style platters of succulent drumsticks and trimmings, others in the world have very little to quieten their bellies much less feast on.
19:08 GMT
In photos, Gastronomical Injustice of food glorious food and what the world is eating; On the historically damaged and recovered Arab ego; And Unfolding the (foiled) plot of the Iranian killing the Saudi.

October 16, 2011

Kim Kardashian on her Gulf state tour that started in Dubai. Where to next, Saudi Arabia. Yemen perhaps?
13:50 GMT
The Gulf states of Arabia vie over Kim Kardashian; When Mecca Mall is no longer just a mall in Amman but threatens the reality of Islam's holiest site; Wash your hands for hand-washing day! A Kids park with bank-friendly operating hours? Beirut-scape mixes less old and more new; And how to de-seed pomegranate gracefully.

October 15, 2011

Undercover with 3 Wanted Syrian Dissidents, Channel 4's Unreported World put out a documentary by some courageous
reporters who shared in the horror of hiding from the notorious Syrian torture police or 'Shabiha'.
13:25 GMT
Brave reporters go undercover to tell of the horror of hiding out with wanted dissidents in Syria from the Syrian militia, shabiha, as they came for them; Also undercover, a report from the Kuwaiti party scene; The obsession with resisting aging gracefully; Syrian bloggers' kudos, but is online activism all its cut out to be? Downtown Amman holds mouthwatering & ancient treasures.

October 13, 2011

John Jandali and son; Like father like son, Steve Jobs sired a child out of wed-lock and didn't raise 'Lisa' for a good while. Jandali didn't find out who his son was in time to make a good shot at a re-union or relationship. [via kuwaitful]
14:22 GMT
Also known as John, Steve Jobs' father Abdulfattah Jandali is a sad man left with dreams of a relationship with his estranged son, and perhaps haunted by an Arab pride that forbade him to push a meeting even on pain of 'death'; Keeping Joshua Landis' Syrian commentary going; And what are the consequences of a successful prisoner exchange deal for Israel & Palestine?
The Lebanese minimum wage has been in need of a pick-up for a while. Image, courtesy of YaLibnan.
12:40 GMT
Find out why so much of a negative response has arisen to a raised minimum wage in Lebanon; Lessons at the Checkpoint when teachers were held up by Israeli checkpoint police; The Middle East is home to much wonder--Vote For Jeita Grotto for the New 7 Wonders of Nature; The Gilda-Prisoner Deal is suspect; And a British Jew cries antisemitism at his own parliament.

October 12, 2011

Angelina Jolie - the Good Will Ambassador par Excellence is back into revolution central since her excursions into
Turkey to meet Syrian refugees, this time dropping by on Libyans-in- transition.
14:59 GMT
Angelina the do-gooder half of Bradelina is visiting Libya to "see a country in transition" & express support; At home with the Assad's- an exclusive glimpse into the Assad lives, including Asma's school days; Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike- the low-down; 6-ways to avoid Lebanese Wedding Drama (Drama plus); Back to Libya a personal account of reunion.
One man, Gilad Shalit causes quite a stir- deaths, protests and now prison releases en-masse. One man swapped for over
a thousand lives lost, and finally a thousand freed. This young freed prisoner should live life to the full given the price-tag on his IDF head.
10:16 GMT
Is this a good trade-of? The price of one Israeli: Over a thousand deaths in Gaza and and now the government has agreed to part with a thousand more Palestinians in exchange for this prize - Gilad Shalit; The reality of what happened to 'Christian' Cairo hits Egyptians hard; And Israel sneaks in a settler land-gain in while the attention's on one Israeli freed lad.

October 11, 2011

Ahmadinejad is able to exert his censorship pen further afield than Iran. Lebanon is subject to Iranian film-bans that
may have been too freely expressive for his liking and his Lebanese support would tend to agree.
13:00 GMT
Iran's censorship pen- of film in Lebanon and communications at home; Tunis tidings in blog form from a blog tourist; Bashar-lovers are not few and far between; A word from Egypt's third sect: (part) Arab Jewry, near to extinct; A word of advice, breathe!
What happened to Egypt's solidarity and flags that showed a united Christian-Muslim front not so long ago in the height of revolution euphoria?
11:21 GMT
Sectarian conflict between Christian and Muslim might be the meddling of some 'agent' whom it suits to show unrest post revolution; Lebanon's classic tramway- what happened to it? How the BBC presented Lebanon's snail internet service; And when Blackberry Blanked-out; And a philosophy to match all your moods.

October 10, 2011

This latest spree of army-led Coptic killings leaves the Christian Egyptian community feeling persecuted.
14:41 GMT
Armed with 'bibles' and 'crucifixes, how did the Coptic protest of death to their community end in a slaughter of more Christian Arab blood? Lebanon's latest film by Lebanon's director Nadine Labaki; and Lebanon's Blog-artist with a fiendish cartoon streak uncovered.
Huda Naccache is the latest Arab-Israeli bombshell to rock the Middle East, in the name of fashion and not politics.
12:19 GMT
Huda Naccache - the Arab-Israeli model clad in bikini on a magazine cover has sparked talk of an Arab Bikini Revolution; A blogging - - stalker of Twitter (no irony) in Jordan shares his valuable, sardonic insights; In praise of the biography of Mandela; Dual nationality in Jordan opens up a can of worms; And some context to the Coptic-Muslim fray in 'changing' Egypt.

October 9, 2011

It may be a man's world, but women can look too (even if they can't touch)!
22:16 GMT
Cameras fixed to check out girls checking out guys- find out where they looked! GCC's top ten employers for salaries, benefits and the full monty; Citizen journalism from Jordan's very own 'Chubby'; How Jordanian customer 'care' could become more 'caring'; Proof that happiness is contagious; And burning mosques as reprehensible as anti-Semitic crime.
The traditionally pink and very woman-led approach to the breast cancer awareness world struggle, is taking on a 
new unorthodox male face in ultra-patriarchal Saudi Arabia.
10:08 GMT
When Saudi men feature in a drive to combat breast cancer in their female compatriots, the Arab world welcomes this approach, though met with some reservation on ultra conservative Arab street; Questioning the departure from 1948; The baddest Apple in the bunch? Convo with a taxi driver in Amman; And three myths of Israeli history from the horse's mouth.