Blogs Roundup

February 13, 2012

There is no lack of wondrous bookshops, as can be seen in this bookstore in China.
10:29 GMT
Do you love bookshops? Yes? Then you're going to love these 20 stunning bookshops from around the globe; 'Cinderella' may never have demanded her rights, but that doesn't mean every woman shouldn't; Happy Darwin Day! ; The dilemma of corruption in Palestine.

February 12, 2012

Whitney Houston as some of us will remember her. She passed away at the age of 48.
14:56 GMT
Greatly popular in the Middle East, Whitney Houston has passed away at the age of 48 in the infamous Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles; Asma Al Assad's fake official website gets "hacked"; More on the Syrian debate; A Mexican experiences the oddity that is Beirut; Innovation in design: amazingly cool shelves made out of pipes!
In spite of Mubarak's ousting and Baradei's withdrawal, are there viable alternatives for the presidential candidacy?
08:53 GMT
Mohamed El Baradei's refuters claim he was not up to the responsibility in the first place; 700 Palestinian prisoners start a hunger strike; What if western media was from the point of view of Iran? American comedy website The Onion explores; Make your own Valentine's Day- themed frame.

February 11, 2012

The future is burning bright for Dubai's international status, but big business seems to be eating up smaller competition.
16:54 GMT
Is Dubai, in fact, the last place for new business? Business experts weigh in; A rebuttal for the "Shit People Say About Israel" video; Kuwait Times gets.. interesting.. with its editorial picture choices; The problem with "cultured" people and pseudo-intellectuals.

February 9, 2012

The Holy Kingdom of the two Mosques is the last setting for slurs on the Prophet (PBUH).
15:04 GMT
Hamza Kashgari has since fled the scene of his "crime" against the Prophet (PBUH); 1 Human year = 12 months. 1 Lebanese prison year = 9 months; The American Red Cross doesn't recognize Palestine in its database; The full text of the Doha Declaration between Hamas and Fatah; An act of kindness in giving away a (sterling) pound.
Apparently, employers in the Middle East favor skills over experience.
10:31 GMT
In Spite of today's difficult employment terrain, here are some reassuring stats of hiring practices in the Middle Eastern; A Saudi journalist flees his homeland over controversial tweets; Is Syria the new problem state of the region? ; Political prisoner Khader Adnan is on Day 54 of his hunger strike; Electronic engineers = quirky artists? Apparently, so.

February 8, 2012

A Still from the video "Shit Middle Eastern Guys Say".
14:38 GMT
In response to the "Shit Middle Eastern Girls Say" phenomenon, here's some stuff that you might hear Middle Eastern guys say; Challenging Middle Eastern cultural codes, break dancing finds its way to Gaza; Not all donating is charity- donating arms creates moral ambiguities; Russian FM Lavrov's visit yields mixed reactions.
Shown for illustrative purposes- Writing: Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
09:01 GMT
Much like a steps program, writing has similar phases that all writers have to endure; Charlie Chaplain's vintage, somewhat obscure speech on dictatorship still resonates 70 years later; The violence of a word: Why this blogger speaks against the word "binit"; Female friends = unsubtle matchmakers.

February 7, 2012

Shown for illustrative purposes- Could this sexist perception change with more women behind the camera?
14:39 GMT
According to Lebanese sketch and comedy shows, rape humor is the norm and women are nothing but superficial shopholics. Is this what comedy has degenerated into? ; Gaza is a beacon of hidden historical treasures and artifacts; Lebanon suffers from "first world problems"- Stuck without Skybar!
Jordan's military has toughened up over the last decade.
10:33 GMT
Surprisingly, Jordan has been listed the 5th most militarized country in the world! What's more shocking is that the U.S. isn't even in the top five! ; Jordan needs to care more about climate change- or else; Would you marry a plumber? ; Maya Diab shows that less.. is less; Make your own Valentine's Day card this year!

February 6, 2012

Shown strictly for illustrative purposes- Hilary Clinton speaks to the Press at the UN Security Council meeting on Syria.
15:08 GMT
The U.S. has been critical of China and Russia's decision to veto, but seems to have overlooked its own 241 or so vetoes in the past 40 years; Cairo isn't the only place with instability; Kuwait's election disappointment; The Saudi women drivers saga continued.
Ayotallah Khomeini's cardboard replica doing the rounds. Looks just like the real thing.
12:59 GMT
Iran goes the unconventional route with the 33rd anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini's return- by having a cardboard cut-out of him travel around the country- No, seriously; Egypt's university student unions are set to protest; Egypt- from Camel Battle to teargas; Beginning or end, there is no middle for this blogger; "Satan's" bad day at the office- sketch.

February 5, 2012

Honor killings are considered misrepresentations of holy texts.
14:34 GMT
In light of the recent honor killing shocker in Canada, a Canadian imam intends to release a fatwa opposing honor killings; The conundrum of sexual harassment for women; Show your support for the Syrian people; Vittorio Arrigoni's birthday postmortem.
Shown for illustrative purposes- Demonstrating actors in New York, speaking out against Bashar and Putin.
11:02 GMT
Separated by thirty years, parallels between the Homs and Hama massacres cannot be overlooked; It's looking like murder by number in Egypt; An in depth look at the Port Said tragedy; Muslim protesters show that NYPD so-called "anti-terrorist" training is unacceptable.

February 4, 2012

A still from the controversial Israeli Samsung Galaxy Tablet advert. Apparently, these buffoons are meant to be Mosaad agents. Plausibility is not the advert's strong point.
16:34 GMT
Samsung could be banned in Iran over an Israeli commercial that it had no hand in producing; Protests in Cairo and Suez leave several injured and two dead; Natural Beauty vs. Silicone Beauty; The negative effects of media on women and society; The main points of the Syrian National Council head, Burhan Ghalioun's interview.