Blogs Roundup

September 26, 2011

Women in Saudi may not yet be free to drive the Kingdoms highways, but may shortly be taking up their right to vote 
and even run for political office, effective 2015.
12:25 GMT
Saudi women may still have their foot off the driving pedal, but may have a hand in the ballot boxes; Uncovered: the opinions of a blogger-- to be hijab'd or non-hijab'd that is 'not' the question; Morocco and its Jews; The case of the Irvine 11 and the Israeli Ambassador's right to freedom of expression denied or unsettled?

September 25, 2011

A lady once kept her diary private....
16:32 GMT
We live in a world divided into Bloggers and the Rest of the non-blogging masses where rights are conferred to those who Blog; Young moderate Salafism takes the 'tradition' out of the Puritanical religious tradition- the next craze?; TedXBeirut; Yemen deaths are the result of more than just 'clashes'; And calligraphic wonders in Arabia.
Bibi Netanyahu cuts a sour and surly figure during his UN address-rebuttal to Mahmoud Abbas's charmed delivery.
10:33 GMT
Abbas may have just charmed the world by a strong speech and reasonable logical argument while his opponent (partner in peace) enumerated a series of red-herrings in a sour and sore diatribe attacking all and sundry not least the institution hosting his address; A Lebanese blogger suggests you marry a different sect!; and Yemeni leader is back with a vengeance.

September 24, 2011

Photo courtesy of NOW Lebanon: Nour Merheb - At 26, died in his prime, taking his own life for his 'cause'.  Inspired to change Lebanon but despairing that change was not compatible with a living legacy but perhaps more feasible by death.
17:58 GMT
Nour Merhib's suicide in the name of his life's campaign against sectarianism chimes in with the regional Spring; Palestine has spoken- rather eloquently is the common consensus on Abbas's oratory; Why Palestinians aren't all celebrating the prospect of statehood; Abbas V BiBi; The Irvine 11 and the comeuppance for Muslim students daring to speak 'disrupt' Israeli ambassador.

September 22, 2011

Obama puts his foot firmly down in the face of Palestinian aspirations to statehood and dignity.
15:00 GMT
An open letter to President Obama in response to his veto habit and refusal to 'change'; and what does the US get in return for such unwavering support for Israel- financial and para-legal; A Berlin Wall memorandum to Khalid Said, Egypt's revolutionary mascot.
KSA celebrates 81 years of the Kingdom founded by King Abdulaziz Al-Saud in1932.
10:59 GMT
Celebrate the KSA's 81st birthday on Saudi National Day, 23.09.11, since its inception as a Kingdom in 1932 by finding a Bedouin tent near your or sporting the green and white tradition; More steps for GCC consolidation; And Lebanese fashion makes its mark at the 2011 Emmy's.

September 21, 2011

"Devil Worship" in Lebanon- which is effectively anti-social behavior as defined in other cultures-  could comprise wearing 
alternatively fashioned clothing, or back in the '90s listening to music band Nirvana.
18:08 GMT
Meanwhile in Lebanon, the devil wears anything from beer cans to prada.. Nadine Labaki’s new Movie scores Best at Toronto; 'Madames' in Lebanon should treat their house-servants right even if just so that someone makes their beds! Blogging in Lebanon a force to reckon with?; Piloting this so-called 'faster' internet in Lebanon; and 'Cablegate' -the Qatar resignation.
Al Jazeera Network Director General Wadah Khanfar announced his resignation September 20th after 8 years at the Helm of successful Arabic news network.
14:37 GMT
A Jordanian significant resignation of Governor of the Central Bank- Faris Sharaf- comes on the same day as Qatar's Al Jazeera trades in Palestinian Director General Wadah Khanfar for a home-grown royal kind; Why Palestinians are depressed; And with talk of a Palestinian 'state' it's easy to completely neglect Gaza.

September 20, 2011

Following in the French footsteps, Holland unveils its Niqab ban.
21:05 GMT
The Netherlands shows its true 'face' by standing against Palestine's bid for a state and taking a firm stance against the face veil tradition of 'Niqab' or 'Burqa'; Turkey framed as a teenager, a 'debutante' coming of age; Palestine takes center stage once again; What will come to 'pass' for Palestine; And is one step closer to Statehood, two steps back for the Cause?
"Netanyahu says the Palestinians' statehood bid at the United Nations this week will fail because it bypasses the Jewish state."
11:15 GMT
A stark warning for the Arab Spring viewers to not have turned their attention from Yemen now in violent crisis; Jerusalem Post offers a case against Palestinian Statehood; Is Israel an Island?; Mocking all politicians; And a look at life in equations and formulas.

September 19, 2011

The European Union takes the spotlight in the Palestine UN upcoming vote: Will they tow the US line or make their own policy heard?
12:51 GMT
All eyes shift to Europe- the unpredictable multi-member player unlike the surefire 'Nay-sayer' USA; Women rise for Palestine; Egyptian date for elections announced for November; While you were remembering 9/11 what the rest of the world was doing; Syria loses peaceful Ghandis in the violence; and an Oriental little sketch worth a chuckle.
Artist Spencer Tunick inspires people to bare all at his recent photo exhibit on Israel's portion of the Dead Sea, designed to promote the Dead Sea as one 
of the 7 wonders of the World.
09:58 GMT
Mass nude photo-shoot at the Dead Sea reminds us that there could be life at the Dead Sea after all; A Lebanese suicide raises human rights and freedom questions; 'Mad Men' promote cigarettes; And Jordan has a Plan B.

September 17, 2011

Will Palestine get a 'seat' at the UN?
18:07 GMT
Grab a chair, and watch the diplomatic action at the UN; Why America is not the policeman of the world; Moving to, or newly living in Beirut, read on; Give your child freedom and be a good parent; The boy who spat on the President's face; And Israel is loving Egypt.

September 15, 2011

Casino proposal in Jordan is still causing furor.
14:13 GMT
Recent dramatic events to visit Jordan, and is Wikileaks fueling the Arab Spring: an attempt on the Israeli embassy, and the fallout and eruption of the Casino row in parliament; Gaddafi's tyranny- - a reminder of how Libyans had it under Gaddafi; Saudi women activists claim the Blogosphere; Tel-Aviv's Spring shuns the Arabs; Palestine at the UN marks end to the 2-State Solution.
Depression breeds depression.
11:44 GMT
Short of getting immunized against the condition, a hypochondriac blogger shares his preventive tips for 'catching' depression; Istanbul meets Cairo; How would this now mythical "return" to Palestine actually play out; And the World Nose Cleaning Sporting Championships- introducing extreme bodily sports.