Blogs Roundup

January 31, 2012

Taken from HM Queen Rania's Facebook page, here is an intimate family moment celebrating HM King Abdullah II's birthday with his son who also had a birthday.
10:48 GMT
HM King Abdullah just turned 50! Here' s all you ever wanted to know about his life; Jordan's Queen Alia Airport, one of the worst in the world? Surely not; Lara Fabian's Lebanese fiasco - blah blah blah, nobody cares; Fall in love with GIFs- you know you want to; Your guide to eating out without becoming morbidly obese.

January 30, 2012

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14:37 GMT
Writing Lebanese history texts books for Lebanese history post 1946 is no easy feat; Up close and personal with an Egyptian cancer victim - a touching account; The reason behind the world's problems? Heavy metal, of course; Two cultures, two concepts: marriage and children in the Middle East and the U.S. Spot the difference.
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10:52 GMT
Boy's arrest for "harming King's dignity" causes debate; World Economic Forum- a rich man's joke? ; The awkward moment when groupon sends you a discount voucher on STD testing; Self-branding advise for the real you- not the 400 others who share the same name online; Bashar Al-Assad running = hilarious.

January 29, 2012

Considered the pinnacle of too much freedom, it comes as a surprise that Lebanon has been ousted as the most liberal press.
14:16 GMT
A recent study on freedom of the press in the region shows that Lebanon ranks only third in the whole Middle East- following Kuwait! Straight from the Twitter grapevine, El Baradei gives Egypt a game plan via Twitter; MSNBC publishes an image of a Palestinian being run over by a trailer driven by an Israeli solider.
Is Haifa Wahbi a gay icon?
10:53 GMT
Haifa Wahbi gets fabulous with some drag queens in Turkey; Will she or won't she? That is the question about the Lara Fabian concert; It's the woman behind the man that paves the way to greatness, even for Obama; Lebanese women will risk anything to not be called the "C-word"- cheap; Miriam Fares gets mummified and jungle fever at once.

January 28, 2012

Among other topics, Walid Jumblatt discussed Beirut, reincarnation, the meaning of power and classic 1980's soap "Dallas" in his interview.
06:30 GMT
Unbeknownst to most, Lebanese politician Walid Jumblatt did an interview for Playboy back in 1984! Check it out here; Jordanian designer parodies and celebrates local issues and events via graphic desgin; Does font define a movie? ; Lebanese women's rights activists are not backing down as the fight against marital rape rages on.

January 26, 2012

Twitter is changing its interface language to suit Middle Eastern users. (Image source: "")
20:57 GMT
Straight from their official blog, Twitter is set for a language change- finally- thanks to its popularity in the region; Confused about Syria? Here's an "idiot's guide"; The Palestinian Authority Dictionary; Is the Israeli lobby running the show in Washington? Apparently so, says Ex-CIA specialist; 10 Misconceptions Debunked by modern Science.
Egyptian pride was apparent on Jan 25.
10:05 GMT
Egyptians went to the street yesterday to celebrate Jan 25 with renewed fervor and enthusiasm for change. But it seems to be new faces to the old problems. The military and Islamist parties are the new contenders for the Egyptian power struggle.

January 25, 2012

A Jewish faithful reads his daily paper. Shown strictly for illustrative purposes.
14:13 GMT
Atlanta Jewish Times columnist Andrew Adler issues apology and resigns as editor-in-chief after suggesting Obama assassination in his weekly column; Did Lebanon literally go "No Logo" with blank billboards; A green economy could benefit Jordan vastly; Starbucks adds alcohol to the menu; Stuff Social Media Pros Say!
The future of Egypt's Jan 25 movement is likely to involve more work, less protest.
09:26 GMT
Jan 25's first anniversary is a date for many firsts of Egypt's new beginning, from Parliaments early days to the emergency law lift to the unexpected release of detained blogger Maikel Nabil. But there is still a hunger that sustains ongoing protests.

January 24, 2012

Arab League delivers a firm resolution, but will there be a firm outcome?
14:45 GMT
The summarized bullet points of the Arab League Resolution 7444 sans verbal frivolities; Are Libyans already nostalgic for Ghaddafi? ; Don't let your "blind spot" blind you from your full potential; Interview with writer Alexander McNabb, showing insights on writing and publishing.
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12:59 GMT
Victim's guilt plagues many Saudi women inflicted by domestic violence, as shown in these personal accounts; It seems that if you're female, all roads will lead to hell; One blogger's plea: Stop having babies! You're destroying the earth! ; If you choose to live in Lebanon, you will get stuck in an elevator; A difficult choice for one Palestine-based blogger.

January 23, 2012

In spite of SOPA/PIPA protests, is Google showing a censorship double standard?
14:28 GMT
In spite of SOPA/PIPA ban, Google's popular blogging forum still practices censorship in the name of so-called Copyright laws; Yemen's Saleh bids throne adieu, giving Yemen a new future; 5 regrets that dying people confront on their deathbeds.
Head of SCAF, Tantawi, faces rising pressure from all fronts. Photo: Reuters
11:24 GMT
Will the new parliament will end SCAF's influence ahead of presidential June election? ; YouTube sensation and founder of FouseyTube Yousef Erakat is facing criticism; Jordanian women want to pass their nationality to their children irregardless of father's nationality; Obesity in Lebanon- who knew! ; Is McCarthyism striking Israel's academics?

January 22, 2012

Twitter's Home page.
16:49 GMT
Think Media Labs have done a study on Lebanese politicians and their Twitter figures- the results are amusingly unsurprising; Surprise! People in Lebanon prefer to pick up money over litter off the streets; Is the situation in Bahrain devolving into civil war? ; Strikes heat up at West Bank's universities.