Blogs Roundup

October 24, 2011

Tunisia tastes first elections in the new post revolution era
14:04 GMT
Tunisia lays the foundation for a new Arab political system, forging the Arab Spring into its next phase, as it goes to the polls for the first time since the Revolution; Turkey tries to find its feet on shaken foundations post Eastern Earthquake; Palestinian prisoners take advantage of freedom with a romantic head-start; And Mrs. Assad perspective of her husband's crackdown.
Mahmoud Jibril, LIbya's interim ruler unveils a freed and Islamic plan for new Libya that embraces polygamy as an Islamic life-choice and re-embraces Islamic banking.
10:29 GMT
Will Islam be the Libyan way forward for the liberated and re-born Libya; Obesity is a world-wide killer; Rest in Peace Prince Sultan, while Saudi-aired TV soaps take three days off air as the Kingdom mourns its loss; And from Pharaohs to Arab Spring.

October 23, 2011

What Bush started, Obama is finishing off. The Iraq War pull-out, 2011.
22:33 GMT
The US is finally cutting the military chord with Iraq by pulling out its troops; While in the region Turkey has a devastating earthquake leaving at least a thousand dead; Prisoners escape in the chaos and Armenia expresses its sympathies for Turkey's calamity; Tunisia's revolutionary elections produce record women constituent results for the Middle East.
Ariel Sharon went into his coma in 2006. Many things have happened since then in the Middle Eastern landscape: 
The Lebanon Summer war for one, and more currently, the Arab Spring. Mubarak is ousted, Gaddafi is dead. His sworn enemy Palestine wants statehood.
14:41 GMT
On Ariel Sharon's weight loss while in coma, and finger reflexes showing signs of life; Syria should ban mirrors, suggests a blogger; Why 'we' write and why George Orwell 'wrote'; Facebook posting 'crimes' are still being punished in post-Mubarak Egypt; Whose side are they on anyway - Christian Arabs vilified & manipulated by the Western & Arab press; And Jordan's economy.
Celebrating newly-wedded bliss. Whether for love or convenience, the day of marriage does not always tell of the days ahead.
10:19 GMT
Love and marriage may go hand in hand - but consider the merits of arrangements & convenience in this computer analogy; When 'Marry me' does not disclose the first wife; Is Libya a job well done? Who is next in line to the Saudi throne; 'Foreign' plots to expose Saudi poverty come undone but this blogger is not convinced; And Tunisia's first Arab Spring election.

October 22, 2011

Mother and daughter, Aisha and Safia, share in their grief for father Gaddafi, and brother Muttassem. They witnessed,
together with the world-web-watching community, the last breaths their father and brother/ son took.
13:51 GMT
The trials and tribulations of being the daughter or wife of the former dead and now refrigerated dictator of Libya; Tracking down the rest of the Gaddafi clan; Gaddafi's very last words; and avoiding an awkward show-down pantomime trial.

October 19, 2011

Image source: the News Tribe. Fined for applying make-up mid-driving.
17:00 GMT
Perhaps Saudi ladies driving with the face-veil might be less likely to commit the offense of applying facial make-up while driving; Counting the costs of the prisoner-Shalit ransom exchange and the whiff of racism it exposed everywhere; Cheap and cheerful tablets; And Apple reviews its finances.
13:51 GMT
How speaking of poverty in Saudi Arabia hits a raw nerve; Hebron greets its own 'hostage' prisoners and gives them a Palestinian welcoming; While Israel is not happy with the Egyptian interview of their returned 'son'; Very enlightening 'inside' exclusive religious survey of Egypt; and how to say NO.

October 18, 2011

21:19 GMT
As Israel appeases hunger strikers by agreeing to an end to solitary confinement internment; Palestinian prisoners take 'first supper' as hunger strike is suspended; Feeling unworthy of love; Social Media like Journalism has rules of engagement - 5 Ws, 1 H; Having writer's block, read on; Tunisia's upcoming elections could teach Lebanon a lesson; & Beautiful old city Damascus.
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?