Blogs Roundup

January 8, 2012

Syria is still at the mercy of "kidnapper" Bashar Al-Assad. (Image source: "blogs.voanews.com")
11:24 GMT
A Lebanese blogger gives his prognosis on the situation in Syria; Twitter: Welcome to the jungle; Is Qatar playing the role of peace-keeper with the Taliban? ; The US Ambassador in Yemen sticks his foot in his mouth.

January 7, 2012

The Tunisian stamps that honor Bouazizi and the Arab Spring. (Image source: "philamirror.info")
14:10 GMT
In honor of Bouazizi's martyrdom, the Tunisian government releases stamps celebrating the "icon of the Arab Spring"; Is the NUIS more of an Israeli government tool than a protector of student rights? ; Israel is training children as border control; Yet another reason to fear the internet; Internet memes reach Jordan's protest banners!

January 5, 2012

Unions between husband and wife can lead to getting to know a side of your significant other you didn't want to know. (Image source: "thenational.ae")
13:32 GMT
A Saudi bride seeks divorce over her husband's bizarre behavior; Moroccan man kidnaps and cooks up a stew of three-year-old infant victim; Israel could be building another wall- on the Lebanese border; Muhannad & Samar are back!
Downtown Amman. (Image source: "mahjoob.com")
09:43 GMT
10 ways Ammani citizens can make their native city a better place; An 8-year-old boy is Iraq's youngest photographer; Kafa continues its battle for criminalizing marital rape; Is Ron Paul the answer to our political dreams?

January 4, 2012

Kafa is trying to take gender violence out of the bedroom. (Image source: "improvwisdom.blogspot.com")
12:48 GMT
NGO Kafa is targeting marital rape as a criminal act, but is that enough? ; Looking back and looking forward, a Jordanian blogger is trying to find the middle ground in 2012; With news of it possibly opening an embassy in Qatar, is the Taliban America's friend now? ; And so phase three begins for the Egyptian elections.
"'We’ll bring you from Sharm you naughty Souna.' The quote refers to frustration at Mubarak’s taking refuge in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh after he was ousted from Cairo by protests." (Image and quote courtesy of: "clpmag.org")
09:59 GMT
Read on if you think that you would rather have pizza than a revolution or if you're not sure what you should be doing on 13/13/2013; Explore New Year's Eve firework displays from all over the world; According to one orthodox Jewish man, a female standing among men warrants the term slut; Israel and Palestine are meant to talk peace in Jordan.

January 3, 2012

The exhibition displays different stories from across Palestine. (Image source: "Jenny Baboun")
12:56 GMT
From a mode of oppression to a symbol of peaceful defiance, the "Wall Museum" in Bethlehem conveys the Palestinian spirit; A young Jordanian man defies his social background and accepts the hard truth- He's gay; 12 Lebanese "Birds" worth your hashtags; Start the new year with a spot of book shopping.
Harsh aftermaths: A Palestinian woman collecting used tear gas cartilages.
09:51 GMT
The Arab women that made a difference over the region in 2011- good and bad; A blogger shows concern over pan-Arab politics affecting his native homeland; Bright lights, bright city with the Burj Khalifa's fireworks celebrating New Year's Eve; A blogger celebrates the fifth year of his blog and highlights his top entries for 2011.

January 2, 2012

The truth about Syria isn't beyond reach after all. (Image source: "Majalla.com")
12:58 GMT
A Lebanese blogger brings forth an article detailing exactly what the Syrian regime is up to and why it doesn't want the world to know about it; Top Arab blogs you should check out; Being gay isn't a disability and should be used as such; Start 2012 with George Orwell's 1984.
In spite of the seriousness of the Arab Spring, the Middle East hasn't lost its sense of humor. (Image source: "owni.eu")
10:10 GMT
Celebrating the LOL-factor of the Arab Spring, the Springies give out awards to its more overlooked amusing elements; The Dark Knight's Joker can sum what is going on in Egypt morally and politically; Surprise! Astrologists are a sham. Who knew.

December 31, 2011

The year of technology and innovation: the blogosphere was definitely buzzing in 2011. (Image source: "lazytechguys.com")
09:55 GMT
Lebanese blog Beirut Spring looks back on its biggest 11 non-political blog entries this year; The top 13 movies for 2011; 2011 was a year of ups and downs for two very different bloggers for many different reasons; For Lebanese residents, beware those power outages on New Year's Eve; One talented photographer looks back on his best work in 2011.

December 29, 2011

Palestinians in Gaza could be facing another war.
12:12 GMT
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) attempt to justify their recent attack on Gaza; One Palestinian blogger's ultimate rebellion against the Israelis? Being happy and living life; Top 13 American movies to keep on your radar in 2012; Kuwait could ban Shisha smoking in public; Could a queer community thrive in Jordan?
From the streets to the blogosphere, Syrians are making their concerns known.
10:12 GMT
Three different bloggers are feeling the burn of concern for Syria's plight. Each gives their piece of mind on what needs doing, but the general consensus is to be weary of foreign intervention on all fronts.

December 28, 2011

From protesters to entrepreneurs, they have all been redefined by technology this year.
12:20 GMT
What do social networks, government bans and online start-ups have in common? They changed Middle Eastern tech history, of course; One blogger's hopes for Egypt in 2012; Realistic ways to lose that weight- and keep it off; Hope for a return to Lebanon's Golden Age; An awkward situation involving a Lebanese passport and a flight to Tel Aviv.
One cartoonist depicts the "unstoppable" nature of Ali Ferzat and his counterparts. (Image courtesy of: "halltoons.blogspot.com")
10:15 GMT
Ali Ferzat soars this month by winning two international journalist awards; Is the Islamist majority in Egypt's parliament a threat to its Coptic population? ; Egypt's "Virginitygate" leads to ban on "virginity checks"; Kuwait is set to ban private Twitter accounts; Are polar extremes in idealogical thought standing in the way of understanding suicide bombings? One blogger believes so.