Blogs Roundup

August 9, 2011

The Big Smoke: London's being looted and burnt.
09:51 GMT
The London Riots which made London's count as the Big Smoke, particularly last night, as people exclaimed: "London's Burning" and how they measure up to the Arab Spring; Back to musing on the Arab Uprisings; Somalia is still starving; and the Syrian regime is facing external Arab Opposition in the anti-Assad Arabian coalition.

August 8, 2011

Iraq-Iran War ended 23 years ago today: Iraq's Victory Day. Times have fallen since then.
14:10 GMT
The anniversary of Iran/ Iraq; On the counter revolution to keep the Muslim Brotherhood out of Egyptian power led internally by the man who Twitter mocked Islam; Syrian sources are far and few between but a soldier speaks out- whether he speaks truth or not; Traveling around the world in a minute; and Palestine is going back to basics.
Tracing the evolution of the internet - through Google- over time. This just from 2008 and already looking 'dated'.
08:49 GMT
World's first website celebrates its 20th birthday- 20 years today since the internet struck a 'revolutionary' chord in the Middle East; not losing sight of the bigger picture that is Palestine; What's the difference between a film and a movie? Mubarak was pro-Revolution Jan 25!

August 7, 2011

"Leave", say Israeli citizens in Hebrew and Arab- in recognition of the Arab revolutionary precedent that they follow.  Dubbed “Israeli Tahrir,” by some. Picture posted on YFrog from Twitter.
12:06 GMT
Israeli protests both claim to be more slick and professional than neighbors at Tahrir, but also do concede that the Palestine question needs to be addressed within these issue holistically; Whose Feminism is it anyway? The return of a food chain for 'hungry' Ramadan fasters, 'Clamping' down on VIP road users in the Gulf; and Mr. Bean's Back with more hair-raising escapades.
It is not considered likely that one of the democratic freedoms to come out of the Arab Spring would be female candidacy for
 the role of president or Arab leader.
09:21 GMT
Can women post Arab-Spring be presidents? We very much doubt it; Austria gives Syria a good hiding in economic terms; What the people really think of the Syrian regime; An 'Arab' excursion to Filistin with a difference- meeting Arabs in a Palestine setting; Ever heard of the game Connect 4? Well try Connect 5 in a blog game-frame.

August 6, 2011

A substantive segment of the male population in the Middle East will insist on marrying a virgin.
16:45 GMT
One blogger asks the question of males giving them particular scenarios of why the virginity was lost; Ramadan's top venues in Amman- What's hot, what's not? Gamers from Lebanon and Arabia can welcome in a new Cyber forum for gaming; A Palestine soap opera this Ramadan; And Muslim statistics on Shariaa penalties throw up surprises.

August 4, 2011

Garlic, this harmless looking plant bulb, can be social suicide.
15:49 GMT
Explanation of the root of the problem with garlic and straight-up solutions to alleviate the deadly smell; From Tahrir to Martyr: A picture story of Beirut's Martyr Square; An interview with an authority on Syria; Why Mubarak and Saddam's trials are not the same; Revving up the internet in Lebanon; And Ramadan rituals in Gaza.
Single White Females might have got a bad rap from the Hollywood film that focused on copycat and stalker behavior,;and
here in the Middle East, this contingent of society are a threat or at least not familiar territory.
13:40 GMT
If you're over 25, female and unmarried and in the Middle East, you're going to face a torrent of questions- so here's a taste; Car window tints are illegal, even in Arabia where the sun is scorching and conservative is understood; More classics from the advertising world of Lebanon; Harry Potter speaking Syrian:dialect: Is this a dubbing trick or a magic trick?

August 3, 2011

A man found 'smoked' to death in a locked air-tight room in his home in Dora, Beirut, with his Arguileh pipe.
13:55 GMT
Sad but true: a man was found in his bedroom in Beirut dead by Sheesha/ Arguileh/ Hookah, if you prefer; Angry Arab railing at the privileged Jewish faith compared to the suppressed, policed Islamic one; Raising millions, but still not feeding Somalia's starving young; Robert Fisk offers insights into the fate & fall-out of Mubarak on trial; and Dear Mr. President, with love Palestine.
Israel has a 'Middle Class', in the words of Haaretz, protest for change.
11:44 GMT
Israel joins the people power Mideast wave of protests- sweeping Palestine aside while it focuses on domestic middle class issues, as better housing; Another social media hoax Arab woman-identity investigated (Liliane Khalil); Remembering Kuwait's day of Invasion by aggressor Iraq; What's Saudi Arabia protesting or not protesting? And cross-dressing in Arabia.

August 2, 2011

Caffeine may not be the healthiest thing in high doses, but it does the job getting you through the day and is enjoyable a treat too. If you've got coffee on the brain during this fasting season, then here's some ideas for after sun-set!
13:49 GMT
At this fasting hour when a lot of you are without caffeine at work, here's fantasizing about coffee; How did Saudi Arabia kill the Arab Spring or at least take the spring out of its step; Background into the Charter for Compassion mission, and tying it into 30 kind deeds for Ramadan; A new mosque for Ramadan in Dubai; and some advertising wonders with LED in Times Square, NY.
Ramadan Lessons: 30 Days Challenge, Day 2- Smile!
11:33 GMT
Just because you are fasting doesn’t mean that smiling will kill you, says our Ramadan Challenger; There's room for more than one lesson a day in Ramadan- try Compassion; A flavor of childhood Ramadans in the UAE; Never too late; A little harsh word, and a dressing down, on Ramadan practices today.

August 1, 2011

Living on a tight budget when in a foreign country can be quite a challenge, and student life offers its own temptations when it comes to spending -- if it's not books, it's the latest technology and easy dining out, not to mention those Starbucks/ Caribou/ Costa coffees.
17:14 GMT
Saving money when studying abroad can be a challenge for Saudi students as much as the next; On the timing (not appropriate to any season) of the pre-Ramadan Syrian slaughter; and a Christian invited to Ramadan Iftar; or a Muslim searching for Ramadan in a Christian spot in the Middle East.
Testing the patience of the hungry and irritable can lead to road rage: A big concern or issue at Ramadan time in the region becomes traffic jams during the time leading up to breaking fast or 'Iftar'. 
In Cairo this pile up phenomenon can be felt around 3 hours before Iftar hour, if not before.
09:32 GMT
As one bloggers sets herself the challenge of striving to fulfill the challenges of Ramadan picking lessons to focus on, we can join her journey: Today is Patience; Ramadan modified; An appeal for Somalia's starvation; Tweet for Gaza from the Holy Land in the Holy Month.
This Ramadan 2011 poses a lot more challenges than usual- and not just regarding the resilience required by the fast.
00:02 GMT
Monday kicks off the Holy Month- so wishing you blessings for Ramadan; No divorces this Ramadan in at least one spot of the Muslim 'kingdom'; Reports from Egypt on sectarian relations on the dawn of the Holy Month; Syria tries to stifle Muslim expression in Hama on the Eve of Ramadan; And an Atheist challenges Muslims' steadfastness and faith this month.