Blogs Roundup

July 26, 2011

This enraged Jordanian husband cut off his wife's lover's penis before handing it over to the police in a bag, after subjecting
 the cuckolder to sodomy and having his throat slit.
14:23 GMT
An enraged Jordanian husband hands over his cuckolder's penis to police in a bag; In separate incidents of 'honor' shock-killings, a father kills his daughter for late coffee and a brother kills sister for sex out of wedlock; Why Moms don't sleep; Farewell Fahman- a Lebanese favorite comedian's death is overshadowed by Amy Winehouse; Kuwait and Iraq still have issues.
Muhammad Mahdi Al-Jawahiri: This Iraqi, Arab poet lived from July 26, 1899 - July 27, 1997 and left us with prolific  revolutionary poems on the Arab cause and struggle for independence.
10:19 GMT
The rhyming Revolutionary Arab poet celebrated on the anniversary of his birth and eve of his death; on Palestinian Chicken and great sex as the road map to peace according to Jewish comedian Larry David; U.S. political speech decoded with an astute humor; Syrian art opens a window into the Syrian condition; and the positive correlation between poverty and dental horror.

July 25, 2011

Are Ramadan lights a case of Christmas copycat-ing? asks a blogger of this recent phenomenon lighting up Amman's streets. Photo courtesy of Ali Al-Shaikhli's iPhonography.
18:25 GMT
Trees are not just for Christmas: Ramadan is going to be a brightly lit affair in the region as celebratory fever takes hold in street decor; Judging Gaddafi for his crimes; Amman streets are not only aglow with festive lights, but hazard lights for all the pitfalls; It's going be a long, hot but dust-free Ramadan; and child-neglect.
Books, books, books! So many books, so little time!
10:59 GMT
Find out if you've read any or many of the UK's top 100 books, as deemed by the BBC; See what Scandinavian Arabs think of their 'racist' Norwegian gunman; Check out a Palestinian army of old in their manly army attire; Egyptian media processing their fledgling democracy; On being 'saved' by Islam; And the trend to Google plus-up when some have only just got Facebook sussed.

July 24, 2011

Amy Winehouse, a musical talent of today's generation, is dead at 27. She spent her artistic life drowning in the
the sordid world of drugs & alcohol abuse, but left us some class act hits and albums as her young legacy.
14:12 GMT
Amy Winehouse's life has been snuffed in a rock n roll fashion of living fast and dying young; Throwing into relief the imbalance in reportage on this Norwegian menace who left behind a trail of clues in ugly writings of virulent bigotry and hatred to Muslims (so the anti- archetypal Terrorist!) ; Social Media in a book; and the road to Jeita Grotto is a dump.
American media outlets have been criticized for their hasty and unbalanced coverage of these Norwegian deadly incidents, 
not least the New York Times who were hot off the press with their Al Qaeda finger pointing and Muslim culpability
 assumptions.
10:07 GMT
Feeling let down by unbalanced U.S. media coverage yet again re: the Norwegian case or Blond-Gate; Remembering the King David bombing July 22 '46- another Zionist terror perpetration that tried to duck the label of terror; and after revisiting Egypt's past on anniversary of Revolution July 23, 1952, a probing look into its future.

July 23, 2011

Anders Behring Breivik is the tall blonde suspect behind the shooting and bombing that devastated Oslo and Utoya. Said to
 be a "Christian Fundamentalist", he left 91 dead  between a government building and a youth camp site.
14:33 GMT
Digesting the Oslo attacks and the ramifications for global terror and our colored reaction to such home-brewed or right wing internal affairs as Oklahoma; Tourism fall-off in Lebanon requires damage control; Child-play and sleep- how differently children of the world live and sleep ; The Protest Song in Syria, is sung but unheard; What difference a name makes.

July 21, 2011

12:46 GMT
A blogger recounts (authentically we trust) father's harrowing tale of arrest and torture at the hands of Syrian 'old-hands' at administering brutality; News site bringing your more news forum aggregators, for the Gulf; More fun advertising that plays with fitness and tight unseemly clothes; and when a grandparent reaches toddlerhood.
Mubarak in his last months and arguably years of rule was, some say, fairly detached and 'faint' hearted as his medical condition deteriorated and others seized political advantage.
10:23 GMT
Says a respected Arab journalist through the mouth-piece of al-Hayat, this man is a man of honor now paying for holding on to power and its perks and right now he aspires for a rapid death; Can a woman have it all asks a lady in Saudi: husband, marriage, children and career? More women's issues from North Africa, a spot of fictional relief ; and 'sweet' relief from Palestine's desserts.

July 20, 2011

The Israeli navy intercepts Freedom Flotilla II more politely than on the occasion of last year's unwelcome visit by sea.
Looking out at sea:  one questions,  is it a bird, is it a plane... 'No it's a flotilla' comes the rejoinder-- the entire fleet in one
stray hanger on.
13:24 GMT
No high drama on the high seas this time round, but what exactly went on for the 'occupants' of the final flotilla ferry? Human trafficking concerns in the Gulf encompass more than just forced prostitution; Tips on quitting the UAE; Updates (not always current) on the world's slowest internet service: The Lebanon Connection.
Poor leaders, like poor film makers, make blundering decisions that can result in less fans and supporters from the
public and citizens and can be suicide for their careers. Ahmadinejad had an uprising on his hands when re-elected 2009. Bashar al-Assad is now passing punishment in place of reforms.
10:02 GMT
How to Middle Eastern leaders get it so wrong? Floping and nose-diving; Yet Jordan solves it's movie & cinema blockade issue without protests; Arabs need to wake up as they are still ;awakening; and mostly yet to rise up into the day let alone in opposition or protest, says Lama; remembering Lebanon's July War 5 years on; Amman has always had a voice & spoken says 'Hareega.'

July 19, 2011

The final Harry Potter for all Potter enthusiasts.
22:21 GMT
So Harry Potter is still going strong and turning tricks; women and shoes on the big screen; out of touch with the news outside the immediate region?- find out what's happening in Somalia; Some more wit from our favorite cartoon satirist Ink on the Side- what's your job again?
19:13 GMT
While the revolution was not about anti-Israel politics of the people, Egyptian music often still is; A woman in blue; More cross-breeding in the Social Media world- introducing a cross between Twitter and Facebook, called Scapegoat; TED does Yemen.

July 18, 2011

The SM rat-race has started: Google Plus invite apps have been doing the rounds and many are now building an impressive friend 'count' or gaining a head-start on the non-starters.
13:27 GMT
Google Plus- the lowdown and review; A dip back into Bahrain's political back-bench; kicking off on a sunny day; Hacked FB accounts in Abu Dhabi are Social Media hazard; What to do in Jordan this summer and in a Jordan that's kicking off again in the protest tournaments.
Garbage bin designs can be made to blend into their environment rather than conventional black, bright yellow
or orange plastic tips. Match your bin to your terrace or garden wall.
11:28 GMT
Kuwait doesn't always let it's garbage or waste disposal 'spoil' the scene; slating more audacious Lebanese billboard ad campaigns; When film tastes clash over politics of the subcontinent; A love-letter shared; and the order of identity for Arab Muslims- Islam first, or Syrian or Arab?