Blogs Roundup

August 5, 2014

John  Stewart continues to rail against America's blind support for Israel.
13:21 GMT
Funny man and social commentarian John Stewart says America is like a drug dealer who sells to Israel and then says, "Don't do drugs!"; throwing rice at weddings can be harmful; and Syrian musician Hello Psychaleppo is turning heads.

August 4, 2014

17:47 GMT
Rachel Weinstein is an Israeli blogger for the Times of Israel who is gaining weight because of the stress of the Gaza conflict. The responses to her 'dilemma' have been overwhelmingly words of rebuke, sighs of disbelief and overall disgust.
Nadine Al Budair is one of ten Saudis voted most beautiful for 2014.
15:28 GMT
Bye-bye stereotypes of all Saudis wearing head coverings and robes. These KSA celebrities are very easy on the eyes; a step-by-step guide on how to not be a moron at the beach; and Syrians continue to be bombed by their own government.

August 3, 2014

The issue of sex is a much avoided topic in Saudi Arabia. (Sex and Beyond)
22:54 GMT
The question many have wondered but never dared to ask has now been answered respectfully and truthfully by a Saudi professor; all the juicy gossip you may have missed from Lebanon last week; and anti-war protestors march in Tel Aviv.
Images from Gaza like these are being spread all over social media.
15:23 GMT
Blood and death are a reality on the ground in Gaza but one blogger thinks that posting the images online indeed crosses a line of decency; LG responds to the claim that their watch burns skin; and playing at the pool is no option in Gaza.

August 2, 2014

Hamas claims that the captured Israeli soldier may have been killed by the Israeli bombings.
22:40 GMT
As Israel pounds Gaza in search for their captured soldier, Hamas declares that they have lost communication with the group that took him; iPhone 5s can save lives; first-hand account of escaping Gaza; and helping Mosul's Christians who've fled to Lebanon.

July 31, 2014

Russell Brand railing on Sean Hannity about his bullying techniques. (YouTube)
13:58 GMT
Fox News anchor Sean Hannity was a big bully with a Palestinian American but comedian and emerging activist Russell Brand set him straight; if you're gonna hire a maid, do it right! and life in a Syrian refugee camp is all about survival.

July 30, 2014

Ink on the Side shares just how awkward a kiss can be in Lebanon.
19:34 GMT
When a Lebanese relative greets family at the door, what style of kiss should they implement? Is it the snail kiss, the wireless kiss or worse, the awkward kiss; shopping in Lebanon has never been more of a hassle; and Obama may lift sanctions on Iran on his own.

July 29, 2014

Roman Catholic Pontiff Francis shared how he maintains happiness in a broken world.
19:46 GMT
Without sidestepping the harsh realities of ongoing war, Pope Francis told journalist Paul Calvo his ten tips to finding happiness; marrying a Saudi is not at all easy to do; and the power of social media in crushing Israel's international reputation.

July 27, 2014

A Palestinian boy stands next to his donkey outside a UN school where he and his family took refuge in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya early on July 16, 2014, after evacuating their house. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
16:37 GMT
Gaza is a modern-day dystopia, and the international community must act; Could Gaza's chaos be the end of Netanyahu; America has a responsibility to offer asylum to Iraqis and Afghans who helped the war effort; Cartoon depictions of John Kerry's diplomatic missions.

July 26, 2014

Masked Palestinian militants in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, June 12, 2014 (AFP/MOHAMMED ABED).
19:09 GMT
Israel's ongoing assault on the Gaza strip is only strengthening Hamas; Twenty years after Rwanda, the US is still reticent to use the G word amid civilian massacres; Israel, Gaza and the US are strangely similar to Russia, Ukraine, and a downed airliner; For Israelis and Palestinians Peace Must Not Be The Last Casualty.

July 24, 2014

An Israeli soldier stands guard as a Palestinian family is interrogated for the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Babk
13:54 GMT
Israeli reservist soldiers create petition refusing to serve; Iraqi minorities face unprecedented discrimination; Returning home is the only real solution to he plight of the Palestinians.

July 23, 2014

Injured in Zionist attacks, patients sit in Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Gaza. (AFP)
13:20 GMT
Why the Palestinians should push for membership in the International Criminal Court; Gaza residents spend Ramadan constantly afraid of death as Israeli warplanes and drones roar overhead; The Arab World's Christian community faces a time of harsh persecution.

July 22, 2014

(Image from Allagta's facebook page)
19:54 GMT
A Palestinian artists shares his story of peaceful resistance by means of cartoons; A day in the life of a Palestinian in Gaza; Debates rage in Turkey over how much skin women should show; Is Israel fighting for its existence?
Hamas fighters (AFP)
06:30 GMT
From 1994-2014, how repeated peace attempts in Gaza and Palestine never gave the Palestinians any room to breath; A former Israeli ambassador makes the case for demilitarizing Hamas; Why Israel embracing the Palestinian unity government would lead to peace.