Blogs Roundup

September 3, 2011

Turkey's relationship with Israel has been an on-off love affair with distinct hot-cold moments. 
After the lack of apology by Israel for the deadly Flotilla raid, comes a detente.
12:44 GMT
Turkey's move to evict their Israeli ambassador signifying a freeze on diplomatic relations between the two once firm friends shows that 'sorry' can save a lot of summits and round-table talks; Good Dictators, Bad Dictators- about as complex as US cops; A Drive to clean the Dead Sea in Jordan; wounds over Eid; And Aisha Gaddafi strikes a pose...

September 1, 2011

Oil refinery: Al-Doura, Iraq. A country home to the the world’s third-largest oil reservoir, Iraq's oil fields are seen to play a significant role in Geo-political strategy for the region.
07:00 GMT
A flawed understanding of Western motivations leaks across the Arab world: Iraq and Libya have both suffered sanctions by the West and have both got wells of oil; A Palestinian protest set to disrupt settler plans to party; "Think-Driving is still better than Drink-Driving"; Steve Jobs gets a tribute apple; And Boxing your memories.

August 29, 2011

Steve Jobs’ Syrian father, Abdulfattah John Jandali, speaks up in an emotional account of his (non)relationship with boy
genius Mac-mastermind. The 80 year-old fears he will never communicate with his son, even from each's respective 'deathbed'.
12:00 GMT
Steve Jobs’ biological Syrian immigrant father, Abdulfattah John Jandali speaks to public of his guilt at giving son up for adoption; From paperback to iMac!- a bookworm shares her satisfaction with Apple; in other Syrian smart-phone news, detained Android service (or 'Ardroid') for Arabic users-Ar-droid- founder released; Does your lover 'like' you on Facebook?
Queen Rania gives Arabs fighting for freedoms and light from dark oppression a torch of hope, as a celebrated world figure- who Tweets and radiates hope on the world stage.
09:51 GMT
Queen Rania comes in at a proud 53 in the Forbes' Power List: World's 100 Most Powerful Women; as Lebanon can celebrate having its first ever Olympic swimmer, Katya Bachrouche, in London 2012; 10 Reasons to Quit Pornography and why it porn addiction is dangerous; Palestinian body parts trafficked by Israel; And find out what Syria's only hope is.

August 28, 2011

Oliver trees in Palestine are treasured by residents in the agricultural sector for their economic value, as well as by
others for their historical significance, their grandiose appearance and cultural worth to a besieged heritage.
13:50 GMT
Palestine's 'green' olive revolution; and a series of Lebanon bloggers back to their posts: reporting on the longest bar in the world - hosted of course by Beirut, and thoughts on August; and TED Beirut lessons shared. Have you ever really imagined being alone this 21st century, i.e. phone-free, computer free and solitary just for a while; And Egypt is still chronicled.
In New Delhi, history was made in Parliament August, 2011 by Anna-Hazare, the marathon faster who protested his people-right to have his voice heard.
10:53 GMT
Anna Hazare wins for the people, and breaks 13- day long power- fast, saying "No" to corruption in Indian government; If you didn't know yet and don't want to wait til his official biography's release next year, more low down on Steve Jobs' Arab American identity; People in photos of Tripoli, Lebanon (not Libya); Couch surf the Middle East; Hired help in old-time US & maids in Jordan today.

August 27, 2011

Condoleezza Rice and Muammar Gaddafi meet in Tripoli 2008; but the visit stayed in Gaddafi's heart a lot longer it would seem, if the photo album found in Gaddafi's den is anything to go by.
19:05 GMT
Gaddafi's secret stash of Condaleeza Rice photos reveals a crush or phot-album's worth of admiration; Homosexuals and Islam- a word from Kugle on coming out twice; Learning Islam independently of family; 27th August and those last holy nights of Ramadan; a look at the pro-Assad side; And Metrosexual or Gay?

August 25, 2011

Photo of Steve Jobs courtesy of Ali Lars. Who is the man behind the Mac.? And why are we so sad, if not surprised, to see his departure from the helm of Apple Computers.
13:44 GMT
Who is Steve Jobs? Get to know the MAN beyond the MAC; He's a Jolly Good Tyrant - rendition of the classic- jolly good fellow; Vienna's the choice Mecca for Muslims; Google plus is hotting up jump now on the bandwagon and see for yourself says Roba; and the Syrian struggle battled out in United States policy; Holiest night for Ramadan...
Stepping down, but not away from Apple's limelight: Steve Jones' biological or natural father is Syrian Abdulfattah Jandali, but 
he was raised by his adoptive parents in the United States.
10:34 GMT
Resigning from the Apple spotlight as CEO but stepping over to chairman on the Apple board: biologically half Syrian Muslim, Steve Jobs' demise saddens the world and our region; Lebanon's Internet Revolution is better later than never; Measuring Lebanon's internet against Kuwait's; Where on earth is Gaddafi; And the Arab internet uprising.

August 24, 2011

The allure of a wedding ring on a man's finger is sometimes not just for the bride: Affairs with married men are age old, 
but today's trend indicates that home-wrecking is less taboo and more en-vogue in Lebanese circles than yester-year.
12:47 GMT
Too many ladies, not enough bachelors: In some Lebanon circles, apparently, the ring on the left hand is 'in'- rather than married men 'out'; Can you tell the age of a shirt like a tree?; Americans on the world; Arab Art in Time!; 7 Mideast tech personalities to 'circle' on G +; The Norwegian is not a terrorist! Saving Mother Earth; And Spending millions on 'free' celebrities' wedding.
Tripoli of North Lebanon gets dragged onto the Libyan crisis map, just when we thought Beirut had become a place of peace.
10:12 GMT
Just when you thought Lebanon had nothing to do with this Middle East drama, 'Tripoli' drags it into the frame!; Renaming of squares is the revolutionary habit and Googlemap re-writes Libya; Finding the right mosque for you is like house-hunting; Saudi Arabia belly-dances; An American fasts Ramadan in Jordan; And 'Shower Crisis' steals attention from the region.

August 23, 2011

Colonel Gaddafi's wardrobe must be a treat to play dress-up with, one would imagine, going by the spectacle of color and variety, and tent-like cloths.
21:30 GMT
A Libyan rebel shares his fancy-dress play with Gaddafi's wardrobe; Libya V. Iraq- let it not be the same as the Iraqi invasion this time; Internet returns to Libya; And that superhero in Egypt "Flagman" is appearing everywhere.

August 22, 2011

Goodbye Gaddafi from all your 'fans'.
13:22 GMT
Goodbye Gaddafi, it's been memorable- traumatic for those involved, and cruelly entertaining for the rest; Keeping the Ramadan mood alive; and not forgetting that Somalia's hardships are not over just cause the media's covered them or Saudi is reaching out to them; Social Media's awakening backtracked; and Spiderman, aka Flagman, of Egypt is the people's hero
A scene from the movie He's Just Not that Into You, 2009.
11:34 GMT
Ladies, he's just not that into you! How to recognize if your man wants you; An Israeli voice and solution on Gaza; Dubai the New York of Arabia; It might be Ramadan 'n' all, but should we forgive reckless behavior and public damage; and know your real rose water from diluted versions.

August 21, 2011

A Madagascar lady sought a career in nursing and found herself playing house-doctor as a domestic servant in Lebanon.
14:07 GMT
All Lebanon and a touch of Egypt (via Palestine): How I became a maid, tells a Madagascar woman of her trap into servant-hood in Lebanon; Admitting to being anti-social and still Lebanese; Swimming and beach tips for Lebanon (not that the Lebanese need help at tanning and keeping cool beach side); Transport Do's and Don't's for Lebanon's traffic conundrum.