July 11, 2011
A step-by-step guide to shaming your Arab parents by acts that might not bother 'other' parents; Hide and seek from a traumatized recollection; Mocking job-listings in Arabia; innovations in language learning that lend a modern sexy multi-media note to English learning from Turkey.
July 10, 2011
Moving on from that Arab Spring, we greet the Arab Summer; Websites, portals, blogs and the thin but significant lines between these new-age content forms; How dictators profit from the internet and manipulate it to stamp out democracy; Trends in business ventures in Jordan; and remembering Mubarak's torture crimes.
Check out this comic sketch or cartoon prayer for PhDs; 10 reasons no one is interested in your Blog; Supporting Gaddafi against Nato bombings- when a 'friend' turns foe; Blogger missing in Syria is neither gay nor female; typing without finger tapping; and London sings for Syria.
July 9, 2011
The audacity of piloting a plane while drunk and more so while in a 'dry' region as Kuwait; anti-Semetic found on a Jewish Judge's website; identity and guilt when describing yourself as a Palestinian whose home is elsewhere; the decadence of printing chocolate lettering; and comparing the quagmire of Lebanese politics to League football is helpful; When to not worry.
July 7, 2011
Could Facebook literally cause Arab revolution? Why Abu Dhabi is on the balance with FB integrating Skype
Why Abu Dhabi could tip the balance of 'stable' Gulf states during this revolution season if Skype gets sneakily re-introduced through the pesky Facebook; Begging children at Mecca; Occupied, camp-dwelling Palestinians do not have the 'status' to revolt.
A country's nightmares treated: Israel admits its problems and sickness and claims to be a traumatized victim of flotilla hysteria-- take a look at this latest Israeli campaign to sink the Flotilla movement; On business class travelers or self-believing first class passengers to Beirut; East Jerusalem has a drug problem; and Israel enters into the blog-warfare fray via Al Jazeera.
From Jordan to Singapore: Preaching on being a first-class prostitute- to keep husbands happy and societies ills at bay; taxing movies in Jordan may put a halt on new release showings; Lebanon ranks high in Rule of Law index for the MENA region; Facebook wants to be Skype.
July 6, 2011
Fox News broadcast via its social media Twitter the death of President Barak Obama; Turning an already unideal landscape into something even less pretty- the case for aesthetic Jordan by the Ugly Duckling; Courage is fighting by flotilla; and the Lancet uncovers the devastating impact of occupation on mothers- in- labor at checkpoints; and relying on the internet during revolution.
These young things have less of an idea of hard graft; Food for thought in how the end goals we seek to obtain are nothing without the journey or sacrifice behind them-- i.e. free goals are worth less!; Stop 'liking' on Facebook! ; Iran set to launch its own internet (not just domain or social network, but internet) and building castles in cyberspace.
July 5, 2011
One blogger shares 13 advertisements that struck him by their flare; Staying with the flotilla come rain or shine; Islam seen through Bible classes; and Bahrain delivers some interesting statistics courtesy of Al Jazeera.
Peruse a Jordanian woman's dream travel destinations; keeping an eye on Hama- its history has not become a relic in its death-stained past just yet; This July 4th entry is scathing, so don't expect any USA, USA!; a flailing flotilla plight- an interview with an activist, nipped in the bud; and find out about the power, or even definition, of crowd-sourcing in Egypt.
July 4, 2011
Top psychedelic movies: Space Odyssey is in there- but many other are relatively obscure and should maybe be watched with your feet firmly on the ground; new traffic light technology to save costs where these traffic signals are often wasted on a free-wheeling population (more Lebanon than some more observant of the red orange and green); Iraq today; more Palestine.
Labneh semantics are political in the western 'Mezzeh' consuming world; the campaign to float the flotilla as far as Gaza and to sabotage it's landing peaks today; we've touched on the Greeks, now back to the 'Geeks' and search engine possibilities; Lebanon, where marketing power-generators is a bad sign for Lebanon's electrical dreams; a new Egyptian newspaper- Tahrir Daily; and reporting this year's tourist season in Lebanon.
July 3, 2011
Spreading the anti-Sexual harassment campaign to the Far East in Muslim/ Hindu India; Nasrallah's theatrical reaction to the Special Tribunal Lebanon (STL) indictment; Google challenges Facebook; Geometric warfare between mobile phone companies; Aleppo is being protected by the army from the rest of Syria; and roadtraffic ticket scourge penalizes Kuwaiti drivers.
These Arabs are known among the Palestinian wider Arab world of 'stereotyping', but are not usually articulated in this explicit fashion like every unspoken reality in the region. Israel does not hold the monopoly on moral bankruptcy as Greece steps in tow; keeping it local with a blogger's mid-blog-life crisis? confessiosn of sexual harassment; stepping outside of our region to Haiti;