Blogs Roundup

September 6, 2014

Egyptian soldiers stand at attention.
09:17 GMT
A young Egyptian soldier goes on vacation and returns feeling a bit under the weather, so his commanding officer beats him to death with a stick; more, more, more emoticons! Lebanese people have funny food habits; and Iranians sympathize with Americans.

September 4, 2014

The Islamic State members in Iraq march in video grab.
15:08 GMT
The exactors of Sharia law in the new Islamic State are those of the IS movement so they publicly stoned a young man for all to see; Lebanese Christians are ready to fight IS, but they need to chill; and Egypt is randomly banning stuff.
This photo is a prime example of how not to take a selfie.
07:11 GMT
One Lebanese blogger has meticulously scoured the internet to find the absolute worst pictures one could take of themselves; Karl reMarks loses his mind ranking single digit numbers; and the IDF obliterates a dairy that funds an orphanage.

September 3, 2014

A man whose father was shot right before his eyes tells how the IDF then used him as a shield. (YouTube)
09:25 GMT
According to the UN and many rights organizations, during Israel's bombing of Gaza, on more than one occasion they used Palestinians as shields; updated boycott list; the West turning a blind eye on injustice in Bahrain; and Libya lacks everything.
Chadwick Boseman plays the Godfather of Soul James Brown in 'Get on Up!'.
07:22 GMT
In what has been deemed by one Arab reviewer as 'one of the year’s strongest performances', the biopic on James Brown is not to be missed; Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris calls for justice; and two state or one state, justice still needs to prevail.

September 2, 2014

Angelina Jolie-Pitt featured her wedding dress on Hello Magazine's cover.
11:55 GMT
As an apparent ode to her children, Angelina Jolie-Pitt wore a wedding dress adorned with various sketches all done by her own brood; don't mix God and business, please; and Jordan's Oasis500 is still going strong and pumping out businesses.
In Kuwait, scammers are targeting the ATM machines.
09:45 GMT
In Kuwait, a thief attached a small scanning device to the money machine, stole the users' info, and then sent it to the Dominican Republic; Tikrit is coveted by the Iraqi army; answering childish questions; and a Lebanese soldier is beheaded.

September 1, 2014

The leaders of the world are ignoring the ISIS slaughter of minorities. (Blog of the Boss)
07:36 GMT
So ice is bringing awareness to ALS. How about some leaders bringing the attention to the slaughtered minorities in Mosul by the ISIS! HTC is a bit late to the wearable party; and all Lebanese people have some moments in life they'd rather forget.
Writer and director Richard Linklater's movie 'Boyhood' took twelve years to make.
07:01 GMT
Writer and director Richard Linklater did the unthinkable; he made a movie about the adolescent life of a boy, from age 6 to 18, and used the same actor; an old father reunited with his solider son who was being held hostage; and who's got the best burgers in town?

August 31, 2014

An aerial view of Gaza after the 51 day assault by Israel. (YouTube)
08:33 GMT
On July 20th, Gaza was subjected to indiscriminate artillery bombardment by Israel that was so intense, it shocked even US military officers; imprisoned AJ staff member has a son; and Indians and Egyptians fight in Kuwait, two dead.
Pro-Palestinian British MP George Calloway was assaulted by an Israeli supporter.
07:40 GMT
British MP George Galloway was getting off a bus when someone not too pleased withthe MP's views took it upon themselves to beat him mercilessly; Seven MBs get life, 6 get death in Egypt; and how to burn Islamic flags without upsetting Muslims.

August 30, 2014

A contestant walks the catwalk to audition for MIss Egypt 23014 . (Facebook)
08:34 GMT
AFter a three year break (or hiding from the MB), the competition to find the beauty of Egypt has returned with 21 finalists ready to compete; the US sends weapons to the Lebanese Army; and the next way to govern ins Israel is war.

August 28, 2014

This chart shows the death toll in Gaza. ( @mohassouna )
10:08 GMT
Now that a ceasefire has been announced, numbers can be tallied from the carnage in Gaza: 102 elderly, 263 women and 577 children were killed by strikes; UAE to loan Egypt US$9 billion; and Assad is reforming everything with ATMs!
German Chancellor Merkel and Israeli PM Netanyahu have a cozy, awkward relationship.
09:18 GMT
It's time for for 'wholesale reform change' to stop the human rights abuses that Israel is inflicting upon Gaza, says the letter; a map of the religions in the Middle East; and a Lebanese news site features a satirical piece about McDonald's as fact.

August 27, 2014

The Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza is now open under the cease-fire agreement.
21:21 GMT
The border between Egypt and Gaza has been closed since Hamas took over in 2007. With this now open, aid can now be expedited to those suffering; 10 upcoming sequels to classic movies; and an Ammani resident fumes over traffic.