Blogs Roundup

May 5, 2014

A Lebanese man 'beats' his wife at a marathon to raise awareness for women. (YouTube)
07:00 GMT
This staged beating was meant to illicit some sort of response from a crowd marching for battered women. Did it work? Roll the tape! An open letter from a grieving Israeli to his government; sad stories from Syria; and the truth on Lebanese beaches.

May 4, 2014

A user at his laptop.
18:21 GMT
A Lebanese man gets robbed at gunpoint and loses his laptop. He finds his only means of resolution is to tell the thief directly how he feels; this week in Amman; the reason Russia hates the West; and Palestinians remember those who are on hunger strike.
A microscope slide of the deadly SARS virus.
07:59 GMT
This virus basically attack the respiratory system and like many other possible pandemics, it is not staying in one place; If Syria has to ditch their weapons, why not the US and Russia as well? and the US calls out Israeli Settlers as terrorists.

May 3, 2014

Tom Cruise before and after having his teeth fixed . (GlamRoz)
08:36 GMT
Oh, that Tom Cruise smile could melt a snowball in Alaska! Well, he and dozens more weren't always so stunning in the smile. In fact, some were downright scary; HTC One M8 Review; Prayer for Egypt; and Lebanese lasses stealing the global spotlight.

May 1, 2014

FC Barcelona player Dani Alves eats a banana a fan threw at him. (YouTube)
15:44 GMT
As a Brazilian of dark complexion, Danny Alves has experienced racist taunts before. This time, when a fan threw a banana at him, he ate it! Hookah on the go; this weekend in Kuwait; Egyptian traffic app has over one million downloads; and big brows in Beirut.

April 30, 2014

American actor George Clooney and fiancé Amal Allamuddin
21:53 GMT
In a Druze town in Lebanon’s Chouf district, the Allamuddin's shared,"He (Clooney) is all of Baaqline’s in-law now, every single one of us"; a new Jordanian law makes support equal to engagement in terrorism; and NY ends ten years of spying on Muslims.
Egyptian Activist and blogger  Bassem Sabry dead at age 31. (Egyptian Chronicles)
10:02 GMT
After fainting from lack of sugar, activist Bassem Sabry fell off of his balcony to his death at the young age of 31. His legacy of beautifully and articulately laying out what is wrong with his own country will undoubtedly live forever.

April 29, 2014

A pair of women's underwear with a portrait of Former Egyptian General Sisi emblazoned on the front. (Arab News Blog)
15:00 GMT
The Egyptian people have not only jumped on the Sisi bandwagon, they are now adoring their hopeful leader with all types of tacky merchandise; Qatari getting a bad rap; public Saudi thoughts on life; and the 11 people you'll find at an Arab family reunion.
A Lebanese boy stands on a beach in Lebanon.
07:00 GMT
While it may not be clear from governmental websites, it is now good to go in terms of flying to Lebanon and having the time of your life; Hezbollah's efforts in Syria are counter productive; and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry affronts Israel.. sorta.

April 28, 2014

George Clooney and his fiancé Amal Alamuddin.
15:02 GMT
It seems every media outlet has a different angle on American beefcake George Clooney's fiancé Amal. One thing they all agree on- she's a catch! Tunisians support their rebels; devil worshipping in Kuwait; and defining the Muslim Brotherhood.
Israel vs Palestine done by RAP NEWS 24 (YouTube)
07:00 GMT
A group of Australian friends tries to sum up what is going on in the Holy Land with this killer rap and they come out on the side of the Palestinians- or do they? Furniture made out of Arabic letters; the Qatari version of a drive thru; and Egyptian youth protest Anti-Protest law.

April 27, 2014

Google Plus may not be so positive anymore.
20:17 GMT
The brains behind Google's challenge to Facebook was Vic Gundotra and he just flew the coop. Looks like Google Plus is about to die; Beirut before and after the war photos; Ma'an in Jordan is out of control; and Iran silences another reformist paper.
A memorial to the over 1.5 million Armenians killed at the hands of the Turks.
09:37 GMT
When she was three, Joumana Haddad's grandmother saw most of her family killed before her very eyes. When she was 67, she could take the memories no more; spoiled food in Kuwaiti stores; ET's home found; and the Alawite's history speaks to their present.

April 26, 2014

A Palestinian woman outside of al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
17:45 GMT
Muslims are fearful that the Israeli Jews will take over the site of their holy mosque and sixteen Muslims were arrested for protesting outside of it; 17 year old whiz kid arrested; warlords becoming Presidential candidates; and this week in Amman.

April 25, 2014

A Saudi women gets ready to marry.
21:31 GMT
A female Arab blogger seems to have it all figured out- between overprotective mothers and sexual double standards, it's not easy getting hitched; Happy Sinai Liberation Day; Syria is a Kingdom of Madness; and looking at old files is like finding a time capsule.