Blogs Roundup

July 20, 2014

This picture to prove Hamas has kidnapped an Israeli solider is said to be an old photo. (Twitter)
22:11 GMT
Whether it is true or not, the social media sphere is going crazy with alerts that Hamas has taken an IDF soldier captive; Fuad Massoum for Iraqi President; mope deaths in Gaza; and Sisi mourns with the country over the dead soldiers.

July 19, 2014

19:07 GMT
Drones prove a bane, not a boon, to global security; Hamas sends drones into Israeli airspace; Why using Yemen as a model will undermine US policy in the Middle East.
A do-it-yourself guide to making a tear-gas mask. (From the Disobedient Objects How-To guides)
11:45 GMT
More and more, it seems a gas mask is good to have in the Middle East. For those who don't have one on hand, here's an easy way to make your own; a father teaches his daughter how to beat up her brother; and Turkey blows off Sisi and Egypt.

July 18, 2014

Even before the current crisis, water was a rare commodity in Gaza (AFP).
16:28 GMT
Israel deploys dystopian propaganda to depict Hamas as taking its own people hostage; Devil's advocate: an argument for why Israel is a beneficent peacemaker; How Israel and the West destroyed peace in Palestine; What much of the world's media thinks is inconsequential to inform its viewers about the conflict in Gaza.
06:16 GMT
With the loss of a child, Palestinian and Israeli families promote peace; The lunacy of Israel's self-defense claim; Want peace between Palestinians and Israelis? Don't hold your breath; Tweets and news of Israel's ground invasion of Gaza

July 17, 2014

The UAE will make history if they enter the space race with a mission to Mars. (Image: IBTimes)
10:21 GMT
The UAE is entering the space race with a mission to Mars; Blues legend Johnny Winter passes away; Police still using the banned and shameful "gay test" in Lebanon.

July 16, 2014

(Mohammed Abed/AFP)
20:31 GMT
Genocidal tweets from Israeli teens shows the difficult path ahead for those who want peace; Poetry gets political. Scottish icon endorses cultural boycott of Israel; Peace derailed: how Israel ruined the best chance for peace in decades with anti-violence Abbas; Media dystopia: Israel's semantic battle for PR victory.
Caviar is one of the world's most expensive foods!
08:27 GMT
Wanna eat the world's most expensive meal in a day? What happens when Apple and IBM get together?
Palestinians remove the rubble from a home targeted in the latest Israeli airstrikes in the town of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip November 16, 2012. (AFP)
04:28 GMT
During the current Gaza conflict, an Israeli thinks back to the time a Palestinian saved his life; US foreign policy supporting the double standards in Israel must end; Hamas is putting Palestinian lives in danger by refusing the ceasefire.

July 15, 2014

iPhone 5s is still the world’s best selling smartphone.
15:02 GMT
Why is the iPhone still on top? Who's changing Lebanon's Map? And why are you still single?

July 14, 2014

A fire ball rises as the Israeli air force carries out a raid over Gaza City on November 17, 2012 (AFP)
16:02 GMT
Gaza residents spend Iftar afraid of the sky; Jewish synagogue in Egypt hosts interfaith Iftar; Young Palestinians and Israelis eat Iftar together despite political tensions; How to enjoy Ramadan in Malaysia; Corporate America and the lost meaning of Ramadan
A still from one of Eddie Verner's concerts.
09:25 GMT
US rocker Eddie Vedder spoke out about the war on Gaza during his concert in England two days ago. Meanwhile, Shakira performed at the World Club closing ceremony in a Lebanese designer!

July 13, 2014

Egyptian women members of the Muslim Brotherhood hold roses as they stand in the defendants' cage dressed in prison issue white during their trial at the court in the Egyptian Mediterranean city of Alexandria on December 7, 2013. (AFP)
00:17 GMT
Egypt fills prisons with dissidents like there's no tomorrow; Sudanese president accused of massive human rights abuses invited to visit Egypt; Can you spell orientalism? Uproar over sale of Egyptian statue from British museum
Thousands around the world are standing in solidarity with Gaza. (Image: Facebook)
14:29 GMT
Gaza is still under attack by Israel, but you can keep up-to-date with what's happening through this blog. Also, check out some noteworthy stories you might have missed in Lebanon this week.

July 12, 2014

Image taken from a video released in January by the the Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham allegedly shows ISIS fighters. (AFP)
18:43 GMT
Modern Islamic extremist groups reconfigure modernity to focus on punishment rather than morals; outside help is needed to unify the Iraqi people and defeat ISIS; the chaos in Iraq threatens to become a global epidemic; tech-savy terrorists use Bitcoin to funnel electronic funds.