Blogs Roundup

November 28, 2013

Egypt's Interim President Adley Mansour is laying down the law.
05:00 GMT
Adley Mansour taught those from the No Military Trial campaign that the new anti-protest law is for real and that class was in session; like Dubai? Ehh, not so much; surviving without a can opener; and order food online in Jordan now.

November 27, 2013

Saudi girl Huda and her Yemeni lover Arafat are being called Romeo and Juliet.
08:04 GMT
The Saudi Juliet and her Yemeni Romeo have spawned a following; there's even a Facebook page, entitled “We are all Huda and Arafat”; Saudi not too pleased with Iranian deal; the real news on Yemen; and picking up chicks in KSA.
A Lebanese customs official attacks a reporter with his own bullhorn. (YouTube)
05:00 GMT
Al Jadeed went to the airport to get an interview with the head of customs Shafiq Merhi to investigate corruption allegations. Instead of the interview, Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Shamseddine sent customs agents to go and beat up the reporter and the cameraman.

November 26, 2013

A flag flies in front of Israel's nulcear facility.
12:37 GMT
Apparently not all Israelis are against the brokered nuclear deal the Western superpowers made with Iran. Really, ask any of the Israeli brass; Iran deal will help oil production; and after the deal, many expect Israel to feel the pressure to dismantle their nuclear weapons.
A box for a pool toy has been censored in order to be sold in Saudi Arabia. (Sex and Beyond: Saudi Arabia)
08:35 GMT
The establishment in Saudi loves American products, but what of those cursed models with their elbows and knees all exposed? Israel to be a lone wolf and attack Iran; and children celebrate a country that they will never belong to.

November 25, 2013

An Arab woman veils her face.
20:03 GMT
The UN has released on this day a report that sheds light on the increased use of rape, torture and other forms of violence against women in Syria; fisherman in Lebanon ousted from their own piers; and humans and environmental rights in Jordan.
An Iranian Nuclear plant.
14:27 GMT
Now that America and Iran seem to be getting along, there's a possible domino effect that could ripple through the region; love hurts; American Music Award winners; a message for the fellas; and Anonymous strikes again.

November 24, 2013

A Pakistani YouTube Hug campaign is afoot. (YouTube)
19:30 GMT
YouTube has been blocked in Pakistan for over a year now and the new hug campaign aims to show that this is not a citizen led ban; UK Ambassador to Lebanon has some fun; war averted in Iran; and Israelis take Bedouin land without their input.
The HTC OneMax (image courtesy of The Big Sam)
11:12 GMT
Big phones are all the the rage and HTC is coming into the race a little late with the OneMax. Does it compete or is it still lagging behind? Top Ten antique signs in Amman; and available online, the new Egyptian Constitution.

November 23, 2013

There are many easy steps to take once one hears a bomb go off.
19:44 GMT
After the the first bomb went off in Lebanon, many gathered near the site only to be hit again by another. Following this guide will help prevent such casualties; Iran aiding relief in Syria; great MENA airline food; and Assad gaining upper hand.

November 22, 2013

A woman hides his her face in shame.
08:11 GMT
Though often the woman is somehow implicated in the sad cases of rape, the reality is that men have not been brought up to know it's all on them; Happy B-day Fairouz; Apple bests Samsung; and the Tahrir Revolution is about the youth.

November 21, 2013

Jean Claude van Damme does an Epic Split for Volvo.
05:59 GMT
Europeans love the Eighties and when they brought Enya and Van Damme back for a video, I don't think Volvo even knew it would be this awesome, dude; Saudi justice questioned; and Turkish airlines giving startups a fighting chance.

November 20, 2013

The United Nations Assembly.
17:38 GMT
Though China and Russia voted against, the UN Draft Resolution focuses on the abuse of human rights. Who wrote the draft? Saudi Arabia; fearful in Libya; quick change artists on KSA flights; and Iran has its own awesome drone.
A woman bucks the establishment and rides a bike in Syria. (Syria Untold)
06:19 GMT
A group called 'She Wants A Bicycle Now' is challenging Syrians to break with traditional thinking and do something practical to fight traffic; Adults Only in Yemeni theaters; and a Canadian web-hosting company ditchings anyone who's Arab.

November 19, 2013

The Toshiba KIRA Ultrabook just made forgetting your charger a minor problem.
17:59 GMT
Just when things couldn't get any sweeter for the tech world, Toshiba busts out a laptop that can be used for a whole 22 hours! the Mohamed Mahmoud protests remembered; and why the Middle East needs France right now.