Blogs Roundup

July 16, 2014

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.

July 11, 2014

A Palestinian rescue worker carries the body of a child from the al-Dallu family into the hospital in Gaza City.(AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed)
14:31 GMT
A Palestinian mother speaks of trying to cope with Israeli occupation; ABC issues correction after citing a grieving Palestinian family as Israeli; How the West Bank crackdown mushroomed from a search for just 3 missing teenagers; The US State Department distances itself from voices in the Obama administration critical of Israeli policy.

July 10, 2014

(AFP)
23:30 GMT
Obama is often called the pragmatic president, a euphemism for dodging obligations to human rights; Thousands of years ago spice trade routes brought Islam from Arabia to Southeast Asia. Today the same transmission has taken place with extremist ISIS ideology. But its conduit is likely the Internet; Think ideology is behind the current Chaos in the Middle East? Try social policy.
“How could you watch the World Cup while children are dying?” (Image: Blog Baladi)
12:49 GMT
“How could you watch the World Cup while children are dying?” Football fans under attack by Gaza activists. Also, meet Lebanon's award-winning female mixologist, and find out how to find your soul mate!

July 9, 2014

Argentina’s defender Ezequiel Garay (L) and Iran’s forward Reza Ghoochannejhad vie for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on June 21, 2014. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP)
19:53 GMT
With Al Jazeera's monopoly coverage costing $110-$320, Arab viewers ironically turn to the Israeli channel for free; A quick retrospective on the Brazil-Germany semifinals match; Some people get upset that Arabs still watch football as Gaza is pounded by Israeli airstrikes.
George and Amal are set to wed in September! (Image: Albawaba edit)
06:00 GMT
George Clooney's future mother-in-law thinks her daughter can do much better!

July 8, 2014

A conversation between Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his psychiatrist that reveals a hidden and complex side of the jihadi leader who recently declared himself Caliph.
10:54 GMT
A collective Blogs Roundup on the politics of the Middle East including Iraq's Maliki and an exclusive transcript of a conversation between Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his psychiatrist.

July 7, 2014

Arab music icons will be introduced to Italians on Rai 1 soon.
12:49 GMT
Italian public TV station Rai 1 will introduce the Italian public to Arab music icons for the first time in their TV history. Meanwhile, Dubai is planning the world’s largest Underwater Theme Park.

July 5, 2014

Apparently there's a lack in freedom of speech in Lebanon.
15:04 GMT
Wondering what life is like in Lebanon on a social and economical level? How about finding out why the NY Times failed to mention the names of the six dead Palestinians in the same article where we got everything from A to Z on the recently killed Israeli boys?