Blogs Roundup

October 31, 2013

Victoria’s Secret Angel 23-year-old South African model Candice Swanepoe sports the Fantasy Bra.
08:10 GMT
The Lebanese Jewelers Mouawad have created a $10M Royal Fantasy Bra for Victoria’s Secret and the region's millions in poverty just shake their heads; a call to Carpe Diem; and Pakistani family gets the cold shoulder from U.S. Congressman.

October 30, 2013

Yemenis protest the US drone attacks in their country.
11:40 GMT
One blogger is furious over the lack of attention given to the attacks in Yemen and even worse, the cold shoulder most Arab news outlets are giving to the topic; the reality of burnt olive groves; and options other than WhatsApp.
Promotional pic from  the new Battlefield 4.
06:59 GMT
Imagine playing a first person shooter game with and against sixty-four other people. Now go buy Battlefield 4 because all your dreams have now come true! Arabic over coffee; Iran's night flights to Syria; and Syria, it's complicated.

October 29, 2013

Some women have it really rough in the world. See if your country makes the scream or laugh.
11:16 GMT
The Global Gender Report Gap has declared 2013 to be a better year for women and one country in particular takes the cake; handwriting that will make you cry;don't kill the Syrian messenger; and Lebanese twitter is not for the faint of heart.
Orthodox Jews look at a Jewish settlement in Israel.
09:07 GMT
Six years following the SIx Days War in Palestine, Israel experienced their greatest economic boom. The reason-- building settlements; Lebanon has censored some really stupid stuff; and the Volgograd Suicide Bombing from a Muslim's eyes.

October 28, 2013

A child in Lebanon has no official religious or tribal affiliation. (image for illustrative purposes only)
13:00 GMT
After Lebanon's first ever sanctioned marriage between two people disavowing their sects, their child no has "none" on his ID; Bahrainis cry over teargas; Bedouin background to common Arab greeting; and British artist Banksy's latest statement.
A group of Yemeni women.
06:51 GMT
A female Yemeni blogger laments the injustice in her testimony being only half as legitimate as that of a man; despite tragedies, migrants still flock; seeing the Occupation in graph form; and Egyptian universities a hotbed for the MB?

October 27, 2013

The hill just got steeper for those Bahrainis fighting for justice.
08:53 GMT
Not much has changed for the persecuted Shiites in Bahrain and now that America has lost some of its pull in the region, things can only get worse; Bassem's back; Iraq orders more firepower; and the story behind Batman's slap.
A Saudi croons a Marley spoof , "No Woman, No Drive". (Youtube screenshot)
06:42 GMT
One Saudi student who spent time the in US picked up some American culture and made a Bob Marley song to support the driving damsels; handcuffed children in Lebanon; Jews against Separation; and can Obama escape the KSA discontent?

October 26, 2013

A statue illustrates a classic form of the #facepalm.
08:37 GMT
One blogger used to support the political process in Lebanon but now he has realized the whole system is heading down the drain; Iran may or may not be cooperating; photo roundup in Palestine; Yemenis still starving; and Saudi women still in the backseat.

October 24, 2013

A drone used by the CIA in Afghanistan, Pakistan and beyond.
10:53 GMT
The US media loves him, but former CIA deputy director of counter terrorism Phil Mudd shows the coldness behind drone attacks; a missile-like goal; Syrian refugees in Lebanon by region; and the truth behind NSA's snooping.
Olives from Palestine.
07:49 GMT
A video has emerged of an Israeli settler attacking an innocent Palestinian in his own olive groves with a metal pipe; Saudi women prepare for the auto-ban; Yahoo shutters in Cairo; and writing a formal letter in Arabic

October 23, 2013

A prisoner in handcuffs.
12:34 GMT
When prison visits over Eid were cancelled, the families of the prisoners went to protest so the government just put them all in jail; while tech thrives in Jordan, the system does not; illegal kissing in Morocco; and all iPhone downloads in one place.
A surviving Marine recounts the rescue efforts from the blast at the Beirut Marine Base in 1983.
09:28 GMT
Thirty years ago today, a suicide bomber in a truck managed to smash right into the lobby of the main building of the Marine Barracks and kill over 300 Marines; no more Schengen Visa for UAE and Apple announces new stuff!

October 22, 2013

Arabic calligraphy adorns the walls of a building.
16:01 GMT
Two hundred words for 'lion' in Arabic-- impossible! This and other tales exist in Arab legend but the truth is, Arabic is like any other language; Malaysia bans Catholic church from using Allah in newspaper and a Syrian writer shares his struggles.