Blogs Roundup

February 15, 2014

An Orthodox Jew in Jerusalem in 1896 (YouTube)
21:14 GMT
A remarkable piece of film has been found of ancient Jerusalem from before the 1900s and the peace and coexistence displayed is indeed a blockbuster; who won in Lebanon's new government? and Austrians can now fly to Iran.

February 14, 2014

Putin supports Gen. Sisi as president of Egypt.
21:21 GMT
Why did Putin put his stamp of approval on Gen. Sisi to run for president? Because from all of the candidates, Sisi is going to want Russian weaponry the most; another crappy Valentine's Day? and blowing money on an underwater date.

February 13, 2014

Is celebrating Valentine's Day really that bad for Arabs?
12:34 GMT
Religious authorities say those who participate in Valentine’s Day are weak and far from God. One blogger says these people are just having fun; calls to #FreeIranianSoldiers; power of the people in Algeria; and McCain waxes eloquent on Syria.

February 12, 2014

In the 1980's, William Katt played Ralph Hinkley as "The Greatest American Hero".
21:12 GMT
Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh sees Kerry's suggestion that Iran offer an olive branch to the region by fixing Syria as an auspicious possibility for President Rouhani; Canon announces the new DSLR EOS 1200D; and poking fun at the Lebanese know-it-alls.
Lebanese skier topless.
16:03 GMT
Domestic violence and murder? Ho-hum. But when people criticize a topless skier in Lebanon, the whole social media blows up with support. In fact, most bloggers can't get enough of defending this woman's right to flaunt her mammaries.
Scarlett Johansson's support of SodaStream flew in the face of a global Israeli Boycott.
23:24 GMT
The boycott is not an economic war against Israel- it’s a psychological war, and even the skeptics would agree that it’s already had a deep, damaging effect on this country’s will to continue fighting for the West Bank and Gaza.

February 11, 2014

A drone like this will be delivering packages directly to Emiratis' doors.
10:11 GMT
It seems Emeratis won't have to stand in line to receive their driver's license. Rather, a drone equipped with an eye scanner will deliver it to their house! A topless skier from Lebanon; and the best of Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

February 10, 2014

Young boys harass a group of women.
17:31 GMT
A powerful film coming out of France switches the roles of harassment and shows men what it's like to be a women just for one day; Yemenis are back on the streets; The Arab Spring Cliff Notes; and why Kerry's Middle East plan was fluff.
The 'I am Alive" app lets family members know you are still alive after a bombing in Lebanon.
08:01 GMT
A new application tells friends and family after any bombing in Lebanon that you're ok and still able to party that night; how to speak Lebanese-English; Egyptian journalists take a stand; and is police inaction equivalent to being accessories to a crime?

February 9, 2014

The Lego Movie (2014)
13:12 GMT
One blogger was thrilled to finally see a Legos movie and while the casting was top notch, by the end, she "was exhausted, (but) not overwhelmed."; Iran destroys Israel on TV; Syria taking their sweet time; and why so many French are anti-immigration.
Iranian warships.
08:33 GMT
Are you scared yet? What if you knew that it was really just one little supply ship with thirty soldiers and they're nowhere close to American soil; Twitter and driving just don't mix well; and watch Israeli settlers attack an Israeli activist.

February 8, 2014

This Ukrainian man is in the process of hijacking the plane.
19:58 GMT
So a non-Muslim man threatens an entire plane with a bomb, forcing it to land in Turkey yet somehow this is not considered terrorism; Bassem Youssef back in style on MBC Masr; and in March the new Apple IOS is coming.

February 7, 2014

Asian- American Evangelicals.
07:07 GMT
For most Christians growing up in America, they are taught that the Jews are God's chosen and can basically do whatever they heaven they want; keep Israeli-Palestinians involved; 'Philomena' Movie Review; and Algerian Blogger still in jail.

February 6, 2014

Jamal Daniel and The Levant Foundation have 32 millions dollars to help complete the Halim and Aida Daniel Academic and Clinical Center at American University in Beirut.
11:05 GMT
Things just started looking up in Lebanon, at least for AUB. Jamal Daniel and The Levant Foundation gave them 32 million; IKEA opens up in Jordan, but at what cost? Advice for finding a boyfriend and the boyfriend's response.

February 5, 2014

A vest to be used by a suicide bomber.
13:44 GMT
In a sort of knee-jerk reaction to the suicide bombing, Lebanese buses are now requiring all passengers to unzip their jackets; how a space view of earth will give us hope; and Iran is now showing of their new submarine.