Blogs Roundup

November 25, 2014

More than two million people watched the seductive performance and many women took to social media to criticise Wehbe for her racy choice of outfit. (Photo: Star Academy)
13:55 GMT
Haifa Wehbe's dress may have upset the Islamic State; best and worst dressed at the 2014 American Music Award; things you will experience after graduation.

November 23, 2014

A giant copy of the original Lebanese flag, drawn and approved by the members of the parliament during the declaration of independence in 1943, hangs on the wall of a building in Beirut on the occcasion of Lebanon's Independence Day on November 21, 2014. [AFP/Joseph Eid]
14:12 GMT
Lebanon canceled official Independence Day celebrations for the first time since the end of the civil war in 1990; Lebanon‬ is between the top 3 of the ‪‎leaderboard‬ for ‪#‎MissWorld2014‬; Tunisia's electrical authority and the right to vote.
The rise of jihadists in the Levant was a matter of opportunity. (Image: Vice.com)
09:26 GMT
The Islamic State: Beheadings, dismemberments, child soldiers, public executions, and political chaos; Bahrain will stamp out popular protests, but not support for ISIL; A West Bank water crisis for Palestinians only.

November 22, 2014

The legendary singer Fayrouz celebrates her 80th birthday! (AFP/File)
13:27 GMT
Fayrouz celebrates her 80th birthday; Beirut is hosting an international music festival in December; A movie review of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay"

November 19, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the prime minister office in Jerusalem on November 18, 2014. (Cohen Magen/AFP)
17:12 GMT
Netanyahu's announcement of the steps he plans to take in response to the senseless bloodletting; Israelis and Palestinians persist in going to hell through a bottomless pit and both sides won’t rest until the fire consumes us all; exporting repression from Ulster to Palestine.
The world’s largest chocolate manufacturer adds voice to warnings of potential cocoa shortage by 2020.
14:41 GMT
The world’s largest chocolate manufacturer adds voice to warnings of potential cocoa shortage by 2020; online food delivery markets expected to consolidate; review of the movie Interstellar

November 18, 2014

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20:59 GMT
Exclusive leaked transcript of the Iran nuclear talks; Israel and the Palestinians need international help to avoid another explosion; welcome to Netanyahu's 'resolution' to the conflict.
 passport photos of Iraqi children, most of whom are either Christian or Yazidi, who lost their identity documents as they fled violence in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. (AFP/file)
14:03 GMT
It is easy to forget those listed dead and injured are real, but recently the reality was brought home to our reporter; a war crime in Jerusalem; apartheid or not, separation is the reality.

November 17, 2014

Australia is hosting the leaders of the world's 20 biggest economies for the G20 summit in Brisbane on November 15 and 16. [AFP/Mandel NGAN]
14:43 GMT
The G20 summit on 15- 6 November 2014 has done what terrorism has never managed to do; ISIL threatens to execute Lebanese soldiers; the Iliad describes Syria 2014.
 Peter Kassig, 26, started his own aid group and helped Syrian refugees.
10:48 GMT
Apparent killing of Peter Kassig and 12 Syrians is further proof that for ISIL it is their way or no way at all; is every Palestinian kid who throws stones a terrorist? A terrorist murderer and a mosque-arsonist taught me this: There is no such thing as revenge.

November 16, 2014

14:10 GMT
A Kim Kardashian inspired Lebanese campaign to (Try To) Break The Lebanese Government; the economic stupidity of ISIS’ new currency.

November 15, 2014

Four Egyptian scientists participated in the breakthrough of the Philea comet landing.
20:49 GMT
After strings of bad news in Egypt, the Philae landing is something to celebrate because four Egyptian scientists participated in the monumental project; A movie review of the latest space-thriller, Interstellar.

November 12, 2014

Arab Israeli youths clash with Israeli security forces in the town of Kfar Kana, in northern Israel on November 9, 2014. [AFP]
14:46 GMT
How Israel is destroying itself with its own policies; U.S. needs to work with Iran to defeat Islamic State; the Yazidis have been denounced as infidels and devil worshippers by ISIL;
“When in Beirut, do as the Parisians do,” tweets Khaled Bey under #FakeArabProverbs.
10:36 GMT
The latest and best Tweets on #fakeArabProverbs; Chinese boy proposed to his girlfriend in public surrounded by 99 iPhones; Rich kids of Lebanon complain: the Syrians are cramping our style.

November 11, 2014

Palestinian boys play next a wall bearing a mural of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on November 11, 2014, in the Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. [AFP]
14:00 GMT
Israel is not the only player in the game, and it must come to grips with that if the attacks are to be stopped; the Israeli American Council, kicked off its first ever national conference in Washington, DC this weekend; an alleged supporter of the Islamic State (ISIS) is now on trial in Germany.