Blogs Roundup

January 9, 2015

Lebanon's Mia Khalifa is the world's hottest topic this week!
15:14 GMT
Mia Khalifa's parents finally open up about their relationship with their daughter; the porn star talks about how she got into the (dirty) business and what she plans to do in the future; get to know more influential Lebanese personalities from the year 2014!

January 8, 2015

Signs read "Je Suis Charlie" near La Defense in Paris before the nation observed a minute of silence on Jan. 8, 2015. (AFP/Eric Piermont)
12:39 GMT
A broad outpouring of support for Charlie Hebdo, and condemnation of the senseless attack.

January 7, 2015

A wintry mix of snow, sleet, and rain pound the Levant. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
15:00 GMT
Three fatalities in Lebanon; Jordan declares a state of snow-mergency; storm slams Palestine; and Syrian refugees risk freezing to death.
A UN expert collects evidence in Damascus. (AFP/File)
10:21 GMT
New Google Earth images of Damascus add weight to allegations; Daesh book burnings; and jailed asylum seekers taking over Israeli Facebook feeds.

January 6, 2015

Kobane, which Arabs call Ayn al-Arab, has held out against all odds.
13:44 GMT
Following up on the besieged Kurdish town; a dispute between Morocco and Egypt; and carrying firewood to school in Syria.
What's next for Palestine and the ICC? (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
After failing to meet the nine votes to statehood and international legitimacy at the United Nations Security Council, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is heading to the International Criminal Court to pursue war crimes charges against Israel. But is it really a step in the right direction?

January 5, 2015

Amal Clooney probably wasn’t surprised when Egypt threatened to prosecute her, too.
13:00 GMT
Egypt's threat to arrest Amal Clooney; an Islamophobic organization bankrolling trips to Israel for Muslim leaders; and landmines on the Turkey-Syria border.
The region's beauty is inescapable when seen from space. (International Space Station)
09:07 GMT
Lebanon from far, far away; a kind and handy stranger; and Israeli military "ethics."

January 4, 2015

Mia Khalifa is topping the charts on PornHub.
09:48 GMT
A new chart-topper at PornHub; Jordan's keffiyeh politics; and a violent eviction in one of Tel Aviv's poorest neighborhoods.

January 1, 2015

Palestinian women attend the funeral of Imam Dwekat, a 17-year-old Palestinian who was shot dead by Israeli troops the day before, on Dec. 30, 2014 in the West Bank village of Baita. (AFP/Jaafar Aastiyeh)
07:00 GMT
Maintaining the status quo in the Occupied Territories; male belly dancers make a comeback in Turkey; and anti-radical messages on the rise in Pakistan.

December 31, 2014

A displaced Iraqi from the Yazidi community cleans weapons in front of tents on Dec. 21. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
07:00 GMT
What does the future hold for the nation of Iraq?; musings on science and religion; and the treatment of Dervishes in Iran.

December 30, 2014

Drought conditions in Afghanistan in 2006. (Image: UNHCR)
11:00 GMT
The role of climate change in regime change; Jerusalem high school graduates urge rejection of military service; and yet another ban for Ridley Scott's "Exodus."
Defendant Mohamed Hosni gestures during the retrial of Alaa Abdel Fattah and 24 others. The defendants were sentenced in June to 15 years in prison for holding an unlicensed and violent protest. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)
07:00 GMT
Human rights activists, journalists and artists are fleeing Egypt's repression; Joshua Landis' predictions for Syria; and the story of Kuwait's best driver.

December 29, 2014

A BM-30 Smerch system photographed in Russia. (Wikimedia Commons)
12:14 GMT
New photographs of sophisticated Russian weapons in Syria; reaction to Tunisia's presidential election; and the economic benefits of peace between Israel and Palestine.
The sale of one rare bird in Gaza can support a family for a week. (Shutterstock)
07:00 GMT
Raising birds for a living in Gaza; The Palestinian Museum's call for stories from the diaspora; and renewed demands for freedom for an Egyptian photojournalist jailed for 500 days.