Blogs Roundup

October 2, 2014

Members of the U.S. Congress gather for a session.
08:00 GMT
In 2014, Congress cut over 8 billion dollars of the food stamp budget yet they have no problem with the war on ISIL in Iraq and Syria, which could cost up to $22 bn a year; going nuts in the airport; Israeli settlers always win; and Amal Alamuddin is amazing.

October 1, 2014

Dr. Farid Fata plead guilty to charges of Medicare fraud.
14:10 GMT
Dr. Farid Fata pleads guilty to knowingly giving terminally ill and healthy patients unnecessary chemotherapy in order to con Medicare; Sisi still really dislikes gays; and after forming a new government in Afghanistan, U.S. troops to stay.
The Djosser Pyramid is the oldest in Egypt is is reportedly deteriorating fast.
07:39 GMT
Al-Masry Al-Youm published a report showing tons of rocks falling off of the Djosser Pyramid, the oldest in Egypt but Sisi says it's just Brotherhood propaganda; drones are Obamas legacy, not health care; and Lebanese singer Tania Saleh sending mixed political messages.

September 30, 2014

Palestinians rally in support of Hamas.
11:20 GMT
Benjamin Netanyahu recently told those gathered at the UN that any "Islamic Militant' group is the same. Here's why Hamas is nothing like ISIL; there are some things that only work in Beirut; and what's hot in Amman this week.
Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star in "Gone Girl".
04:38 GMT
After David Fincher's successful run with “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” , the director chose to remake a novel casting Ben Affleck in the main role. Ballsy; the greatest Lebanese achievement- snagging Clooney; and even Gaza's technology is occupied by Israel.

September 29, 2014

Dr. Charles El Achi is a Lebanese-American who  is a rocket scientist with NASA. (Blog Baladi)
10:29 GMT
Dr. Achi, who led the recent Mars exploration, argues that the United States is a land of freedom and opportunity, where anything is possible and dreams can and do come true; a man falls in the water on camera; and Egyptians hate America on Twitter.
A beautiful Arab woman drinks a cup of coffee.
06:27 GMT
To all the early morning warriors and midnight procrastinators, your lifeblood, the coffee bean. has earned its due respect and today is when we give our thanks; two guys, six tires and one motorcycle; and more pics from Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney’s Wedding.

September 28, 2014

A thumb extender for larger cell phone users. (YouTube)
10:00 GMT
Japanese people aren't blessed with the largest of fingers but they make up for it with ingenuity. Check out this fake thumb that helps anyone navigate a large cellphone screen; Lebanese Army crushes IS motorcycles; and Michelle Bachmann rallies the troops.
Protestors at the Oakland Port. (Charlotte Silver)
06:21 GMT
All sorts of American have joined together to support the humans of Gaza. Labor and Palestine solidarity activists are blocking an Israeli ship in the San Francisco Bay; Maroon 5 is back; which countries like IS? and some Egyptian politicians support the strikes buy the coalition.

September 27, 2014

Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks to a reporter.
15:24 GMT
The military brass in Syria are tickled pink with the air strikes done by the U.S. military and the government owned TV stations are praising Obama; Beirut's last public beach in danger; Clooney's pre-wedding shots; and a pro-Gaza exhibit in Amman.

September 25, 2014

Denzel Washington stars in the action thriller, "The Equalizer".
10:00 GMT
From Branson to Neeson and now Denzel, somehow the story of a regular guy with with a shady past saving the day still makes for a great movie; the most powerful man in Iraq is from Iran; and illegal bird hunting still flourishing in Lebanon.
The Afghanistan President Elect Ashraf Ghani is in a power share with Abdulla Abdullah.
09:00 GMT
Ashraf Ghani is the new president elect after voting in Afghanistan but the reality on the ground is that nothing has really changed; how to access banned websites in Lebanon; which is worse- oppressed or undressed women? And a new festival is coming to Kuwait.

September 24, 2014

A doctor in the UAE has advised women to skip important work when menstruating.
10:21 GMT
At an Arab Women in Leadership, trained doctor Dr Maryam Matar shared that from her own personal experience, she's dumber when she's on her period; Assad claims Israel supports al Nusra after jet shot down; and a beer in Lebanon will cost ya.
Jasmine Tridevil claims to have had a breast implanted in between her other two real breast. (Facebook)
06:11 GMT
Jasmine Tridevil was tired of men ogling her chest, so she decided to blow up their minds by adding an extra but many aren't buying her story; Mona Lisa to hang in every Lebanese office; and the U.S. strikes in Syria are because of Russia.

September 23, 2014

Four men wearing the white masks now associated with the computer hacking team called Anonymous.
11:17 GMT
France 24 got an exclusive interview with Anonymous where they revealed that because IS is abusing Islam, they plan to hack IS's social media; the desert stars at night are breathtaking; and President Sisi gets a mouthful from the UN's Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.