Blogs Roundup

February 20, 2014

Robot Turtles is a new board game has been attracting a lot of attention for its solid promise to teach children as young as 3 years how to develop coding skills.
14:04 GMT
Robot Turtles is a new board game has been attracting a lot of attention for its solid promise to teach children as young as 3 years how to develop coding skills.
WhatsApp creators are set to become billionaires if Facebook goes ahead with purchasing the mobile app.
12:22 GMT
Facebook to buy messaging app WhatsApp in a deal worth a total of $19bn (£11.4bn) in cash and shares. Meanwhile, if you're a Beiruti, check out the best nifty apps to download.

February 19, 2014

One of the cars used in the bombings Wednesday morning in Beirut. (image courtesy of @Iran on Twitter)
16:39 GMT
Iranian interests were once again targeted this morning as two coordinated blasts went off within fifteen minutes of each other; Iranian TV show causing clashes; U.S. presses Iran on ballistic missiles; and the Israeli boycott is working!
The Arab world is not ranked high in the Reporters Without Borders reports on Press Freedom.
08:04 GMT
Reporters Without Borders put out their annual evaluation of press freedoms in the world- Arabs are still stuck and America is not doing great either; Tribal unity in Jordan a facade; hikers stuck in Egypt's mountains; and a Jewish British MP defends the Palestinians.

February 18, 2014

The Top Five ways to stay stress free and positive in Lebanon.
21:11 GMT
In the midst of the confusion in Lebanon, one blogger shows us that there are still ways to smile, relax and be happy in Beirut. Meanwhile, others gripe about their new government and share that they don't have much hope for the future.
Is Libya any better with Gaddafi gone?
13:42 GMT
It has been almost three years since the fall of Gaddafi and the UN intervention in Libya and as of now, the country is in a quagmire; Gen. Sisi's wife makes a public appearance; and Beirut spending 40 million bucks on security cameras.

February 17, 2014

 Djamel Ghanem, a young Algerian cartoonist, got 18 months in prison for an unpublished cartoon. (Algérie Focus)
19:48 GMT
Apparently a cartoon that makes no mention of the Algerian president is still enough to land one satirical cartoonist a year and a half in jail; first female Iranian skier in Olympics; Arabs be online shoppin'; and is Israel imposing sanctions on Palestinian universities?
Ink on the Side looks at the damages of teaching your kids to hate.
09:37 GMT
Today's Blog RoundUp is just a slice of cartooning mastery from those 'grumpy' Arabs. What better way to deal with strife between sects or constant conflict than a few looney 'toons and a good laugh?

February 16, 2014

No Israeli group in Israal can call for the boycott of the settlements.
10:39 GMT
'Starting immediately, it is now illegal to call for a settlement boycott in Israel.' So if you live there and don't like the settlements, tough luck; hope conquers fear of failure; Syria talks must have translation; and Zuckerberg hacked.
Grumpy Old Men.
10:10 GMT
“We are a conservative nation,” said one Lebanese official, “Jackie’s actions are unacceptable.” But unacceptable to whom may we ask? Flashing in Cairo for women's rights; 'Endless Love' film review; and what's happening in Amman this week.

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.