Blogs Roundup

May 12, 2014

Yemeni-Scottish filmmaker Sarah Ishaq (All Voices)
21:57 GMT
Yemen is usually only in the news for drone strikes or child brides? These eight amazing directors, artists and activists are changing the norms; Iran claims to have copied an American drone; and Christians in Israel at great risk.
Turning on men according to Ink on the Side
15:32 GMT
Men can be simple. For many wives, they just have to figure out that one thing that will make their husbands feel like they are winning; Rockin' Arak of Lebanon; KSA needs change soon; and how children today are being raised.

May 11, 2014

Going out for a drink for a lady is not easy when done alone.
22:07 GMT
Life is full of double standards and unfortunately, if you're a woman and you'd like to go the bar for a causal drink, more than likely, you'll be misunderstood; daytime snoozers in Amman; video of 1920s Beirut; and Jews hating on other Jews.
The best granola bars in the world are easy to make. (Tea Calls)
07:00 GMT
Everyone needs to stop and read this recipe. In no time flat, a person can make this healthy, yummy Granola bar for a nutritious snack; Homs is the beginning of the end; machines that give change- impressive; and 'The Walk of Shame' is exactly that.

May 10, 2014

Pajamas with Gen. Sisi's image stitched into the fabric.
13:04 GMT
The cult of Sisi is growing with the momentum already carrying him straight to the seat of president and this scares one Egyptian blogger greatly; a tour of Jordan by its king; some people are not that bright; and ladies, be proud of your achievements!

May 8, 2014

Getting beer on a Lebanese wage is not that easy.
23:37 GMT
A recent study showed how many beers a person from each European country could buy with an average paycheck. How does Lebanon compare? Laziness is what is killing Palestine; a young Sisi draws for us; and sea turtles at risk.

May 7, 2014

Death by hanging is still used as a punishment in Egypt.
22:09 GMT
So far this year, 1,212 Egyptians have been sentenced to death. This number is greater than all other sentences combined worldwide; Pele once played for Lebanon; politics in the Gulf are personal; and Mickey loves the MENA.
Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
14:04 GMT
Israeli President Simon Peres worked hard to negotiate a peace deal with Palestinian President Abbas but Netanyahu pooh-poohed it; displaced families in Afghanistan; interview turns into a fight in Jordan; and Lebanon breaks refugee world record.

May 6, 2014

Understanding the Shiite, Alawite and Sunni territories. (image from
22:35 GMT
From newbie to seasoned Middle Eastern scholar, anyone will find these maps to be extremely helpful in understanding the socio-political climate of the region; Al Jazeera coming to London; and women tagging walls in Afghanistan.
Solar panels in a solar field.
08:38 GMT
Administrative Development Minister Adel Labib announced that the Egyptian government will be investing $1 billion into a giant solar energy project; 'Shut up your mouse!"; the MMA fight in an MEA flight; and Boko Haram are idiots.

May 5, 2014

Zach Efron stars in Bad Neighbors. (YouTube)
20:57 GMT
One Arab blogger doesn't hold back any punches when he declared his trip to the movies would've have been better served at home with a book; do Smart phones make us dumb drivers? An Al Jazeera reporter speaks to the judge.
A Lebanese man 'beats' his wife at a marathon to raise awareness for women. (YouTube)
07:00 GMT
This staged beating was meant to illicit some sort of response from a crowd marching for battered women. Did it work? Roll the tape! An open letter from a grieving Israeli to his government; sad stories from Syria; and the truth on Lebanese beaches.

May 4, 2014

A user at his laptop.
18:21 GMT
A Lebanese man gets robbed at gunpoint and loses his laptop. He finds his only means of resolution is to tell the thief directly how he feels; this week in Amman; the reason Russia hates the West; and Palestinians remember those who are on hunger strike.
A microscope slide of the deadly SARS virus.
07:59 GMT
This virus basically attack the respiratory system and like many other possible pandemics, it is not staying in one place; If Syria has to ditch their weapons, why not the US and Russia as well? and the US calls out Israeli Settlers as terrorists.

May 3, 2014

Tom Cruise before and after having his teeth fixed . (GlamRoz)
08:36 GMT
Oh, that Tom Cruise smile could melt a snowball in Alaska! Well, he and dozens more weren't always so stunning in the smile. In fact, some were downright scary; HTC One M8 Review; Prayer for Egypt; and Lebanese lasses stealing the global spotlight.