Blogs Roundup

April 29, 2014

A Lebanese boy stands on a beach in Lebanon.
07:00 GMT
While it may not be clear from governmental websites, it is now good to go in terms of flying to Lebanon and having the time of your life; Hezbollah's efforts in Syria are counter productive; and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry affronts Israel.. sorta.

April 28, 2014

George Clooney and his fiancé Amal Alamuddin.
15:02 GMT
It seems every media outlet has a different angle on American beefcake George Clooney's fiancé Amal. One thing they all agree on- she's a catch! Tunisians support their rebels; devil worshipping in Kuwait; and defining the Muslim Brotherhood.
Israel vs Palestine done by RAP NEWS 24 (YouTube)
07:00 GMT
A group of Australian friends tries to sum up what is going on in the Holy Land with this killer rap and they come out on the side of the Palestinians- or do they? Furniture made out of Arabic letters; the Qatari version of a drive thru; and Egyptian youth protest Anti-Protest law.

April 27, 2014

Google Plus may not be so positive anymore.
20:17 GMT
The brains behind Google's challenge to Facebook was Vic Gundotra and he just flew the coop. Looks like Google Plus is about to die; Beirut before and after the war photos; Ma'an in Jordan is out of control; and Iran silences another reformist paper.
A memorial to the over 1.5 million Armenians killed at the hands of the Turks.
09:37 GMT
When she was three, Joumana Haddad's grandmother saw most of her family killed before her very eyes. When she was 67, she could take the memories no more; spoiled food in Kuwaiti stores; ET's home found; and the Alawite's history speaks to their present.

April 26, 2014

A Palestinian woman outside of al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
17:45 GMT
Muslims are fearful that the Israeli Jews will take over the site of their holy mosque and sixteen Muslims were arrested for protesting outside of it; 17 year old whiz kid arrested; warlords becoming Presidential candidates; and this week in Amman.

April 25, 2014

A Saudi women gets ready to marry.
21:31 GMT
A female Arab blogger seems to have it all figured out- between overprotective mothers and sexual double standards, it's not easy getting hitched; Happy Sinai Liberation Day; Syria is a Kingdom of Madness; and looking at old files is like finding a time capsule.

April 24, 2014

The official flag of The Republic of Armenia. (wikipedia)
15:42 GMT
In 1915, leaders of the Turkish government set in motion a plan to expel and massacre Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire; reflections from the late Mr. Lebanon; the Pope to Jordan next week; and will the press in Afghanistan remain fair?

April 23, 2014

The headquarters for The New York Times. (image from Wikipedia)
14:11 GMT
The Times's public editor, Margaret Sullivan admitted that it complies with Israeli media blackouts as a matter of policy; Lebanon's new president: a stapler; the real truth of law enforcement in the West Bank; and a British boy stuck in Syria for three years.
This photo of a 2 year old Syrian boy being held hostage has shocked the world.
09:44 GMT
Yet to be totally confirmed as true, this shocking photo of three guns pointed at the head of a toddler shows that Syria is getting worse; Arab women protest; a Protestant Islam by the Brotherhood; and cartoon characters come to life.

April 22, 2014

A grandmother with her granddaughter.
14:47 GMT
So Teta (Grandma) heard about your new boyfriend and let's just say she has some concerns. One Arab blogger tells us what they are; a glimpse into the life of Egyptians farming in Jordan, and will the 2022 World Cup actually happen in Qatar?
Saudi young men change wheels while the car is still driving.
08:48 GMT
When there isn't much to do, Saudi young men get creative with their time and this stunt has to be seen to be believed; hashtag abuse is hurting you and your victims; and a funny guide to being a successful politician in Lebanon.

April 21, 2014

Arab Christians in Jerusalem claim not to have freedom of worship.
10:09 GMT
Welcome to the Holy Land where celebrating Christian holidays is made as difficult as possible by the checkpoints and gunpoints of the Israeli police; Syrian in-fighting makes civilian life risky; Egypt filling antiquities with sand; and Lebanon doesn't suck that much.
Painting eggs is a traditional Easter activity. (Image: Moyea Media)
08:48 GMT
More Easter eggs, recipes and fun activities this holiday.

April 20, 2014

Pope Francis I meets with King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan in the Vatican. (Image: Jordan Times)
12:38 GMT
Pope Francis I is going to Jordan this May; meanwhile, discover the most gorgeous Easter eggs this holidays!