Blogs Roundup

March 27, 2014

A woman applies lipstick while driving.
06:00 GMT
Having your own car eliminates the need for those creepy taxi drivers and saves you money but at what emotional and psychological cost? Palestine-U.S. talks losing steam; drones are getting bigger and deadlier; and Anne Rice has shared AndFarAway.

March 26, 2014

Salma Al-Khowlani was killed for this Facebook photo. (image from Afrah Nasser)
13:09 GMT
An innocent wife left an old photo of herself on a phone she sold. That pic was quickly posted onto Facebook and went viral; Oman is nothing like the UK; springtime in Libya is confusing; and Egyptian clerics and sheikhs should shut up.
The Afqa Waterfall in Lebanon. (image by Firas Safa)
11:37 GMT
For tourists looking for true Lebanon or locals who want to enjoy themselves in their own country, these seven spots are sure to please; new Israeli health laws still discriminate against Palestinians; and Facebook bought Oculus VR for $2 billion.

March 25, 2014

Promotional poster for '300: Rise of an Empire"
13:49 GMT
Want to travel back in time thousands of years to the era of the great warriors? Director Naom Murro takes viewers just there with '300: Rise of an Empire'; Egyptian Capital Punishment in numbers; Spiderman and UAE Ambassadors call everyone to Earth Hour.
Former Republican Presidential candiate Mitt Romney.
07:34 GMT
Juan Cole takes Romney to task for his recent accusations that Obama's weak approach to Syria is the reason Putin is feeling so emboldened as of late; Omar Sulieman returns! Condoms delivered to your front door; and Iran still on its won.

March 24, 2014

Souq.com just made history by raising over 150 million dollars in investor funding
20:50 GMT
The Middle Easts' equivalent to Amazon has just made their total worth over 500 million dollars with a massive investment from Nasper; Egyptian blogger released; Lebanese teens get it right; and amazing photos from around the world.
Hotel de Glaze in Canada features a new 'Frozen Suite'.
08:28 GMT
Remember that cool ice palace Anna lived in after her self-imposed exile in Frozen? A Canadian hotel has replicated it... entirely out of ice! Christian Zionism is fading; 'Denial' is also a river in Turkey; and Saudi women not behaving badly.

March 23, 2014

A Hamas member holds a gun during a march.
16:37 GMT
On the tenth anniversary of his murder, Hamas sends all sort of threats to Israel and their ilk to remind them that they're still upset about Sheik Yassen's death; 'Nymphomaniac' worth watching; and slaves being held in Lebanon.
A no-smoking sign at a Lebanese mall.
08:09 GMT
A law has no inherent power to make it be obeyed. The best evidence of this is the ban on smoking in lebanese restaurants that is being completely ignored; Syria abandoning Jordan border; Amman this week; and life after forty.

March 22, 2014

Sister Cristina Scuccia sings on Italy's "The Voice" (YouTube)
06:00 GMT
One Lebanese blogger was so thrilled with Sister Cristina Scuccia that she challenged religious figures in her country to step up to the mike; no net is a good thing; Dubai killing creative outlets; and stopping Twitter by a dictator never really works.

March 20, 2014

Soon, many Starbucks restaurants will be offering alcohol tomtheir customers.
17:23 GMT
Soon many Starbucks will have their baristas serving booze along with the coffee. Will this trend catch on in conservative Lebanon? Order over freedom in the Arab world; #lebaneselfie goes viral; and Bibi plays his cards well.
Someone holding the American and Israeli flags.
12:12 GMT
Mahmoud Abdou's book 'The Middle East Peace Process and U.S. Special Interest Groups' says the Jewish special interests and Evangelicals are in bed together; three years of revolt in Syria; and Movie Review: Dabba (The Lunchbox).

March 19, 2014

Pharrell's hit song 'Happy' is making the rounds in the MIddle East.
18:52 GMT
Popstar Pharell's hit song 'Happy' has inspired remakes and videos of Arabs smiling and laughing from all over the Middle East. Ammanis made a few, Kuwaitis came from all around, Lebanese bloggers joined together, and Saudis even made their own version of 'Happy'.
Russian President Vladimir Putin
07:36 GMT
Politically, things are going very well for Russian President Vladimir Putin, having won over the Crimeans and now, the Syrian regime is gaining strides; maps of countries made out of their indigenous foods; and Liam Neeson returns in 'Non-Stop'.

March 18, 2014

A worker adjusts an oil rig in Saudi.
09:00 GMT
The real reason for several Gulf countries kicking out the Qatari ambassadors? This is all about wanting to get back in the good graces of Obama; rape is never a laughing matter; and Brazilians try to smuggle cocaine in their tummies.