Blogs Roundup

November 24, 2013

A Pakistani YouTube Hug campaign is afoot. (YouTube)
19:30 GMT
YouTube has been blocked in Pakistan for over a year now and the new hug campaign aims to show that this is not a citizen led ban; UK Ambassador to Lebanon has some fun; war averted in Iran; and Israelis take Bedouin land without their input.
The HTC OneMax (image courtesy of The Big Sam)
11:12 GMT
Big phones are all the the rage and HTC is coming into the race a little late with the OneMax. Does it compete or is it still lagging behind? Top Ten antique signs in Amman; and available online, the new Egyptian Constitution.

November 23, 2013

There are many easy steps to take once one hears a bomb go off.
19:44 GMT
After the the first bomb went off in Lebanon, many gathered near the site only to be hit again by another. Following this guide will help prevent such casualties; Iran aiding relief in Syria; great MENA airline food; and Assad gaining upper hand.

November 22, 2013

A woman hides his her face in shame.
08:11 GMT
Though often the woman is somehow implicated in the sad cases of rape, the reality is that men have not been brought up to know it's all on them; Happy B-day Fairouz; Apple bests Samsung; and the Tahrir Revolution is about the youth.

November 21, 2013

Jean Claude van Damme does an Epic Split for Volvo.
05:59 GMT
Europeans love the Eighties and when they brought Enya and Van Damme back for a video, I don't think Volvo even knew it would be this awesome, dude; Saudi justice questioned; and Turkish airlines giving startups a fighting chance.

November 20, 2013

The United Nations Assembly.
17:38 GMT
Though China and Russia voted against, the UN Draft Resolution focuses on the abuse of human rights. Who wrote the draft? Saudi Arabia; fearful in Libya; quick change artists on KSA flights; and Iran has its own awesome drone.
A woman bucks the establishment and rides a bike in Syria. (Syria Untold)
06:19 GMT
A group called 'She Wants A Bicycle Now' is challenging Syrians to break with traditional thinking and do something practical to fight traffic; Adults Only in Yemeni theaters; and a Canadian web-hosting company ditchings anyone who's Arab.

November 19, 2013

The Toshiba KIRA Ultrabook just made forgetting your charger a minor problem.
17:59 GMT
Just when things couldn't get any sweeter for the tech world, Toshiba busts out a laptop that can be used for a whole 22 hours! the Mohamed Mahmoud protests remembered; and why the Middle East needs France right now.
Egyptian funnyman Bassem Youssef.
05:00 GMT
After a bumpy start to his second season and being taken off the air, Bassem has officially ended his contract with the CBC Network; 3 months for beating a maid; Saudi flooded by heavy rains; and in Gaza, children walk through sewage to get to school.

November 18, 2013

A woman being scanned at an airport.
09:16 GMT
One former member of a left-wing group in Israel shares his story of humiliation and frustration after being profiled as a potential terrorist; there are places for women worse than Egypt; nose jobs at a car show in Dubai; and a pacifist returns to Syria.
Over 40% of internet users in Saudi Arabia also use twitter.
05:00 GMT
Almost one out of every two Saudis who is on the net is also using twitter in one way or another; can you celebrate the Arab way? Russia claiming that U.S ruined the Iran deal; and what you missed last week on Egyptian T.V.

November 17, 2013

An oil well is drilled, oil is sold to America and some of the money trickles down to extremist goals.
13:00 GMT
Many extremist groups in Syria, Iraq and Iran receive money from wealthy supporters who make their money from selling oil to the West; governments cannot override the will of the people; polio rampant in Syria; and Dubai goes wireless.
The Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani
05:00 GMT
The Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said the best way to end the growing sectarian violence in the region is for Assad and Maliki to step down; down home Palestinian recipes; no Egypt for Banksy; and one year anniversary of Israel's attack on Gaza.

November 16, 2013

Recently, several Palestinians have proven the wall is not impenetrable.
05:00 GMT
Palestinians from two villages took sledgehammers and wire cutters and broke massive holes through random parts of the Israeli separation wall; Shiit's remember Imam Hussein's death; BAssem still muted; and Kurds not all in agreement over Syria.

November 14, 2013

He may be gone but Michael Jackson continues to inspire musicians, even in Yemen.
08:15 GMT
Just when you thought 'Smooth Criminal' could not be covered again, Yemeni musician Ahmed Al Shaiba comes along and kills it! Horrendous prisons and CIA in Egypt, still; more 'Arabic Over Coffee'; and Bahrainis not taking injustice lying down.