March 23, 2014
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
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 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.
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
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'.
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
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.
Despite a recent update, it seems WhatsApp has a gaping flaw in its system that allows any archived message to be accessed; two weeks without water in East Jerusalem; a camel beauty contest; and Bahrain's beef with Qatar.
March 17, 2014
Edogan's checklist of consolidating power and restricting criticism of himself seems to have a left out the weight carried by Turkish tweeters; Iran in Vienna again for talks; Are you that person on the plane everyone hates? and China's fake empathy.
"Why would I want a gynecologist? What would people think of me if they knew?" Apparently, this attitude is all to common in Lebanon; Iran photoshops out a martyred women; and if the West was involved, Yabroud would never have been lost.
March 16, 2014
One blogger from inside the turmoil of Gaza grieves that whenever there's any heat on the political front, Gaza is always the brunt of Israel's aggression; Ultraman and Allah don't mix; Ammani happenings this week; and the lessons of fairy tales stink.
"Much like the hotel’s design, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is like an exquisite wedding cake; beautiful, rich, and perfectly layered."; feeling the ME blues; "Worst Countries to Visit " article removed; and a female Syrian Christian activist opposes the Assad regime.
March 15, 2014
A Lebanese blogger lays out how the West's relationship with their cash-camel Saudi Arabia is so full of hypocrisy, it's about to give birth to lunacy; speaking of Saudis, why do they marry multiple times? and the EU to sanction Iran.
March 13, 2014
Say Happy Birthday to he Internet, it's 25 now!; Mashrou Leila's charity concert for Syria; Funny First Kiss video and SNOG parody; And what do the Lebanese think of the Syrian refugees in their country?
Thanks to five-time open golf champion Peter Thomson, you'll soon be able to play golf while enjoying the nearby sight of the Pyramids; What Google Glass can do for the Military; Pakistan releases inspirational cartoon "The Burka Avenger."