Blogs Roundup

January 20, 2014

A marital affair is not always wrong according to many French citizens. ( image courtesy of Urbanette)
20:18 GMT
As free-spirited and liberated as the Lebanese claim to be, they still hold strict views when it comes to fidelity in marriage; an American Muslim designer; the limit of a king's power; and Israel to annex more of Palestine to themselves.
Ink on the Side makes fun of programmers and vampires.
12:19 GMT
"Ink on the Side' has some fun looking at the long nights and obtuse vocabulary of her programming friends and compares them to blood-sucking vamps; Palestinian children harassed and beaten; and Bahraini prince talks with terrorists.

January 19, 2014

A Jewish settlement in Israel.
17:33 GMT
Israel is starting to feel the sting of countless countries boycotting products made in Israeli settlements and their own media admits it's a problem; burned bookstore binds us together; 98% yes vote in Egypt a failure; and why Iran needs a nuclear weapon.
The quiet hills of rural Switzerland.
05:00 GMT
The Syrian National Coalition (SNC), has agreed to attend next week's Geneva-2 peace talks, to be held in the Swiss resort of Montreux; death threats for Yemeni activist; Boss vs. Leader; Twelve Years a Slave; and Israel bullies Europe.

January 18, 2014

Jehane Noujaim’s Oscar-nominated documentary 'The Square'.
10:24 GMT
Jehane Noujaim’s Oscar-nominated documentary 'The Square' is "a revolutionary film about change and the power of people"; Redford in 'All is Lost'; Assad offers a prisoner swap in light of recent criticism; and don't pin Benghazi on Clinton.

January 16, 2014

An American woman protests against the U.S. attacking Iran.
20:30 GMT
American lawmakers who oppose diplomacy with Iran must contend with mounting opposition from a war-weary public; America secretly backing Assad; Defense Minister Ya’alon doesn't like Kerry; and ISIS leaks show new insights into Al Qaeda strategy.
A man gets a tattoo of bombs strapped to his stomach.
10:26 GMT
Karl reMarks gives us a glimpse into the mental failure of suicide bombers and how they look from God's perspective; Lenovo is launching a slim, trim phone in the UAE called Vibe; and the worst dressed at the Golden Globes this year.

January 15, 2014

A scene from 'Inside Llewyn Davis'.
08:27 GMT
Kinda like Fargo, this is a pretty grim film, and while it can be extremely funny, the humor is dark and dry .. and well worth it; Arab folktales in America; someone is stealing time with "The Book Thief" review; and "The Way Way Back".
Arab Christians worship in church.
07:23 GMT
One her personal blog, Nadine Elali makes the point that Christian sects are not controlled by outside sources or a sheikh to tell them what to think, thus they could best represent what's truly good for Lebanon. Other bloggers do not like her logic.

January 14, 2014

A performer at the Dubai Jazz Festival.
09:37 GMT
Dubai is having a Jazz Festival but one Emirati blogger is not at all pleased with where they have placed the stage; Vote for Sisi or lose your religion; Google buys thermostats and monster trucks hit the roads of Lebanon.

January 13, 2014

The late Israeli PM Ariel Sharon
15:17 GMT
From directing massacres of civilians to insisting on keeping Gaza, the late Israeli PM Ariel Sharon has a top ten list of how he ruined Palestine; Lebanese killing their own culture; a dying man in Syria; and an Egyptian activist given a one year suspended sentence.
Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat.
05:00 GMT
For decades, Ariel Sharon led the Israeli nation and Yasser Arafat represented the Palestinian resistance. Amazingly, they really weren't that different; a sad promo by the Egyptian government; peace or Assad; and injustice still alive in Israel.

January 12, 2014

"Her" movie poster.
12:42 GMT
Jordanian blogger Ali was blown away by "Her"."This movie is a whole new experience for me. I have never been so moved until I watched it."; Robots come to Egypt; car bombs in Lebanon; and sanctions on Iran to hurt Congress.

January 11, 2014

Israel's 11th premier Ariel Sharon dead.
15:32 GMT
Israel's former PM Ariel Sharon has passed but many Arabs will never forget that in 1953 that he led lead a massacre of Palestinian civilians or in 1982 during which he allowed Christian militias to slaughter two Palestinian refugee camps, Sabra and Shatilla.
UAEs ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid .
07:34 GMT
UAEs ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid wants to provide all Dubai residents with high speed internet to create a smart city; the effort to rebuild Lebanon’s torched Al Sa’eh Library; and the people have spoken about the hijab and niqab.