Blogs Roundup

January 6, 2014

Israeli Soldiers walk past an Israeli flag.
08:39 GMT
So there are 1.7 million Israelis or about a fifth of the population who are Palestinian-Israelis. What about them Netanyahu? Fighting a rape culture; Christmas for Armenians is not easy; and Egypt's Muppets are guilty of terror!

January 5, 2014

U.S. Senator John McCain
10:44 GMT
It's no secret that the mess in Iraq now is due to the instability from the Iraq War. That hasn't stopped some U.S. politicians form wanting to attack again; agriculture as a cover for Israeli takeover and Karzai playing games in Afghanistan.
Frozen by Disney
07:56 GMT
Attention parents! Get out of the house and into the theaters. 'Frozen' is tons of fun and a great movie for children and parents alike; Egyptian minister puts foot into mouth; King of Jordan fears nothing; and questions about Lebanon's torched library.

January 4, 2014

Two friends pray for each other in a Panera Bread in America. (image from Jaraad)
09:14 GMT
An Arab PhD student marvels at how many families, friends or lone individuals he sees praying in restaurants and the like in America; Jordan's environmental year in review; and the challenges for the women in Gaza.

January 2, 2014

Palestinians cheer at the release of prisoners. (Getty)
08:54 GMT
For one Jewish blogger, it is fine to pursue justice but to praise the release of killers form prison is simply crossing the line; Intifada Part Three is just around the corner; and beautiful Arabic poetry translated into English.
Golden pacifiers in Turkey. ( mage from Beirut NTSC)
05:00 GMT
Those Turks really know how to spoil a kid and they start early. Jewelry shops in Istanbul sell a variety of golden pacifiers; Dubai lit up the sky for New Year's Eve; vanity plates in America; and the best and worst of entertainment for 2013.

January 1, 2014

What does the crystal ball reveal for foodies in Lebanon this year?
08:37 GMT
This year is the year for more juice eateries, more burger options and definitely more restaurants focused on giving kids a good time in Lebanon; Top Arab Startup and Tech Stories from ArabCrunch in 2013; and a New Year for the U.S. Military in the MIddle East.

December 31, 2013

For 2014, Arab bloggers are ringing out their dirty laundry and ringing in the New Year.
14:08 GMT
It seems opening a new calendar always makes folks ponder and reflect, if not just for one blog entry. Many of Blogs Roundup's superstar bloggers have offerings from the past and hopes for the future to all their readers.

December 30, 2013

Iran's new Leader Rouhani made the list of 2013's most memorable people.
19:20 GMT
Dozens of bloggers from the Middle East were asked to pick who they thought made 2013 a year to remember. Here are their picks; Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak era torture videos being deleted; and Samsung’s new Ultra HDTV is massive.
Kaizer's latest work, "The City Lady". (image from his facebook page)
12:27 GMT
With his newest design "The City Lady', Kaizer has made his mark as an artist with talent and a message for the people of Egypt; a final Christmas Miracle; Israelis want Palestine taught in school and two poets arrested in Iran.
An exclusive letter obtained by the Wall Street Journal by slain Lebanese politician Mohamed Chatah has some wondering if it's dubious.
23:47 GMT
The Wall Street Journal posted posted a supposed letter to Tehran written by Chatah that never got published. One blogger calls the West's bluff; Saudi gives 3 billion dollars to the Lebanese Army and an 18 year old photographer dies in Syria.

December 29, 2013

Edward Snowden (Media Heavy)
08:26 GMT
When Snowden let the cat out of the bag about the U.S. government's vast spying and unchecked abuse of power, he changed the world; Iran and Turkey play 'Cash for Gold'; Ansar Beit Al Maqids jealous; and the Yemeni army bombs a funeral.

December 27, 2013

Former finance minister and adviser to former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Mohamed Chatah killed in blast.
13:15 GMT
A nation mourns the loss of Mohammed Chatah- a man loved by many, a father and a politician who strived to make his country safe and modern; Gino has pictures immediately following the blast; and Lebanese react to the explosion.

December 26, 2013

British metal band Iron Maiden beats the piracy system.
14:00 GMT
Instead of whining about getting their music stolen, Iron Maiden tracked where it was being pirated and held massive concerts there; Mandela trained by Mossad- probably not; 2K resolution on LG’s next smartphone; and a Hot Christmas pic.
Oil tanks line up in the Middle East.
07:21 GMT
Syrian King Bashar Assad has friends in low, hidden places in Iraq and they are sending him boatloads of oil; Yemen has not changed for women; a response to Karl reMarks; and an American tries to ship assault rifles to Lebanon.