January 20, 2014
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' 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
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 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' 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
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.
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
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".
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
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
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.
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
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 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 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.