Blogs Roundup

October 22, 2013

Arabic calligraphy adorns the walls of a building.
16:01 GMT
Two hundred words for 'lion' in Arabic-- impossible! This and other tales exist in Arab legend but the truth is, Arabic is like any other language; Malaysia bans Catholic church from using Allah in newspaper and a Syrian writer shares his struggles.
A look at the slavery in each country. (image courtesy of Max Fisher/Washington Post)
09:18 GMT
MIllions upon millions of people wake up each day to a live of bondage, hard labor and misery. As the world grows, so does the amount of slaves; the best way to flirt in Saudi; and the ISIS has ramped up their kidnapping scheme.

October 21, 2013

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (image courtesy of Blog Baladi)
15:12 GMT
"It's great, but I'll wait" is basically the summary Blog Baladi has of the newest and biggest phone out from Samsung; Jordan's robust IT market; Tunisia's former president slights the Muslim Brotherhood; and the wrong number.
Superman: Man of Steel
05:16 GMT
One movie reviewer thinks that the best sequel to the Superman movies is that they just stop making them; Syrian hackers attack Qatar; Lebanese boy enters the Guinness Book of World Records; and Israelis to displace Bedouins.

October 20, 2013

Bassem Youssef plans to return to Egypt's television airwaves.
13:00 GMT
After a long break, all of Egypt's funny bones are itching for a tickle and Bassem will not disappoint! Saudi Arabia in withdrawal from UN Security Council; Syria's Eid as expressed in art; and Iran has a new toy- a high tech drone.
Setting up a Gmail account is as easy as wahad, ithnayn and theletha.
09:02 GMT
Beirut may be one of the most expensive cities in the world but that's not guiding their leaders into even last century's technology; Saudi views on homosexuality; 20 activists killed in Syria; and an IDF love song in a Palestinian village.

October 19, 2013

An American soldier in Iraq.
14:41 GMT
After doing an 'on-the-ground' survey in Iraq, it turns out the damage done by the U.S invasion is massive; Jewesses- avoid the Arabs! An Arab sings on a plane and 'Caramelized Apple Upside-Down Pancake'.

October 17, 2013

The Jordan Valley
10:46 GMT
For some, living in adverse conditions will not stop them from celebrating the faith of Abraham and the mercy of God; Turkey's wall with Syria opposed; Lebanon's border is packed with refugees; and so Saudi men satisfy their wives?

October 16, 2013

Traffic like this in Beirut is one of the five things to avoid while visiting there.
10:01 GMT
Even for all of its drama, Lebanon is definitely worth a visit. To make the time as fun as possible, one blogger tells you what to avoid; Yemen's sheep dealer; missing Balochs in Pakistan; and some Israelis might get in big trouble.

October 15, 2013

Eid al Adha is celebrated by slaughtering a lamb.
10:02 GMT
Have multiple images of lambs being slaughtered outside someone's home confused you? Read here about what's going on during Eid al Adha; starving Syrians rescued; cinemas are haraam in KSA; and the truth behind Iranian sanctions.

October 14, 2013

Loving others should be the response to God during Eid al Adha.
20:34 GMT
One Sufi blogger sources the life of Abraham, Jesus and Mohammed to point everyone to the demands of the Eid: obey love; teacher orders student to be beaten; curved phones are coming back! and the EU is making the Mediterranean a graveyard.
One of the man made, illegal tunnels between Egypt and Gaza.
10:08 GMT
As if it isn't hard enough living in Gaza these days, now the Israeli government is clamping down even more after finding a supply tunnel from Egypt; marks of success in Lebanon; and Saudi's Human Rights watch celebrates four years.

October 13, 2013

Jesus cleared the temple of vendors selling animals for sacrifice at insane prices.
09:01 GMT
Just like the Jesus chastising the thieves in the temple, this blogger berates the vendors selling livestock at exorbitant prices; Yemeni film Oscar worthy; and following Iraq's 10 years of violence chronologically.
Sex talk is igniting in Egypt over the new 'Libido' documentary.
07:33 GMT
What was once and still is taboo has been given some attention by a daring new documentary on Egyptian sexuality called Libido; Sudanese at it again; Iran's missiles can't go that far; and Syria's chemical weapons are getting systematically destroyed.

October 12, 2013

Wadih el Safi bid this world farewell at the age of 92.
09:27 GMT
Wadih el Safi, one of the three remaining giants of Lebanese music, bid this world farewell today at the age of 92. To many, he was the "Voice of Lebanon'; and in Jordan, one Syrian girl is the Arab version of Malala.