Blogs Roundup

October 23, 2013

A prisoner in handcuffs.
12:34 GMT
When prison visits over Eid were cancelled, the families of the prisoners went to protest so the government just put them all in jail; while tech thrives in Jordan, the system does not; illegal kissing in Morocco; and all iPhone downloads in one place.
A surviving Marine recounts the rescue efforts from the blast at the Beirut Marine Base in 1983.
09:28 GMT
Thirty years ago today, a suicide bomber in a truck managed to smash right into the lobby of the main building of the Marine Barracks and kill over 300 Marines; no more Schengen Visa for UAE and Apple announces new stuff!

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.