December 17, 2013
The storm that froze parts of the Middle East directly in their tracks for days was captured by NASA's satellite cameras; Jordan's hit new comedy Zain; Peter O'Toole saved the Arabs; and 13 years ago, thirteen Arab Israelis were killed.
Now any Shiite who was sitting on the fence about helping their fellow minorities in Syria now has a stronger reason to go- God said it's ok; why the Arab Spring fell short; Syrian Cartoonist Akram Raslan reportedly killed; and no reform in Saudi is legal.
December 16, 2013
If one is trying to avoid being snatched and held for ransom, their chances are better in Syria than they are in Lebanon- go figure; Saudi activist to be flogged; Fact: Lebanese people will give clothes to poor; and 150 Sudanese refugees rebel in Israel.
His amazing portrayal of Lawrence may or may not have been Peter O’Toole’s greatest achievement, but it was certainly his finest film; the snow on the Sphinx a big hoax; and the storm brings equality to Palestine for one day.
December 15, 2013
Some good news for once for the Syrian refugees living in Northern Lebanon. A civilian initiative showed that they have not forgotten the homeless among them; Christian militias or extremists? and Fargam the monkey makes Iranian space history.
Oh how so many need a break from reality! Walter Mitty teaches the world how to engage in some first-class fantasy fun-fare! Santa's sleigh to miss Syria; use Egypt's mosques for shelter, please! and Lebanon’s Top 20 Entrepreneurs.
December 14, 2013
One little baby boy literally froze to death and there seems to be no end soon in sight for those Syrians stuck in canvas tents across the region; more storm photos from Amman, and America explained by an Arab to other Arabs.
December 13, 2013
Some areas are having fun with all of this snowfall, others are fed up already and for all the refugees or those still stuck in Syria, these icy blasts have blocked aid, destroyed shelters and presented them with another side of their 'living hell'.
Apparently 'Taco Day' or 'Falafel Fridays' just don't do enough to address the inherent power relations between racial groups; the 2014 Golden Globe Nominations are here; Al Arabiya ruins Obama's selfie; and Ahmadis get no respect in Pakistan.
December 12, 2013
In the MENA region perhaps more than anywhere else the world, women need to stand up for each other and these five are setting the bar for activism; with all of this negotiating, where do Jihadis go? and roll on that oily goodness!
December 11, 2013
Non-violence and peaceful reconciliation could have gone a long way, instead of the deadly posturing by Egypt's government; Dutch journalist freed in Yemen; the truth about Viber; and removing Bedouins without consulting them.
December 10, 2013
After months of closed door meetings and public gatherings, the West finally made an agreement with Iran. And now it might all go up in smoke; Bibi and Peres skipping Mandela's funeral; famous Egyptian activist arrested; and Syria and journalists don't mix.
Of the few remaining groups not yet on twitter, including your nana's knitting club, Al Qaeda is no longer one of them. They are back and tweeting furiously! Art in Egypt; Oman is Iran's meal ticket; and soccer hooligans trash Messi's fan page.
December 9, 2013
Most prominent Israeli politicians can discuss Iran without invoking various forms of apocalypse or foaming at the mouth. Not Bibi; Lebanon vs Dubai; how UAE residents can recycle their old laptops; and a racist Israeli meets an Arab soccer player.
Every man is looking for an excuse not to shave. One group spearheaded a facial hair fundraiser to support the children of Syria this winter; did Iran give the U.S. Hassane Laqees? Israel wins again; and Samsung's Note 3 just got more colorful.