Blogs Roundup

August 4, 2014

Nadine Al Budair is one of ten Saudis voted most beautiful for 2014.
15:28 GMT
Bye-bye stereotypes of all Saudis wearing head coverings and robes. These KSA celebrities are very easy on the eyes; a step-by-step guide on how to not be a moron at the beach; and Syrians continue to be bombed by their own government.

August 3, 2014

The issue of sex is a much avoided topic in Saudi Arabia. (Sex and Beyond)
22:54 GMT
The question many have wondered but never dared to ask has now been answered respectfully and truthfully by a Saudi professor; all the juicy gossip you may have missed from Lebanon last week; and anti-war protestors march in Tel Aviv.
Images from Gaza like these are being spread all over social media.
15:23 GMT
Blood and death are a reality on the ground in Gaza but one blogger thinks that posting the images online indeed crosses a line of decency; LG responds to the claim that their watch burns skin; and playing at the pool is no option in Gaza.

August 2, 2014

Hamas claims that the captured Israeli soldier may have been killed by the Israeli bombings.
22:40 GMT
As Israel pounds Gaza in search for their captured soldier, Hamas declares that they have lost communication with the group that took him; iPhone 5s can save lives; first-hand account of escaping Gaza; and helping Mosul's Christians who've fled to Lebanon.

July 31, 2014

Russell Brand railing on Sean Hannity about his bullying techniques. (YouTube)
13:58 GMT
Fox News anchor Sean Hannity was a big bully with a Palestinian American but comedian and emerging activist Russell Brand set him straight; if you're gonna hire a maid, do it right! and life in a Syrian refugee camp is all about survival.

July 30, 2014

Ink on the Side shares just how awkward a kiss can be in Lebanon.
19:34 GMT
When a Lebanese relative greets family at the door, what style of kiss should they implement? Is it the snail kiss, the wireless kiss or worse, the awkward kiss; shopping in Lebanon has never been more of a hassle; and Obama may lift sanctions on Iran on his own.

July 29, 2014

Roman Catholic Pontiff Francis shared how he maintains happiness in a broken world.
19:46 GMT
Without sidestepping the harsh realities of ongoing war, Pope Francis told journalist Paul Calvo his ten tips to finding happiness; marrying a Saudi is not at all easy to do; and the power of social media in crushing Israel's international reputation.

July 27, 2014

A Palestinian boy stands next to his donkey outside a UN school where he and his family took refuge in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya early on July 16, 2014, after evacuating their house. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
16:37 GMT
Gaza is a modern-day dystopia, and the international community must act; Could Gaza's chaos be the end of Netanyahu; America has a responsibility to offer asylum to Iraqis and Afghans who helped the war effort; Cartoon depictions of John Kerry's diplomatic missions.

July 26, 2014

Masked Palestinian militants in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, June 12, 2014 (AFP/MOHAMMED ABED).
19:09 GMT
Israel's ongoing assault on the Gaza strip is only strengthening Hamas; Twenty years after Rwanda, the US is still reticent to use the G word amid civilian massacres; Israel, Gaza and the US are strangely similar to Russia, Ukraine, and a downed airliner; For Israelis and Palestinians Peace Must Not Be The Last Casualty.

July 24, 2014

An Israeli soldier stands guard as a Palestinian family is interrogated for the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Babk
13:54 GMT
Israeli reservist soldiers create petition refusing to serve; Iraqi minorities face unprecedented discrimination; Returning home is the only real solution to he plight of the Palestinians.

July 23, 2014

Injured in Zionist attacks, patients sit in Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Gaza. (AFP)
13:20 GMT
Why the Palestinians should push for membership in the International Criminal Court; Gaza residents spend Ramadan constantly afraid of death as Israeli warplanes and drones roar overhead; The Arab World's Christian community faces a time of harsh persecution.

July 22, 2014

(Image from Allagta's facebook page)
19:54 GMT
A Palestinian artists shares his story of peaceful resistance by means of cartoons; A day in the life of a Palestinian in Gaza; Debates rage in Turkey over how much skin women should show; Is Israel fighting for its existence?
Hamas fighters (AFP)
06:30 GMT
From 1994-2014, how repeated peace attempts in Gaza and Palestine never gave the Palestinians any room to breath; A former Israeli ambassador makes the case for demilitarizing Hamas; Why Israel embracing the Palestinian unity government would lead to peace.

July 21, 2014

The Arabic of the Qur'an is considered by many as the finest ever written.
23:13 GMT
It seems that the mastery of the classical Arabic by the Islamists has proven to be far more superior than the moderates and secularists; Brazil coming to Lebanon for a friendly game; how to help Gazans practically; and Jew-hating at an all-time high in Turkey.
A screaming Palestinian child is treated at al-Shifa hospital after Israeli forces shelled her home in Gaza City on July 18, 2014 (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
06:04 GMT
What do ISIS and Hamas have in common; Did Hamas ever really know about the Egyptian cease-fire proposal; Clearing up misconceptions on Palestine; How Israelis and Palestinians can use the cessation of Gaza violence to push for peace.