February 24, 2013
A Lebanese blogger says this year's Academy Awards are anyone's for the picking. He gives his favorites and challenges the reader to guess as well; KSA goes green-- kind of; civil marriage is still not seen as such in Lebanon; and Tripoli's hospital gets an armed guest.
Heads of the five largest denominations – Coptic Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, Greek Orthodox, and Anglican – created the Egyptian Council of Churches; Russia, U.S. and “Friends” get SNC slap in the face; and Yanni is coming to Lebanon.
February 23, 2013
Jordan became THE HUB for its war torn neighboring countries. Many of them, Iraqis and now Syrians, settle in Jordan, whose hospitality was and will forever be a safe haven for refugees; Syrian opposition says Assad out of any deal; and Tunisia - a nation in mourning.
February 21, 2013
"What really matters at the end is authenticity, not glamour or Amanpour! " This is one of many tweets from the princess who was bumped from CNN for another; Port Said is heating up fast; the week Lebanon went secular; and a fake Hezbullah fighter gives an interview.
Why American news sources cover up the effect of the US war on Iranian petroleum exports in keeping world oil and gasoline prices high is baffling to most analysts; now Tunisia has assassinations trending; and torture returns to Egypt.
February 20, 2013
Egyptians are going to Syria to fight with the hope of establishing Sharia law-"I believe there should be national security fears and the public should fear. "; Saudi feminism in the social realm; Palestinians, Israelis clash at solidarity strike; and Table Tennis at the Kuwait Open
If Iran gets a nuclear weapon, will it set off a cascade of unmanageable nuclear proliferation in the Gulf? Not necessarily; Morsi is more Yeltsin than Putin; debate over death and suffering in Syria; and Lebanon’s real persecuted minority.
February 19, 2013
The area is more vulnerable than it was prior to the removal of Saddam Hussein. In Baghdad, America was spontaneous and determined. In Damascus, America is listless, hesitant and soft; KSA fights obesity; The good and bad of Argo; and more MPs for Lebanon.
See this top ten list of the cheapest countries in the world to buy gasoline. The biggest shocker is that the KSA is now in seocnd place. See who's first! Is Islam by Nature Political? Debating Jordan's challenges; and a letter from Richard Dawkins to his daughter.
February 18, 2013
A hard-line Salafi fundamentalist came up to a Coptic woman and said “Cover your face you harlot!”. She took off her shoe, and slapped him; Status Update: Gay; Lebanon needs free and not just fast internet; and see the Beirut Harlem Shake.
At least 25 bloggers have been charged with “insulting” the Kuwaiti Emir since October 2012, and several of them have been convicted this year; Iran, the U.S. and Saudi; banned movie in Lebanon offers pleasure; and Port Said starts civil disobedience in Egypt.
February 17, 2013
This young couple from different religions could have easily gone off to Cyprus and gotten hitched. But the Lebanese pair said enough is enough and tied the knot, with a hesitant nod from Interior Minister Marwan Charbel. Needless to say, the blogosphere is aflush with opinions.
February 16, 2013
Some 17 Iranian Establishment figures have formally offered to help the Egyptian president duplicate the Islamic Republic of Iran’s system of governance; Al Aqsa mosque to be part of all government decisions? and Saudi government can't control the tweets.
With more than 10 million Optimus L Series phones sold in the first 10 months, L Series II looks to continue this momentum; a new Mufti in town; the policy delusion in Syria; smoking ban in Beirut gets ugly; and Port Said: City of resistance and agony.
February 14, 2013
Many in Lebanon today are having a counter-cultural moment against Valentine’s day but the anger and hate are misdirected; Arab Television reacts to Obama’s speech; The Rock is back on film; and a new design for traffic lights.