Blogs Roundup

November 19, 2013

The Toshiba KIRA Ultrabook just made forgetting your charger a minor problem.
17:59 GMT
Just when things couldn't get any sweeter for the tech world, Toshiba busts out a laptop that can be used for a whole 22 hours! the Mohamed Mahmoud protests remembered; and why the Middle East needs France right now.
Egyptian funnyman Bassem Youssef.
05:00 GMT
After a bumpy start to his second season and being taken off the air, Bassem has officially ended his contract with the CBC Network; 3 months for beating a maid; Saudi flooded by heavy rains; and in Gaza, children walk through sewage to get to school.

November 18, 2013

A woman being scanned at an airport.
09:16 GMT
One former member of a left-wing group in Israel shares his story of humiliation and frustration after being profiled as a potential terrorist; there are places for women worse than Egypt; nose jobs at a car show in Dubai; and a pacifist returns to Syria.
Over 40% of internet users in Saudi Arabia also use twitter.
05:00 GMT
Almost one out of every two Saudis who is on the net is also using twitter in one way or another; can you celebrate the Arab way? Russia claiming that U.S ruined the Iran deal; and what you missed last week on Egyptian T.V.

November 17, 2013

An oil well is drilled, oil is sold to America and some of the money trickles down to extremist goals.
13:00 GMT
Many extremist groups in Syria, Iraq and Iran receive money from wealthy supporters who make their money from selling oil to the West; governments cannot override the will of the people; polio rampant in Syria; and Dubai goes wireless.
The Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani
05:00 GMT
The Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said the best way to end the growing sectarian violence in the region is for Assad and Maliki to step down; down home Palestinian recipes; no Egypt for Banksy; and one year anniversary of Israel's attack on Gaza.

November 16, 2013

Recently, several Palestinians have proven the wall is not impenetrable.
05:00 GMT
Palestinians from two villages took sledgehammers and wire cutters and broke massive holes through random parts of the Israeli separation wall; Shiit's remember Imam Hussein's death; BAssem still muted; and Kurds not all in agreement over Syria.

November 14, 2013

He may be gone but Michael Jackson continues to inspire musicians, even in Yemen.
08:15 GMT
Just when you thought 'Smooth Criminal' could not be covered again, Yemeni musician Ahmed Al Shaiba comes along and kills it! Horrendous prisons and CIA in Egypt, still; more 'Arabic Over Coffee'; and Bahrainis not taking injustice lying down.
Northern Syria has long been the residence of mainly Kurdish people. (image from
04:30 GMT
Just as most suspected, the Kurds, long persecuted by the Assads, are fighting to secure the Northern part of Syria; kidnapping as a quick money-maker in Lebanon; a warning about an Iranian War; and EZStore for the MENA region only.

November 13, 2013

A group named “Demons of Hack" has struck.
11:42 GMT
The hackers claim, “Jews has caused destruction on earth and has bloodshed lots of blood.” Maybe they should just focus on their grammar; Shadowy anti-terrorism force in Iraq; Egypt worse than Yemen? and illegal eagle hunting in Lebanon.
Bad Grandpa has mixed reviews, despite it's box office success.
06:43 GMT
Bad Grandpa is like following one sick Jackass stunt for an hour and a half. One Arab reviewer says it was good but not great; #SomeoneTellSaudiArabia to stop; peacemakers can't ignore Nabka; and Scandinavian Prisoners in Bahrain.

November 12, 2013

The new Apple iPad with retina display. (image courtesy of Turbosquid)
13:17 GMT
Our Lebanese blogger has the inside scoop on where to get the new iPad with retina display before it is even announced; Kerry not innocent in failed talks; get a cold drink in 45 seconds flat! and Iranians have fun with the Geneva talks.
Depression a growing problem globally, especially in Jordan.
07:49 GMT
A Jordanian blogger laments the fact that their country is among the many Arabs nations that are down in the dumps; Russians working an arms deal with Saudi; and support for the martyrs of Egypt has backfired on two soccer stars.

November 11, 2013

Former PLO leader Yasser Arafat
11:54 GMT
On the anniversary of his death, the theory that Arafat was poisoned is tested again. This time, they look at his belongings the day of his death; Israel did it! Tamarrod is calling for the removal of Hamas; and Arab police brutality.
Syrian President Bashar Assad
07:04 GMT
Many believe the United States is trying to oust Bashar Assad but rebel leader Col Abdul Jabbar al-Okaidi says that quite opposite is in fact true; Syrian journalist kidnapped in Aleppo; Israel kicking out Bedouins; and not-so-free speech in Jordan.