Blogs Roundup

August 24, 2013

Arabs are not too impressed by the new Batman
13:48 GMT
In the midst of regional war, some Arabs find themselves heartbroken by Ben Affleck becoming their new hero; how to stop bombings in Lebanon; a cartoon for the bombings; and understanding the Muslim Brotherhood.

August 22, 2013

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) welcomes the Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to China. (Photo by Getty Images)
12:50 GMT
Ever the global economic strategist, China is tapping into the Middle East and all her riches through the country of the UAE; 'If Syrian blood were oil,"; Saudi women be shoppin'; and what now in Syria, President Obama?
You guessed it- chicken noodle soup makes the list of foods that build the immune system.
09:18 GMT
Before anyone goes to pop another pill or get another injection, one Arab blogger opens her recipe book to the health section to help others; Kurds helping Kurds from Syria; was Dubya really sincere? and don't fart on a tile floor.

August 21, 2013

Al Jazeera is trying to reach an American audience with its new channel. (image from Facebook)
17:46 GMT
The English Al Jazeera is not what is crossing the Atlantic to America. The claim is that this is news catered to an American audience; do the Lebanese bounce back without healing? and a new mobile app to learn Arabic.
Jordan is the region's own Silicon Valley but will this change due to over taxing?
09:38 GMT
The Hashemite Kingdom is beefing up the dues for any company on their land and IT companies may be paying close to double; who burns a church? Gen, Sisi channeling Algeria's leaders; and kidnapping is just flat out wrong.

August 20, 2013

Arabic has words like none other to describe what's really going on in the sack.
14:46 GMT
Shereen el-Feki’s book 'Sex and the Citadel' shows that Arabic was used to write some of the steamiest and passionate love stories to date; lack of resources in Egypt source of anger; and an HTC Windows Phone is coming.
Riding a bike as woman in Saudi is not that much fun.
09:49 GMT
And the hits just keep coming for women in KSA. Apparently, riding a bike is haraam on SO many levels there so ladies better steer clear; Happy Ramadan dates from Israel; and Firefox tries its own mobile phone O/S.

August 19, 2013

Mohammed is the most common name for boys in England for 2012.
18:33 GMT
All the Charleses and Olivers have been outnumbered. Mohammed is the tag of choice for babies this year in England; Egyptians have America all wrong; who are the Liwaa Asifat al-Shamal? and 10 steps to a dictatorship.
The Lebanese are fed up with violence and want to solve it with a National  Kissing Day.
10:46 GMT
A homegrown cell is fighting terrorism with affection. A movement has begun for a day to celebrate peaceful intimacy in Lebanon; the phone is occupied; is everyone who disagrees a kafir? and not all Gulfies agree on Egypt.

August 18, 2013

A Libyan did not let the loss of his arm deter him from teaching the next generation. (image from Khadi Jateri)
11:28 GMT
The scars of war have pierced the heart of Libya's educational system that now features maimed teachers and lackluster conditions; Copts support the crackdown; and why protests in Cairo are worth the risk.
Too much time on Facebook is not at all healthy.
08:36 GMT
Who would have thunk it? Apparently the digital interaction with friends on Facebook only makes a person grumpy and depressed; democracy is not democracy; Yemenis for Morsi and a tribute to the victims of the Lebanese bombings.

August 17, 2013

Ten solid and irritating reasons America will keep sending aid to Egypt.
11:17 GMT
To almost any observer, the mess in Egypt does not need anymore support from America. Yet for many reasons, the funds will keep flowing; Saudis and breastfeeding; 'I told you so Arabs!'; and the Rouweis bombing in Lebanon

August 16, 2013

Lenovo Y500 is the new laptop desktop-like PC for gamers.
04:08 GMT
Some ardent gamers would never give a laptop the time of day, including this tech blogger. But after testing the new Lenovo, he may just take a lap-dance; PhD holding Saudi women; question galore for Egypt; and a car bomb in Beirut.

August 15, 2013

Protests are nothing new to Egyptians but the most recent death count is- almost 500 in the morgue.
10:43 GMT
With every act of governmental violence there comes conspiracy theorists - one author shows how all of the chaos in Egypt is premeditated; honoring the mother of Jesus; Saudis and Western Movies; and an Egyptian bishop responds.

August 14, 2013

A truck is destroyed after protests by Pro Morsi followers face resistance from the Egyptian government.
10:40 GMT
In Nahdha and Rabba, the new government is cracking down on the pro-Morsi protesters- stores are being burnt and skulls are being cracked; Arab, atheist and proud; and how the Phoenicians created government.