December 21, 2013
In a Blog Roundup featuring the suffering Gazans still with flooded streets, Bahrainis still fighting the injustice and Syrians dreaming of freedom, London provided a sickening contrast with a sweet that costs more than most of the world's annual wage.
December 19, 2013
After throwing a fit over America not lifting all of the sanctions, it seems things have been resolved and the historic talks have begun again; Young Women for Change in Afghanistan; the best of reMarks; and how to honor Mandela well.
The economy is weakening and the promises from elected officials are being broken. It won't be long until a revolution begins in Israel; IKEA for refugees; Chocolate Cheesecake Bars to die for; and another look at Alexa in Jordan.
December 18, 2013
In one month, the world will see LG's attempt to run a computer using Google as its operating system- Chromebase; Arab Spring or Arab Sprung? Syria and the lessons from Iraq; and would you all finish the constitution already?!
Aluminum Bahrain's lawyers have successfully argued that bribery is the norm in a London court, ending the trial of one Victor Dahdaleh; the Levante's refugee crisis; Libya has a serious gas problem; and Dutch hostage's treated nicely.
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'.
December 12, 2013
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.
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!