Blogs Roundup

February 3, 2014

Ink on the Side tackles the sticky issue of car bombings in Lebanon.
10:27 GMT
For most driver's education courses, the student learns proper defensive driving. In Lebanon, driver's safety is an entirely different beast; an IDF killing left unchecked; what's hot in Amman this week; and wearing the hijab in Singapore just got a whole lot trickier.

February 2, 2014

Armed Yemeni men wait for what will happen next in Al Dhale.
11:14 GMT
The Yemeni army fired on a group of families while they were attending a funeral. Needless to say the UN and others are hoping for some resolution; World Bank misses it on social inclusion; Iran getting its money back; and Bahrain's Crown prince enters the ring.
The lips of a woman.
07:51 GMT
Our edgy Saudi professor asks Saudi students they're take on the place for oral sex in the bedroom and for the most part, it's a non-starter; Kerry plan gives Palestinians less than Olmert's; Facebook nixing the 'Iraqi Revolution'; and a documentary on the Lebanese Warlords.

February 1, 2014

Iran has now opened up its movie theaters for the public.
12:07 GMT
The ban has been lifted on movies in Iran and the theater halls are packed with Persians starved for some good ol' Hollywood brainwashing; beware- Putpockets are about! RoboCop coming to the Middle East; and more bad PR for Israel.

January 31, 2014

With so many people online, advertisers are investing in internet marketing for the MENA region.
07:57 GMT
In the next three years, over 3 billion dollars will be used by companies to market their wares specifically on the internet; Assad intentional in destruction; the numbers are in for drones strikes in Pakistan; and spoofing Blair's speech about Egypt.

January 30, 2014

Could this man be one of the unsung heroes of Lebanon?
14:09 GMT
While daily life in Lebanon is not without its troubles, these four men and women are the ones who keep it bearable. Let's give them a hand; the New BlackBerry OS 10.2.1; and drawings that are better than the actual photos.

January 29, 2014

Mutussam Abu Karsh and Yasmeen El Najjar, two Palestinian teens, both amputees and both wearing prosthetic limbs, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. (photo by the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund)
21:43 GMT
Mutussam and Yasmeen for "the first time .. have felt truly free- no walls, no borders, no checkpoints and soldiers."; Five things the Lebanese do wrong and well; Obama is still a war-hawk; and Coursera Online Courses blocked for Syrians, Iranians and Cubans.
Google now has Persian calendar settings.
09:44 GMT
Google figured that since the US Government is cozying up to Iran, why not let the calendar app be Persian friendly as well; kids used in Egyptian protests; hookah blues in jordan; and sad stories from the Zaatari refugee camp.

January 28, 2014

Jailed Al Jazeera reporter Peter Greste. (Facebook)
14:25 GMT
Now on his fourth week captive, Al Jazeera's Peter Greste writes a second letter from Egypt's Tora Prison, where he is being held without charge; Marlboro Marijuana Cigarettes- fake! How technology affects great writers; and Sisi is coming.
Fifty Shades of Grey is the latest in popular erotica.
05:00 GMT
A survey of Saudis showed that while the majority stand against any written depictions of intimacy, there are still many who like to sweat when they read; go extreme in Egypt; congrats to Tunisia; and 10 helpful hints for WordPress.

January 27, 2014

An Al Qaeda member celebrates the taking of Fallujah.
13:00 GMT
With the help of Syrian special forces and Russian artillery, the Iraqi Army is attempting to cleanse their country of Al Qaeda for good; a Bahraini with soul; a movie about real killers in Indonesia; and Netanyahu faces a dilemma with his son dating a non-Jew.
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Bruce Springsteen, David Grohl and Trent Reznor  share the stage at the 2014 Grammy Awards. (FaceBook)
08:08 GMT
For many who love music, both old and new, the 2014 Grammy Awards was their Xanadu; Trent Reznor, Metallica, Paul & Ringo, and Stevie Wonder all performed; the commuter blues; and the meaning of life is.... a decent lunch?!

January 26, 2014

A Tunisian man kisses his flag.
15:04 GMT
Tunisia's new government is a rainbow of religious and political groups. Is this why they are getting along so well? Egypt sure would like to know; Aline Lahoud impresses in France; half a million to Palestinian startups; and six stories form Lebanon.
Scarlett in a Sodastream advert.
07:55 GMT
Sodastream is a company built within the third largest Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank and Scarlett Johansson has their back; feminism is for men and women; Tajiks asked to change their Russian names; and Egyptian diplomat kidnapped in Libya.

January 25, 2014

A Saudi woman is now serving dishes like these form her own restaurant in KSA.
14:38 GMT
Nora Almoqateeb is breaking down all sorts of barriers and following her dream of starting and running her own eatery in Saudi Arabia; Egyptian vlogger bigger threat than terrorists? and a Lebanese man kills his daughters and himself in Texas.