Blogs Roundup

May 9, 2013

A Syrian man identifies the bodies from the massacre in the mountains outside the coastal city of Banias. (AP Image)
01:29 GMT
From eye witness accounts, Ali at-Kayyali is responsible for the slaughter of entire neighborhoods, both young and old; Yemeni protestors and the nature of the emerging political transition; and a campaign for a domestic abuse campaign in Egypt.

May 8, 2013

An old Palestinian man still holds the key to his old house taken from him in 1948.
16:19 GMT
This month (15th May) marks the 65th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba - 'Catastrophe'. Will Israelis empathize with Palestinians this year? A good use of a horn in Jordan; some Western journalists in Syria fail; and more on the 'Homophobic Raid' in Dekwaneh.
Chocolate is precious but for some thieves in Lebanon, it is black gold.
04:00 GMT
Be on the alert in Lebanon for anyone selling boxes of chocolate out of their car- those sweets are hot! More MB ministers in the government; Viper goes to the desktop; political basketball; and a somber Easter in Egypt.

May 7, 2013

Unlike the Lebanese airport, Jordan's has an internet connection that allows everyone to surf in style.
12:58 GMT
One blogger is in shock over the difference between their slow service compared to the crazy-fast service at Jordan's new airport; Dubai police and their super cars; Freedom of press not quite yet; and Lebanese football becomes political.
Obama hopes that all Muslims would proudly wave the American flag someday.
04:00 GMT
The present U.S. administration claims to be focusing on improving its image in the MIddle East. So far, it is not working; most phones to be illegal in Lebanon; ten Free Android apps; and who are you with, Israel or Assad?

May 6, 2013

Syrian Ice Cream maker Bakdash is the Ben and Jerry's of the Middle East.
12:27 GMT
Bakdash is a landmark in the Syrian capital, serving the Arab world's most famous ice cream since 1895. And now they've fled the violence; Yemen youth take action; Israel strikes Syria twice; and how to help Americans can help the Syrian refugees.
There's a reason the Lebanese come across as laid back all the time- they've been through it all!
04:00 GMT
"Ink on the Side" is a blog by Lebanese cartooninst Sareen Akharjalian who finds humor in her cultures own idiosyncrasies; the numbers on drone stikes for April; blowhards on Syria; and a major salafi faction criticizes Jabhat al-Nosra.

May 5, 2013

Little Mohammed has lost his arm, legs and sadly, the care of his parents. Thankfully, he has a grandfather looking after him. (AP)
10:45 GMT
After losing his arms and legs, Palestinian toddler Mohammed al-Farra was ditched by his dad. Now, his grandfather cares for him; how Syria has changed the entire region; a real life Twitter following; and a Lebanese goal celebration is all wet.
Little Mohammed has lost his hands, legs and sadly, the care of his parents. Thankfully, he has a grandfather looking after him. (AP)
10:38 GMT
After losing his arms and legs, Palestinian toddler Mohammed al-Farra was ditched by his dad. Now, his grandfather cares for him; how Syria has changed the entire region; a real life Twitter following; and a Lebanese goal celebration is all wet.
Iron Man 3 is out and making a killing.
04:00 GMT
Just when this blogger didn't think the story could get any better, he saw the third Iron Man and was in awe; Syria becoming Afghanistan; Google recognizes Palestine; and how liberalism was lost in Egypt;

May 4, 2013

Even in the Islamic Holy Land of Saudi Arabia, some people still have their vices. (image for illustrative purposes only. Courtesy of WBRZ )
04:00 GMT
While accessing liquor is difficult and dangerous, more than a handful of both expatriates and Saudi citizens find enough booze to abuse it; is Hezbollah schizophrenic? Egyptian art neglected; and Salafis join the fight against Assad.

May 2, 2013

Syrian President Assad makes a rare public appearance at an electrical plant in Damascus. (image AFP/Uprooted Palestinians)
14:03 GMT
A Happy International Workers' Day to all! And what better way to celebrate than to have Syrian President Assad peering over your shoulder at work? Iran's Ahmadinejad arrested by own government; and Palm Sunday limited in Egypt.
Ancient Egyptians knew the power of the sun. Perhaps the new generation should as well.
04:00 GMT
Ouside of Egypt, one will find people thinking outside of the box. NGOs need to lock into this ingenuity with their emphasis on renewable energies; Lebanese Facebook population stats; and the benign nature of the Egyptian constitution.

May 1, 2013

It's a daily case of 'Who said and did what?" in the Egyptian papers. (image courtesy of Inter Law)
11:00 GMT
The Egyptian people are being torn asunder by the doublespeak being fed through and to the media outlets; Obama reports Assad to Putin for cheating! Support Cancer patients in Arab world; and Happy International Jazz Day!
This young Lebanese chap has a gun almost bigger than his own body. (image courtesy of Gino's Blog)
08:17 GMT
In Tripoli, militia leaders are arming boys as young as nine. VICE recently posted a piece highlighting the fractured cultural allowance for giving guns to boys who are still in elementary school. Bloggers stand appalled and let their annoyances be known.