Blogs Roundup

August 10, 2013

"Our drone program is based on amazing intel." Really?
12:04 GMT
The President of the USA is trying to assure everyone that the drone surveillance program is under control. Many were not convinced; Arabic is fading in Lebanon; and a look at Beirut 50 years ago through the lens of a stewardess.

August 8, 2013

Happy Eid from all the Arab bloggers!
10:25 GMT
No fasting today, it is time for cheer! The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 dawn-to-sunset fasting. It has been a time of prayer, reflection, soul-searching and generosity. Happy Eid to all!

August 7, 2013

Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain are heading to Egypt. (Getty)
15:22 GMT
Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham were sent by Obama to fix it all in Egypt. Juan Cole says they are just not the right picks for the job; movie review- Red 2; the perfect tabbouleh; and Libyans rob foreign wives of everything.
Will the moon tell Muslims Thursday or Friday for the end of this year's Ramadan?
09:07 GMT
So it is fairly certain that Muslims can break their fast tomorrow but there is not yet a religious scholar who has given the Thursday thumbs up; Dabke from the Jews? As if! ElBaredei accused as pro regime; and Syria Opposition takes Mengh Airbase.

August 6, 2013

Al Qaeda's big cheese has American embassies shuttering like a Kansas window store before a twister.
16:04 GMT
Apparently America's reaction to a piece of intel by closing almost 20 embassies has been perceived as something to laugh about. Check out this satirical transcript of the supposed intel and a comic that gives Tony Blair a kick in the pants.
Maxime Chaaya has crossed the Indian Ocean in record time.
07:38 GMT
Maxime Chaaya finished rowing the Indian Ocean today and while it has not been officially announced, he is a new world record holder! females director empowers other females; tanks for the rebels; and Egypt’s Salafi-Jihadis.

August 5, 2013

This Eid, Riyadh has all of your celebration needs.
13:00 GMT
Life in hot Riyadh just got a whole lot cooler with a list of top ten activities for those celebrating Eid al Fitr this 2013; moderates in Iran rise; reporting news in Egypt is not easy; and Embassy closures show American weakness.
In what Messi seemed as harmless and pious may have alienated many of his fanbase.
09:30 GMT
Football phenom Lionel Messi is perhaps the best in the world but even he must face the scrutiny of appearing Jewish, if even for only a few minutes; Assad and his foes at a stalemate; Arab men at the beach; and never lose your keys again.

August 4, 2013

The Eid holiday date is soon to be announce. Is your kitchen stocked and ready?
14:33 GMT
So the Islamic celebration is nigh and some may have not made a menu yet for the parties. No worries because we have all the best recipes here; one month after Morsi left; Lebanon’s first sexologist; and a door hanger for prayer interrupters.
Of course smoking the hubbly-bubbly made the list of reasons why the Arab world is amazing.
09:03 GMT
One blogger lays out close to 30 reasons why living in the Middle East is indeed the cat's meow; a scooter that becomes a suitcase; Ariel Sharon not dead, yet; and Shawerma in London is not that great.

August 3, 2013

Is the burning Davidian compound in Waco a glimpse of what is to come in Egypt?
08:49 GMT
The two sit-ins Cairo and Giza have some scary parallels to the sit-in protests in by the Branch Davidians in Texas; Hezbollah tells president to fly away; more bad news from Syria; and Stonehenge & the Ancient Phoenicians connected?

August 1, 2013

A video game acted out, Assasin's Creed meets Parkour is amazing. (YouTube screengrab)
11:53 GMT
If ever a video game was played out in reality, it is Assassin’s Creed. Watch as this amazing acrobat jumps from building to building; Eid Al Fitr Holidays are close; the Kuwait Invasion Anniversary and treating Lebanese politicians like employees.
Kurdish people have made several tributes such as this photo for slain Kurd Isa Huso.
08:14 GMT
The assassination of Isa Huso, a prominent Syrian Kurdish politician, in Syria’s northeastern town of Qamishli leaves everyone wondering who killed who; Windows 8.1 Enterprise gives a sneak peak; 'Sex and the Medina' and Cooper's legacy.

July 31, 2013

If one protests in Bahrain, they may lose their citizenship forever.
13:14 GMT
A coalition of Shiite groups and some Sunnis continues to agitate against the authoritarian practices of the Sunni monarchy. The government is responding by tightening the noose of free speech and breaking international human rights laws.
For men's styles this Eid, it is either go big or go home.
05:00 GMT
For Saudi men, no ordinary robe will do for this year's Eid celebrations. It appears that 2013 is the year of the fashionable robe; being a single lady in Lebanon and Assad's advances are not as impressive as they may seem.