Blogs Roundup

August 27, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks on Syria at the State Department in Washington, DC, on August 26, 2013. (AFP)
08:53 GMT
US Secretary of State John Kerry had some stern words for Syrian President Assad; All the questions to ask during Jordan's municipal elections; and GAP shoots a sea-side spread on the Beirut beaches.

August 26, 2013

Matt Damon and Jodie Foster star in 'Elysium'.
20:00 GMT
According to one Arab reviewer, Matt Damon does a stellar job but the story of 'Elysium' is lacking; Lebanese reporter unfairly deemed vain; and the numbers from the deaths in Egypt from just one week are staggering.
Depression is seen as weakness and 'just a phase' to many in the Arab world.
11:10 GMT
Depression is still largely stigmatized in the Arab world, including Palestine, as a sign of weakness and lack of faith; why a newspaper is better than online news; and the top 10 MENA startups according to Forbes.

August 25, 2013

One brave girl keeps her faith but removed her head covering and shares her experience ot others.
16:41 GMT
A girl who grew up in America shares how after seeing that the hijab does not represent who she actually is, she ripped it off; nowhere in the world is a safe haven; and testimonies from bombing survivors in Lebanon.
The UN is concerned about their lack of resources for the growing number of Syrian refugees.
10:44 GMT
Over one million Syrians are stranded without anything but the outside support of others and it seems the others are losing interest; prayers for Egypt; Saudis and their hookah; no silver chemical bullet yet; and Saudis be smoking.

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.