Blogs Roundup

July 7, 2013

This is the Dubai International Airport. Did it crack the top ten?
08:51 GMT
Do a lot of traveling in the MENA region? Read this post and weigh in on which airports you think should be among the top ten; “The Muslims defeated the Islamists” in Egypt; Kuwait Airways' big #fail; and rampant cheating in Yemeni schools.

July 6, 2013

"Thou shalt have no other gods before me". Someone better tell Arab Idol this message from God.
08:52 GMT
Before Islam, people were bowing down to all sorts of rock faced, cold edifices. Is the same true today? No Lebanese Spring; political Islam isn't cutting it; Egyptians revolted with a lot of military help; and Kuwait uses a lot of gasoline.

July 5, 2013

Back in the late 70s, a UFO was spotted hovering over the oil fields of Kuwait. (image for illustrative purposes only)
08:48 GMT
According to eye witness accounts, a mysterious spaceship somehow shut down some Kuwaiti oil pumps at the end of the Eid; Adly Mansour sworn in as interim president; shame for not being 100% Saudi; and Syria dropping more than just bombs.

July 4, 2013

This is Fena- a symbol for feminists in the Middle East. (image courtesy of LBC Blog)
10:03 GMT
An Arab blogger rejects the notion that feminists are troublemakers and instead offer something the region desperately needs; a Lebanese minister's 1000 page autobiography; the perfect burger; and valet parking in Lebanon.

July 3, 2013

Morsi needs to decide today whether to step down on his own or be forced by the military.
14:54 GMT
Will he stay or will he go now? That is the ever-present question on this July 3rd- the day the army has set a mandate for resolution; Morsi to quit or be removed today; and movies soon to hit DVD and thus be downloaded.
It is now or never for the common, daily computer user to protect his or her privacy.
06:00 GMT
An Arab blogger gives extremely helpful tips on how to keep Google and everyone else from snooping around your web activity; Kerry to give Geneva another go; design the Kuwaiti National Assembly logo; and Obama backs Morsi- says Morsi.

July 2, 2013

A Lebanese boy relaxes on a calm beach, an image contrary to the popular belief that all of the country is in chaos.
12:00 GMT
According to Blog Baladi, Lebanon is not the country on the edge of war and chaos that it is being portrayed to be; 7iber blocked in Jordan; Arab Dictators: A National Geographic Special; and melting traffic lights in Kuwait.
Most Africans face deportation from Israel, but the options of staying or being sent home both have heart-breaking consequences.
07:30 GMT
The entire Middle Eastern region is having a refugee problem and Israel is not excluded; Day One after the #June30 Apocalypse; the threat of flying tomatoes; No shorts, no service; and the MB awakening the volcano.

July 1, 2013

Brad Pitt stars in the zombie thriller "World War Z".
13:15 GMT
Despite it's redone ending and bloated budget, Brad Pitt shines in the first installment of his zombie trilogy; alleged video of 30 Lebanese soldiers arrested by the FSA in Syria; Kuwaitis in Lamborghini's 50th Anniversary; and a summary of the Apocalypse in Egypt.
The Arabist has provided some amazing pictures from the July 30th protests in Egypt.
08:33 GMT
Millions dropped everything all over Egypt to basically say, "We don't like the job our president has done and he has to go!"; FIBA give Lebanon a warning; Ramadan's a comin'; and Samsung Galaxy and a DSLR camera become one.

June 30, 2013

American Andrew Driscoll Pochter was taking pictures of the protests and stabbed to death in Alexandria.
09:28 GMT
Andrew Driscoll Pochter was taking pictures of the protests, Egyptians asked where he was from, and then fatally stabbed him; Anti-Morsi petition has over 22 million signatures; and Morsi and Fundamentalism duel .
Khalid ibn al-Waleed mosque in Homs torched. (YouTube screen grab)
08:02 GMT
There are ancient mosques of enormous significance to Muslims completely destroyed. They were world heritage. They survived the Mongols, but not Assad; countdown to the Apocalypse; Egyptian Christians ready; and the Syrian pound going down.

June 29, 2013

Poor Syrians flooding into Lebanon have been targets of escalating rent prices.
08:31 GMT
Some landlords in Lebanon see the flood of Syrians coming in as a great opportunity to raise the rent; Sunday is judgment day in Egypt; a scathing review of PF Chang's; how to help Syrians; and how the CIA vets rebels.

June 27, 2013

Qatra's former emir Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani left the country running well for his son.
20:16 GMT
'Get going while the going's good' may be just the reason Qatari emir Sheik Tani abdicated his rule to his son; new shiek already assigns new cabinet members; and is there a link between the new Taliban office and the new emir?
June 30th is coming and Tamarod is ready for the ensuing change.
07:22 GMT
Tamarod initiated the upcoming June protests and created the '30 June Front' which lays out a six month post-Morsi roadmap; Coke in and on ice; Italian PM talks Syrian war, a lot; and a look at where the Lebanese government gets its money.