Blogs Roundup

August 21, 2013

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.
Too much time on Facebook is not at all healthy.
08:36 GMT
Who would have thunk it? Apparently the digital interaction with friends on Facebook only makes a person grumpy and depressed; democracy is not democracy; Yemenis for Morsi and a tribute to the victims of the Lebanese bombings.

August 17, 2013

Ten solid and irritating reasons America will keep sending aid to Egypt.
11:17 GMT
To almost any observer, the mess in Egypt does not need anymore support from America. Yet for many reasons, the funds will keep flowing; Saudis and breastfeeding; 'I told you so Arabs!'; and the Rouweis bombing in Lebanon

August 16, 2013

Lenovo Y500 is the new laptop desktop-like PC for gamers.
04:08 GMT
Some ardent gamers would never give a laptop the time of day, including this tech blogger. But after testing the new Lenovo, he may just take a lap-dance; PhD holding Saudi women; question galore for Egypt; and a car bomb in Beirut.

August 15, 2013

Protests are nothing new to Egyptians but the most recent death count is- almost 500 in the morgue.
10:43 GMT
With every act of governmental violence there comes conspiracy theorists - one author shows how all of the chaos in Egypt is premeditated; honoring the mother of Jesus; Saudis and Western Movies; and an Egyptian bishop responds.

August 14, 2013

A truck is destroyed after protests by Pro Morsi followers face resistance from the Egyptian government.
10:40 GMT
In Nahdha and Rabba, the new government is cracking down on the pro-Morsi protesters- stores are being burnt and skulls are being cracked; Arab, atheist and proud; and how the Phoenicians created government.
Dr. Fata is going to be spending a lot of time away from his wife is he stands convicted.
09:27 GMT
According to nurses who worked with him, Dr. Fata put thousands on chemo who did not need to be; PhD students have far too much time on their hands; this week in Amman; and Eid away from home is always difficult.

August 13, 2013

Jordan's refugees- strangers in a strange land as far as the eye can see.
21:31 GMT
Over 270 teachers work daily in the camps and approximately 10 babies a day are born; to be Muslim is to be inherently violent? Baghdad is bombed, again; and a royal prince defects from Saudi and spills the beans on his family.
Writer Maryam Al-Khawaja remembers the Bahrain of her dreams and her youth.
11:52 GMT
The raw, musings of a girl who grew up in exile from Bahrain and returned to see what was being done to the once beautiful country; kidnapped Turkish pilots; and Saudi families send their mentally handicapped children away.

August 12, 2013

Many children are abandoned in Lebanon by their ashamed mothers. (image for illustrative purposes only)
23:33 GMT
For those children born out of wedlock in Lebanon, there is no system set up for them to have anything but a miserable life; Kuwait is highly employed; Iran-Iraq pushing for Syria's balkanization and the suffering Sudanese.