Blogs Roundup

November 2, 2014

Earlier this year, American actress Scarlett Johansson came under fire with Oxfam after appearing as SodaStream's "brand ambassador."
11:20 GMT
Following a year of calls to boycott, a dip in international sales and the Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam incident everyone remembers best, Israel's SodaStream is moving operations out of the West Bank, but their reasons might be misunderstood.

October 30, 2014

If you're an attractive single lady, should you be picky about the guy's appearance? (Shutterstock).
12:27 GMT
As a single Arab lady, should you be picky about your date's appearance?; Egypt's first female aviator, Lotfia al-Nadi was recognized on Google's homepage yesterday; challenging activities for ladies in Kuwait this weekend - go Crossfit!
British-Lebanese composer Bushra Al-Turk is one of three Lebanese women mentioned in BBC's list. (Image courtesy of Bushra's website)
08:13 GMT
A female cat fight gone bad and caught on film now brings freelance photog under litigation for defamation; Amr Salama's "Made in Egypt" film leaves viewers unclear whether it's for adults or children.

October 29, 2014

Tense relations: Netanyahu and Obama go from bad to worse.
12:09 GMT
The Atlantic publishes an explosive article that says U.S. officials called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a "chickensh*t"; Lebanese officials struggle with misogyny; and is racism really over in Israel?
Protesting runs in the blood: Maryam Al Khawaja shares her story through social media.
07:48 GMT
Two sisters in Bahrain followed in the footsteps of their now jailed father to protest against Bahrain's government; a British charity has launched a Twitter-scanning service to monitor suicidal tweets; caught on camera: Israeli forces brutally arrested an elderly Palestinian man in Jerusalem.

October 28, 2014

A halloween Jack-O-Lantern
13:58 GMT
Iranians divulge their greatest fears with surprising honesty; a Lebanese person divulges funny thoughts on why Beirut and Dubai are worlds apart; and a look at reasons why Qatar just isn't that evil.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin greets an Arab-Israeli elder during a memorial ceremony in honor of the Kafr Qassim massacre October 26, 2014, held in the Arab-Israeli town Kfar Qassem.
10:06 GMT
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin attends a memorial ceremony in honor of the Kafr Qassim massacre on October 26th; heartbreaking last message of Reyhaneh Jabbari who was hanged for murdering the man who sexually assaulted her; and Palestinian Bedouins forced to live in graveyards by Israel.
Activist Sheikh Muhammad Khalaf al-Hadid condemned what he described as being the dispatch of Jordanian troops to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, hoping they had been sent to liberate Al-Aqsa and fight the Zionist army.
07:41 GMT
Elite force of Jordanian soldiers was currently fighting the Islamic State organization in N Iraq, Lebanese patient ordered his friends to fire at a Baalbeck hospital because doctor tried to shave hair on his body, photo exhibition highlights racism against Lebanese of African and Asian heritage

October 27, 2014

Manchester City players are celebrating the Premier League trophy at the end of last season.
14:22 GMT
Man City will display their trophies in Abu Dhabi; The UAE “Drones for Good Award” teams up with Microsoft; and Carole Babikian Kokoni helps needy children.
Algerian police march in the capital
08:04 GMT
The police themselves are protesting in Algeria; a UN refugee official takes on an anti-Palestinian activist on Fox News; and Egypt's avant-garde theater.

October 26, 2014

A camel smiles.
13:40 GMT
Costa Coffee is having all drinks made with camel's milk for their new store launch in Kuwait. It's a one day only chance so live a little and try it; time for U.S. Jews to face the music; and UAE is promoting drones for good and not evil.
A group of young Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem.
06:15 GMT
The Israeli Army is not at all pleased with what they perceive as the free loading antics of Ultra-Orthodox men choosing to not serve their country militarily; a Lebanese sheikh is causing a whole lot of trouble; and Tunisians encouraged to rock the vote.

October 25, 2014

This is Lebanon's 'Overly Confident Man'
10:31 GMT
One picture of a hairy man with a moustache and a smug radiance has given birth to some of the funniest memes of 2014; immigrants love the Arab world; metalheads from Egypt pushing their cause online; and "Share Play" feature for Playstation is awesome.

October 23, 2014

Tunisian-French street artist eL Seed paints in Amman, Jordan. (7iber)
09:07 GMT
How classy is el Seed's caligrafitti? He painted a mural on the minaret of a Tunisian mosque. This globetrotting Arab Banksy showed his stuff recently in Amman; is the White Shroud Syria's answer to ISIS; and which GoPro Hero is better?
A Yazidi refugee camp in Khanek (photo: Saad al-Avdal)
06:08 GMT
One rainfall made the Yazidi camps in Iraqi Kurdistan into a massive mud pit. If they don't receive legitimate housing soon, lives may be lost to ices, not ISIS; the Iranian Axis against ISIL; Five times a Lebanese was proud; and acid attacks on women in Iran.