Blogs Roundup

June 14, 2014

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas heads the new Palestinian unity government. (AFP)
22:27 GMT
Three Israeli teens, who study in the West Bank, have even missing since Thursday night. How will the new Fatah-Hamas government respond? A couple falls off a balcony, dies while having sex and uber-feminists attack!

June 13, 2014

JLo on stage for 2014's opening World Cup Ceremonies (YouTube)
23:14 GMT
MIllions of fans from all over the world got to see JLo shaking it in a fantastic dress by a Lebanese designer. Get the full story here; Lord, what can be done about the harassment of women in Egypt; and judgement day could be confusing.

June 12, 2014

The official flag of the ISIS in Syria.
23:33 GMT
In little over a year, ISIS has managed to become the strongest faction fighting in Syria’s civil war and now they run a third of Iraq; Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah gets 15 years; and Lumia Windows phones now ion the Middle East.
The fellas from 22 Jump Street (flixist)
09:28 GMT
Just when we thought there couldn't be another comedy sequel that bombs, 22 Jump Street comes along and totally blows us away! A woman kills her maid in Kuwait and gets no punishment whatsoever; and a wedding proposal done right in an airport.

June 11, 2014

Anonymous plans to hack beIN Sports, the Qatari network broadcasting the World Cup.
22:44 GMT
In the Middle East, if people want to watch World Cup games, they have to pay for a subscription to beIN Sports. Anonymous thinks this is wrong so they're gonna attack; a place for Lebanese lovers of German football; and the World Cup whiners won in Beirut.

June 10, 2014

The World Cup could serve as a peace symbol for the Lebanese.
21:30 GMT
The Maronite Patriarch, Hezbollah's Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, and many more will gather together to watch football; a short film captures the temptation of being an Israeli informant; and laws won't fix Tahrir rapes.
Maha Bahnassy is the news anchor who laughed about women being assaulted. (Facebook)
20:55 GMT
Maha Bahnassy is a female anchor for Tahrir TV and she had a hearty laugh while reporting on the women assaulted in Tahrir square; is Viper really an Israeli spy tool? Right Said Fred burns Assad; and militants take over another Iraqi city.

June 9, 2014

Dead fighters in Anbar, iraq.
23:16 GMT
Even if some Iraqi fighters have mixed Sunni-Shiite blood which could place them in the position to kill friends or family, they have no choice but to fight; Qatar is not approaching 2022 with grace; and after Syria, the ISIS fighters are coming for the West.
Activestill captures the best photos of occupied Palestine.
18:01 GMT
Almost fifty years ago, residents of Palestine were forcefully removed from their land. From then until now, pictures tell the story; pop-ups go from bad to worse; an abused neighbor in Syria; and the headlines of Egypt run the gamut on Sisi's election.

June 8, 2014

Though newly re-elected as President of Syria, Bashar Assad still has plenty of enemies.
22:29 GMT
Syrian President Assad is in for the fight of his life, literally. Rebels are geared up to continue fighting until the bitter end; photo of an IDF soldier sucker-punching an activist in the face; and how to replace a passport in Jordan.
A woman votes in Iraq. (Getty)
11:54 GMT
Iraq is a fluke, Syria is a laugh, Egypt is a joke, Libya is a hoot, and Turkey is a facade. Yet somehow, these countries love elections; I went to a fight and a Lebanese basketball game broke out; and America still uncertain about Iran.

June 7, 2014

These are some of the characters from the new McDonald's World Cup ad. (YouTube)
22:21 GMT
The World Cup is still weeks away but the talent of your everyday, pedestrian soccer player is on full display in this ad from McDonald's; how is showing one's underwear, or worse, a trendy new fashion? and catching up on the news in Lebanon.

June 5, 2014

Even Captain Jack Sparrow should fear the new pirate viruses.
18:09 GMT
It seems computer hackers have too much time on their hands because now they are developing pirate like viruses for smartphones; What did Assad do while waiting for the election results? and the major differences between Apple and Google.

June 4, 2014

Three women are smiling. They must not be from Lebanon.
23:50 GMT
International pollster Gallup released its latest “Negative Emotions Index,” and Lebanon was among five Middle Eastern countries that are very sad; the case of Meriam Ibrahim in Sudan is Islamic injustice; and Erdogan calls out CNN.
Maysoon Ziad
14:16 GMT
This project requires raising $33,000 US Dollars. So far $10,310 has been raised, and more money is still needed by June 22nd; it is official, Sisi is the new head of state; and the latest tech gossip from the Middle East.