Blogs Roundup

March 23, 2013

No trip to Jordan is complete without perusing Petra, even for a head of state.
09:34 GMT
President Barack Obama is finishing off his tour of the Middle East with a trip to Petra to perhaps celebrate the recent 200 million dollar pledge to Jordan; Tribalism in the Middle East explained; and a new video spoofs the Jordanian Parliament.

March 21, 2013

It's crazy to think that 10 years ago, as Iraq was being bombed, in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood and the NDP were partners.
04:00 GMT
10 years ago, Iraq was invaded and thousands of Egyptians stormed the Tahrir square. Ironically, the Muslim brotherhood and the NDP were partners; "The Iraqi Christ" breaks rules; Stop Murdering Terrorists; and MMA comes to the Middle East.

March 20, 2013

Obama and King are both Nobel Peace prize winners and African American leaders but do they differ when it comes to peace in Palestine?
10:07 GMT
If Marin Luther King were the first African American president in the Middle East, surely he would have a plan of non-violent peace; most Lebanese history books end at 1943; meet Syria’s new interim PM; and are you a social farter?
Did Jordan's King Abdullah stick his foot in his mouth or stick it to the establishment?
04:00 GMT
King Abdullah gets real with The Atlantic Magazine, some say he went too far and Jordan's social media is buzzing. See it all streamed live here; Iraq proves there are no good interventions; and HP launches the ElitePad 900 in Dubai.
Did Jordan's King Abdullah stick his foot in his mouth or stick it to the establishment?
04:00 GMT
King Abdullah gets real with The Atlantic Magazine, some say he went too far and Jordan's social media is buzzing. See it all streamed live here; Iraq proves there are no good interventions; and HP launches the ElitePad 900 in Dubai.

March 19, 2013

All of these influential Iranians agree that the U.S. sanctions are too sweeping.
12:21 GMT
Iranian expatriates don’t agree on much but they all agree that the very severe US sanctions are harming ordinary Iranians and not the regime; Camel fight on Kuwait’s King Fahd highway; Guy strips naked at NDU; and racist incitement by public officials in Israel.
While Westerners are not used to someone sleeping in their home, Arabs are accustomed to having live-in maids.
04:00 GMT
Many Westerners struggle with the idea of a live-in maid at their house. Here are some helpful realities when deciding; Yemen's National Dialogue Conference kicks off; Nokia debuts free music in UAE; and homeless in Dubai.

March 18, 2013

Can America rule the world after the fiasco in Iraq?
11:00 GMT
At the 10 year mark of the invasion of Iraq, the anniversary begs the question-- are the States competent as global leaders? 2013 Riyadh book fair shows progress in KSA; Jeddah Sculpture: The Sword; and the differences between men and women.
The most advanced phone in the world? Some would say the Samsung S4 is just that. (image coutresy of hindustantimes)
04:00 GMT
Finally the new Galaxy phone is out and it hasn’t changed much in appearance but the guts of the phone are groundbreaking; Iraq’s teens drowning in hopelessness; Osama Kadi, Syria’s likely interim premier; and Green Pyramids on St. Patrick's Day.

March 17, 2013

Rachel Corrie fought for the Palestinians and lost her life to the metal of an Israeli bulldozer. (GETTY Image)
12:34 GMT
Time does not bring back lives, only the painful memories of when those lives were taken. This week marks 10 years after the United Sates invaded Iraq with now almost 200k dead. In the same week of the same year, Israeli bulldozers crushed the life of protestor Rachel Corrie.
When it comes to kinky web searches, the Lebanese have quite a top ten list.
05:00 GMT
After careful observation, the Porn MD has observed the Lebanese like their porn kinky and messy; Yemenese women are not who you think they are; Syria is about to get worse; and over one fourth of drone strikes on Pakistanis kill innocent bystanders.

March 16, 2013

Diego Maradona suits up for his club team in Dubai. (image courtesy of Figo 29)
04:00 GMT
Argentinian football icon Diego Maradona is in Dubai and recently participated in the “7 Up Dubai Government Entities Football League”; did the Muslim Brotherhood hijack Syria's revolution? Morsi and the police; and why must religion be patriarchal?

March 14, 2013

Kerry will meet with Assad to see if it is even possible to have a reasonable dialogue.
21:07 GMT
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will first sit with al-Assad to test the water before asking the Syrian opposition to come to the table to negotiate a transition; and a look back at the last time America tried to help in the Middle East.
If the Duchess of Cornwall is thinking about slipping over to Israel for some sight-seeing after her Jordan visit, she better think again.
08:29 GMT
Britain's Prince Charles is on a visit to Jordan, Oman and Qatar. But stepping foot in nearby Israel by any member of the British royal family is officially banned by the British Foreign Office; a funny look at Lebanese plumbing; and the beauty of

March 13, 2013

One ticket to paradise- fight for Assad, jihad is your right! -- Mufti of Syria chimes. (image thanks to magharebia.com )
10:30 GMT
The national news in Syria used to take the revolution uprings lightly. Now, two years in, they show their desperation by lauding the mufti's Jihad declaration; Saudi Arabia is running a little behind; and the MB is dragging the culture of Egypt back daily.