Blogs Roundup

June 12, 2013

The iPhone just got a new operating system and it rocks! (image courtesy of idownloadblog )
08:42 GMT
Gradley gives us everything we need to know about the Iphone's new digs and from his persepctive, this puts Apple back on top; Splash! brings plenty of boobs; Erdogan Assaults Taksim in bid to break up protests; and KSA to block Skype.

June 11, 2013

British Leader Nick Griffin may just be in Lebanon to learn about Hezbollah's anti-Jihadi programme. (image from Karl reMarks)
13:16 GMT
Without a real clue as to why a British in in Beirut, Lebanon Karl reMarks offers some cheeky possibilities; Jordan's women in the Asian Cup finals! Kuwait University ablaze again; and an Egyptian response to the Ethiopian letter.
HTC One and the Samsung s4 are both slick phones but which is Arab friendly? (image courtesy of Z District)
04:00 GMT
The Superbowl of Smartphones has finally gone down in Kuwait. See who this Arab blogger thinks came out on top; the Turkish protests explained; Lebanese waters compared to a toilet; and an 'Ode to an Icon' in Amman.

June 10, 2013

This Nile dam is the source of the rift between Egypt and Ethiopia.
12:00 GMT
Both sides of the issue are getting worked up so one Ethiopians tries to calm things down with a little heart to heart; Google is close to buying Waze for $1.3 billion; questions children ask; and artists in Egypt protest their minister of culture.
A picture taken during Sunday's protests in Lebanon. (image courtesy of Nahar )
08:02 GMT
The Gulf countries told their citizens to avoid the Lebanese land for the time being and naturally, the Beirutis took particular offense; Yemen's Human Rights Minister joins strike; 'like' a protest on Save-facebook; and Syria about to move it up a notch.

June 9, 2013

It seems America fears Salafists more than Assad after a meeting in Spain in May of this year.
09:55 GMT
A Beirut newspaper claims a “high-ranking State Department official” spoke on Washington’s behalf in Barcelona to a Damascus government official about the extremist threat.; Kurdish Idol? Jordan thrashes Kuwait; and Amman this week.
XBox One has a new update and some are not too pleased with it. (image courtesy of Techland)
04:00 GMT
It seems once people update their XBox One, they're locked out form almost everything. Back to the drawing board! A prayer fro Egypt; Hit-and-run woman driver kills a municipal police in Lebanon; and ancient tombs in Egypt left unprotected.

June 8, 2013

For one reason or another, Saudi women are still subject to rampant abuse.
08:16 GMT
If one is in a room with ten Saudi women, at least three of them are being beat or slapped on a regular basis at home; four pages of raw Morsi; Sunnis are mad and the Syria war is coming to Lebanon; and what to do when a professor wants to be facebook buddies.

June 7, 2013

A church is restored by the Egyptian government to its original beauty. (image courtesy of Ahram Online)
09:14 GMT
The Abbey Church of the Apostles in Giza governate was restored by the same government that has let many other churches get torched; Qusayr is completley ruined; al-Zawahiri rants; Lebanon's clubs are cheating patrons; and Al Bareidi says sorry to Ethiopia.

June 6, 2013

This is the picture of the Turkish Revolution (image courtesy of and by Osman Orsal)
08:38 GMT
The image of "Ceyda Sungur" a Turkish academic being sprayed by tear gas sums up the boiling in the streets of Turkey; pizza delivered by helicopter? Let the music fade; and two cops jailed for parking in handicap spot in Kuwait.

June 5, 2013

Kuwait has dropped to the 66th least corrupted country in the world.
14:41 GMT
The 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index is out and Kuwait is no longer in the top 50; Hizballah supporters are passing out flyers celebrating victory in Syria; the 'Rebel' campaign in Egypt gains momentum; and bigotry in menus.
The youngest female and first Saudi women to top Everest is Raha Muharrak.
08:10 GMT
After almost two years of training, Raha became the frist Saudi woman and youngest arab female to scale Everest; NGO trail in Egypt finishes, bad news results; less than 4 million Lebs in Lebanon; and Turks arguing well.

June 4, 2013

The best way to see Lebanon is to go off the beaten path with a local.
16:54 GMT
All week, a seasoned Lebanese pro offers a plan to make your time in Lebanon the best ever; if Kuwait slogans told the truth; Facebook's hidden message in its notification sound; and Israel is riding the bench while the U.S. shows up late to the game.

June 3, 2013

Former PM of Tunisia Jebali is cautious, but hopeful that Tunisia is going to rise.
23:34 GMT
Are political freedoms, mutual respect, a civil state, an independent judiciary, and the rejection of state hegemony or violence coming to Tunisia? Morsi blames Ethiopia for Nile dam; taking Aleppo not the silver bullet; and things that may you go numb.
Turkey is in the spotlight and things are not looking pretty.
15:22 GMT
Turkey finds itself at the top of the headlines with multiple stories brewing. Along with the strain at and beyond its borders caused by Syria, internally the people have taken to the streets and are calling out the prime minster's abuse of power.