Blogs Roundup

June 25, 2013

This is Fadel Shaker before he went completely conservative and, by some people's standards, crazy.
12:00 GMT
Fadel Shaker was singing the blues but now he is a freedom fighter with the Lebanese rebels who kill in the name of Islam; Saudi changes its weekend; Rebels Idlib ready; and Mosireen interviews Hazem Barakat.
The trailer is out for Ashton Kutcher's (right) take on Apple's Steve Jobs (left).
04:00 GMT
Arabia's prodigal son/genius the late Steve Jobs is being honored in an amazing new film about his life; two Arab singers have wondered down two very different roads; Russia's role in Syria; and more on the craziness now in Lebanon.

June 24, 2013

The Lebanese government thought this guy couldn't hurt a fly. They were wrong.
12:00 GMT
The Lebanese government never really took AHmad Al-NIssir's influence seriously. After four dead soldiers, he is now more than just a clown; bombs or boobs? Arab Idol sings American tunes; and the evolution of Arab public opinion research.
The Mothers of Martyrs protesting in Egypt. (image courtesy of Egyptian Chronicles)
03:54 GMT
The mothers of all the men and women who died during the Egyptian Spring are not at all satisfied with Morsi's broken promises; Syria, Libya and Qatar; Amman ready to rock; politicians and potholes; and U.S. a constant let down to KSA.

June 23, 2013

Imagine seeing this when you walk out Bed, Bath and Beyond! (image for illustrative purposes only)
12:28 GMT
The Avenue is a plush mall in Kuwait that recently has been the scene of two stabbings inside the premises; Lebanese government to shut down already struggling restaurants; Insta-video? and Egyptians not backing down.
Jon Stewart gave Bassem Youssef's audience a surprise visit. (YouTube Screen grab)
04:00 GMT
Jon Stewart made a surprise guest appearance on Bassem Yousef's 'Al Bernameg' and he did not disappoint; Russel Brand backs out of Middle Eastern tour; Kerry about to fail Syria; and the European Council of Foreign Relations talks Syria.

June 22, 2013

The Taliban are open for business in Qatar. (AFP)
04:00 GMT
Afghanistan's leader Karzai was none too impressed by the Taliban acting as 'political leaders' of his country when they cut the ribbon in Qatar; Obama fills security posts with women; Iran's new president Ayatollah friendly? and floods in Canada.

June 20, 2013

With over half a million and counting, Lebanon knows the meaning of World Refugee Day.
11:32 GMT
A heart-wrenching look at the Syrian children suffering in a Lebanese camp reminds us that World Refugee Day is not a holiday by any means; Lebanon blocks online gambling; Kuwaiti child rapists hanged; and a glance at the Toyota GT-86.
Putin seemed to convince the rest of the G8 leaders that Assad is the best option. (AFP/Getty)
06:00 GMT
After a 26-month uprising and over 100,000 chiefly innocent Syrian fatalities, G8 leaders essentially agree with Assad and Putin; Luma's idea swiped by the government? Qatar’s Foreign Policy in a nutshell; and bills in bras at the borders.

June 19, 2013

Former President Clinton tells Israel to play nice and make amends.
13:07 GMT
Former President Bill Clinton challenges Israel to reconcile with Palestinians, if not just for the sake of Israel's own survival; BMW squares of with itself; Kuwait cops going undercover; Anonymous planning big attack; and men getting pregnant.
A blond-haired girl is kidnapped for international trafficking purposes and her Arab kidnapper has sympathy for her in 'Cargo'. (image courtesy of 1971 The Review AE )
06:00 GMT
Most movies such as 'Taken' or 'Spartan' usually have the Arabs as the ones buying sex slaves. In 'Cargo', the Arab is the hero and the kidnapper; more Syrian news on Obama's policies, the G8 summit and what to expect next.

June 18, 2013

This hybrid Porsche is nothing like any hybrid you've ever seen. (pic courtesy of AmmaniV12 )
13:20 GMT
Acoording to a Jordanian blogger, this new hybrid can stand up to any regualr petrol powered car.. and then some; Wassim Nasser breaks swimming record; is Rohani the Lord of the Keys? and a wedding with celebrities, guns and fistfights.
The Syrian Pound is turning more into the Syrian 'flound'. (image courtesy of Nuqudy)
07:53 GMT
With the ups and downs of the Syrian conflict, the consistent value of the Syrian pound is quickly disappearing and leading vendors to be wary; clerics in Egypt call for Jihad against Shiites; and 7 things the Assad regime wants for stability.

June 17, 2013

Nature will provide the energy and the water for this resort in Dubai.
14:14 GMT
This teardrop shaped resort is going to be solar powered and will get all of its water from a new system that extracts moisture from the air; Kuwait's military strength; Morsi continues to dumbfound his critics; and Lebanese beaches are not for all.
The lighter side of being a woman in the manly world of Beirut business. (image courtesy of Ink on the Side)
07:48 GMT
It seems the glass ceiling exists for anyone with a uterus in Lebanon so one cartoonist decided to have some fun with it; Iranians elated over Rouhani; Yemen's Ministry of Corruption; and finally some fitness for females in KSA.