Blogs Roundup

May 23, 2013

Newly-elected to the Syrian National Coalition, Sheikh Mohammad al-Yaqubi is Sufi.
12:00 GMT
A Sufi bloc within the opposition would be an alternative to the Muslim Brotherhood, one that would represent many more Syrians; why Sinai is still a problem; Geneva-2 kicks off in Amman; and the Golan Hights heat up.
Top Ten worse fatwas include a ban on a seatbelt because it doubts God's sovereignty.
04:00 GMT
You may have heard about Micky Mouse being haraam but check out this Top Ten list of random issuances from Islamic leaders for the worst; ex-pats and goodbyes; American Bedu is worse; and horrific, untold stories of rape in Lebanon.

May 22, 2013

Kuwait has a legal price for someone's nose and mouth.
12:00 GMT
In any lawsuit, there are damages. Kuwait has a complete price list for each body part if it is damaged or, ahem, removed in an accident; summer movie sequels are comin'; review: Samsung Galaxy S4; and Saudi hangs five Yemeni men.
All seven soldiers released to their families and Morsi has secured a win, for once. (image for illustrative purposes only)
09:09 GMT
In what sounds like a Mel Gibson movie, the Egyptian Army had refused to pay the ransom and are instead attacking the kidnappers. Turns out-- it worked!; Lebanese prof accused of rape; 'Xbox One revealed; and opposition to a Saudi 'White Ribbon' campaign.

May 21, 2013

Some drops of fresh laws and freedoms for women have wet the path for women in Saudi Arabia in May.
13:17 GMT
May has proven to be a great month for Saudi women's achievements and seeing the Kingdom inch closer towards women's equality; defacing history in Alexandria; 'The Office' has shut its doors after nine seasons; and the ancient church may be saved.
Could this whole region soon go up in flames?
08:17 GMT
The daily news of bodies found floating in rivers or funeral processions attacked has become so normal, it is a sure sign of the Middle East's demise; problems with the Jordanian press; rich, spoiled brats; and Lebanon is less French, more American.

May 20, 2013

Honest Abe, looking rather Salafi himself, can buy quite a bit in the Lebanese markets.
15:02 GMT
One blogger wondered how far a fiver would stretch in Lebanon and was pleasantly surprised; a funny look at Arabs trying American styles; disgruntled Egyptians express their frustation with a music video; and this week in Jordan's 'Art Scene'.
Anonymous is planning an attack on Kuwait.
07:34 GMT
A video was posted supposedly by the cyber hackers "Anonymous" speaking out against America, Zionism and other Muslim grievances; The Unlucky Seven - Egyptian soliders appear in video; and Assad not going anywhere.

May 19, 2013

The Beirut Report blog has these amazing pictures of an ancient church in Lebanon excavated for the sake of building a hotel.
12:43 GMT
Reporters have been beaten trying to cover the scandal, but it seems a construction company has the go ahead to build on an ancient church in Lebanon; In-N-Out sighting in Dubai; and in the 50's, there was a large community of Italians in Egypt.
Yemeni women see it all and shared their struggles to protect their country at the National Dialogue Conference in March of this year.
04:00 GMT
The Arab Spring showed that Yemeni women care deeply about their countries and want to be part of making it succeed; human rights suppression in KSA; update on soldier hostages in Sinai; and a visit to Assad's torture chambers

May 18, 2013

A Syrian reporter holds what he believes to be the remains of the canisters that held the poisonous gas dropped form helicopters onto the people of Saraqeb. ( image courtesy of Yalla Souriya )
04:00 GMT
One mother lies dead on a gurney in a Syrian hospital and the eye witness account of her son, along with her symptoms, points directly to poisonous gas; hotel jumping in Beirut; Bahrain explained without words; and a sign of a good boss.

May 16, 2013

Seven Egyptian security personnel  were taken hostage in Sinai. (image for illustrative purposes only courtesy of  Collage Museum)
13:26 GMT
Apparently swiping up tourists was too easy for the Sinai clans so they moved on to kidnapping the country's security brass; a bridge to connect Lebanon and Cyprus; no more pressure cookers for Saudis; and convicted terrorist deported to Lebanon.
Though the data should be faster on phones in Lebanon, does that mean people will spend less time on them?
04:00 GMT
Now Lebanon has the fastest and fourth generation of mobile phone communication technology standards i.e. 4G. But is it anything to write home about? and Obama slammed by Arab writers for abandoning the Syrian people.

May 15, 2013

This old woman is the leader in the community and still holds hope to return to Palestine. (image from Egyptian Chronicles)
14:00 GMT
On the anniversay of the Nakba, an entire village in Egypt of Palestinians, who fled the crisis in 1948, still suffers; will the occupation ever end? Most Palestinians live outside of their homeland; and a reporter assaulted in Lebanon.
A video has surfaced of an attack on an Egyptian bishop by Israeli police. (image for illustrative purposes only)
04:00 GMT
A video captures an attack on an Egyptian Bishop while in Ramallah-- an act for which the Israeli government had to later apologize; Lebanese singer turned jihadist; KSA to block social media? and Israel has a problem with Russia helping Syria.