Blogs Roundup

May 13, 2013

Ziad Doueiri  receives an award for a film that has been banned from his own homeland Lebanon.
04:00 GMT
Ziad Doueiri had his award-winning film "The Attack" banned in Lebanon,and he believes the culprit is the Arab League; witches in the Kingdom of Saudi? ex-coalition Leader in Syria speaks; and love for mothers on this day.

May 12, 2013

Maradona returns the love to the millions from Palestine who adore him. ( image from Figo 29 )
15:43 GMT
Maradona again showed his love and support to the Palestinian people by raising high the flag over his head as the ambassador of the Dubai Sports Council; Yemen remembers "Massacre of the Cabinet", and drones may be done in Pakistan.
Soon it may be a whole easier for Saudi women to exercise outside of their homes. (image courtesy of Blottr)
04:00 GMT
The KSA government to allow a woman's gym to open and finally the ladies of Saudi can get their aerobics on! Certain unspoken rules for bloggers; Syria takes its war to Turkey; and will the next batch of MPs in Egypt be burnt too?

May 11, 2013

Some have contended that the next Iranian president will be just another puppet for the Supreme Ruler. (image courtesy of Turbo Squid )
04:00 GMT
After looking at all the criteria involved in becoming a candiate for Iranian president, one writer sees it more as finding the best mouthpiece for the Ayatollah: America's motives in Syria; and technology is ruining the finer things in life.

May 9, 2013

The reality of a tired baby on the lap of a beggar is harsh and depressing. (AP)
18:49 GMT
When you decide again to open your wallet to throw a coin to a beggar, remember that this charity could cost another child’s life; in memory of Helmi Habbab; Obama's “red line” changes to “white flag”; and the safest app with your information is Twitter.
A Syrian man identifies the bodies from the massacre in the mountains outside the coastal city of Banias. (AP Image)
01:29 GMT
From eye witness accounts, Ali at-Kayyali is responsible for the slaughter of entire neighborhoods, both young and old; Yemeni protestors and the nature of the emerging political transition; and a campaign for a domestic abuse campaign in Egypt.

May 8, 2013

An old Palestinian man still holds the key to his old house taken from him in 1948.
16:19 GMT
This month (15th May) marks the 65th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba - 'Catastrophe'. Will Israelis empathize with Palestinians this year? A good use of a horn in Jordan; some Western journalists in Syria fail; and more on the 'Homophobic Raid' in Dekwaneh.
Chocolate is precious but for some thieves in Lebanon, it is black gold.
04:00 GMT
Be on the alert in Lebanon for anyone selling boxes of chocolate out of their car- those sweets are hot! More MB ministers in the government; Viper goes to the desktop; political basketball; and a somber Easter in Egypt.

May 7, 2013

Unlike the Lebanese airport, Jordan's has an internet connection that allows everyone to surf in style.
12:58 GMT
One blogger is in shock over the difference between their slow service compared to the crazy-fast service at Jordan's new airport; Dubai police and their super cars; Freedom of press not quite yet; and Lebanese football becomes political.
Obama hopes that all Muslims would proudly wave the American flag someday.
04:00 GMT
The present U.S. administration claims to be focusing on improving its image in the MIddle East. So far, it is not working; most phones to be illegal in Lebanon; ten Free Android apps; and who are you with, Israel or Assad?

May 6, 2013

Syrian Ice Cream maker Bakdash is the Ben and Jerry's of the Middle East.
12:27 GMT
Bakdash is a landmark in the Syrian capital, serving the Arab world's most famous ice cream since 1895. And now they've fled the violence; Yemen youth take action; Israel strikes Syria twice; and how to help Americans can help the Syrian refugees.
There's a reason the Lebanese come across as laid back all the time- they've been through it all!
04:00 GMT
"Ink on the Side" is a blog by Lebanese cartooninst Sareen Akharjalian who finds humor in her cultures own idiosyncrasies; the numbers on drone stikes for April; blowhards on Syria; and a major salafi faction criticizes Jabhat al-Nosra.

May 5, 2013

Little Mohammed has lost his arm, legs and sadly, the care of his parents. Thankfully, he has a grandfather looking after him. (AP)
10:45 GMT
After losing his arms and legs, Palestinian toddler Mohammed al-Farra was ditched by his dad. Now, his grandfather cares for him; how Syria has changed the entire region; a real life Twitter following; and a Lebanese goal celebration is all wet.
Little Mohammed has lost his hands, legs and sadly, the care of his parents. Thankfully, he has a grandfather looking after him. (AP)
10:38 GMT
After losing his arms and legs, Palestinian toddler Mohammed al-Farra was ditched by his dad. Now, his grandfather cares for him; how Syria has changed the entire region; a real life Twitter following; and a Lebanese goal celebration is all wet.
Iron Man 3 is out and making a killing.
04:00 GMT
Just when this blogger didn't think the story could get any better, he saw the third Iron Man and was in awe; Syria becoming Afghanistan; Google recognizes Palestine; and how liberalism was lost in Egypt;