Blogs Roundup

April 2, 2013

A new web service follows Syrian war videos on YouTube soon after they're posted.
02:56 GMT
Syria Comment Announces a new web service that maps and aggregates Syrian war videos by tracking a large number of YouTube channels; don’t spy In Saudi Arabia; Independence of the Egyptian Judiciary; and women speak in Yemen.

April 1, 2013

Is Israel trying to hide its racism with a “darker” Beauty Queen?
12:22 GMT
The latest Miss Israel, Ethiopian-born Yityish Aynaw, says it’s about time a black woman wore the crown. Is it? Fight your fears; Kuwait now the fattest country in the world; and more pics and video from Guns and Roses in Lebanon.
"Jews of Egypt" speaks of the once vibrant community of Hebrews living in Egypt.
04:00 GMT
"Jews in Egypt" is being shown in Egyptian theaters and of course people are equating it with neutralizing relations with Israel; Amman has new German films and all sorts of art this week; and Muslim fashion by homegrown Kyrgyz designers.

March 31, 2013

A poor, young Syrian girl is in tears as she is escorted off by her new "husband". (image courtesy of takepart.com)
11:00 GMT
A disgusting phenomena spread in the Arab countries of poor Syrian women abused and offered for marriage; Egypt launches campaign to 'end humour'; let’s help Yemen instead of droning It; and Jabhat al-Nusra Shaikh to decapitate everyone.
The word on the street in Libya and other Arab countries is that Christian minorities need to tone it down this Easter or they may just offend someone. (image courtesy of csmonitor.com)
05:00 GMT
It seems many Muslims in Libya are not too multicultural as most Easter celebrations have been signifigantly toned down to prevent conflict; Pope Francis prays for Arab Christians; Bryan Adams in church? and Lebanese Easter eggs.

March 29, 2013

Axl and the boys brought it hot and heavy all the way to Abu Dhabi. (image courtesy of timeoutabudhabi.com)
21:13 GMT
For all those who had a little Patience, the boys from Guns N' Roses finally took a Night Train to Abu Dhabi and rocked the Paradise City; Saudi Arabia: Saudi’s First Flash Mob! and an Arab Idol contestant butchers Fairouz.

March 28, 2013

Is inviting Israel to join the Arab League the best way to keep Arabs in East Jerusalem?
10:02 GMT
What would be more radical than for the Arab League to recognize Israel inside 1949 borders and invite Israel to join the organization; Which ME city is the best? Naked activism from Tunisia; and Samsung Galaxy has security issues.
Want to know what a Saudi woman dreams about?  Go to her blog. (image for illustrative purposes only)
00:00 GMT
Tumblr is the canvas where many Saudi women paint their dreams. One look at their blogs and you can see that many are not dreaming about Saudi; who cut the cables in Egypt ? Abu Dhabi’s new police cars; and the Syrian opposition is cannibalizing.

March 27, 2013

There's no shortage of bars in Lebanon but which are the best?
10:00 GMT
Ted Turner's Network has named the 10 best places in Beirut to get a beer. See if your favorite watering hole has made the cut; curfew for Syrians in Lebanon; Yemen's new president beats the old at orating; and Patriot missiles for Syria.
Muath al Khatib's appearance after resigning as head of the Coalition shows they are still united.(image from YouTube)
04:00 GMT
Though having to resign, Former Syrian Coalition Leader Muath al Khatib showed the world that the coalition is strong and united; many Arabs don't like the League at all; the truth about drone warfare, and an idiot stands on the roof of a car.

March 26, 2013

Sec. of State Kerry is discovering that America is no longer the "Big Man on Campus" in Iraq and Afghanistan.
09:54 GMT
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry went to Afghanistan and Iraq in an attempt to shore up rapidly declining American influence in the two; Qatar behind the Arab Spring; Syria coalition names envoy to Arab summit; and arrest warrants issued in “Mount Battle”.
Brad Pitt takes on the zombies in World War Z. (screen grab from YouTube trailer)
04:00 GMT
Brad Pitt stars in the long awaited "World War Z" which places him and his family against zombies taking over the world; Obama's tour a diplomatic slam-dunk; The “real meaning” of Palm Sunday; and abnormal traffic in Amman.

March 25, 2013

Another day, another fatwa in Saudi Arabia. Why not just ban it all?
10:00 GMT
It seems every day Saudi clerics are banning activities or foods or anything random. One writer thinks they should just ban everything! The 500 Most Powerful Arabs in the World; Syrian humour in the midst of war; and more drama among the Syrian revolutionaries.
The candles in Baghdad are lit to hope for a new season of culture and development.
04:00 GMT
Baghdad was inaugurated as the 2013 Arab Capital of Culture on Saturday, the latest in a series of steps which officials hope will put Iraq back on the map; Iraq seeks to revive itself; and Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki warns against Takfiri thought.

March 24, 2013

The American CIA Drones are coming to Syria.
10:00 GMT
The drone program is aberrant and problematic for the CIA, yet they are eyeing Syria for the use of drone warfare; city folk versus the villagers in Syria; a Saudi in the U.S.; and on Mothers' Day, a tribute to Mothers in Yemen.