Blogs Roundup

June 9, 2013

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.
Were Syrian officials shocked when they found one of the dead was female American citizen Nicole Lynn Mansfield?
09:38 GMT
Mystery surrounds the story of an American women who converted to Islam and years later ended up dead in Syria; Jordan has made their media laws official by blocking unregistered sites, and looking at the Turkey-Syria border from the past.

June 2, 2013

Here's the ancient map that up until recently was the U.S. government's view of the Islamic world. (Screenshot of the National Counterterrorism Center’s Interactive Map, April 30, 2013.)
11:00 GMT
Apparently the map of the 'Islamic' world on the Uncle Sam's website was the same one being used in the 1500s; Saudi supports harassing cashiers; Lebanese phones more expensive now; and God plus politics in Egypt.
Lebanese Immigrant Sami Samir Hassoun- a convicted murderer who didn't kill anyone.
04:00 GMT
Being accused by bloggers as not being the sharpest knife in the drawer, Sami Samir Hassoun is now doing time for a fake bomb; Yemen has Syrian women begging in their cities; Geneva 2 is all about 'ceasefire'; and Israel to keep building settlements.

June 1, 2013

Disgruntled Lebanese chucked tomatoes at their MPs to stop them from voting but to no avail. (pic courtesy of LBCi News)
04:00 GMT
Lebanese parliament officially votes to extend its term by 18 months! Unconstitutional, undemocratic, and unnecessary; Egypt's rising young athletes; the Syrian Coalition reunited and grew; and look who's second in the world in cigarette consumption!

May 30, 2013

Will Alicia Keys perform in Israel even after being asked not to?
11:57 GMT
Before Alicia Keys upcoming concert in Israel, African American poet Alice Walker and author of 'The Colour Purple' asks her to reconsider; McCain loves the drones; Saudi takes two steps back; Morsi's Nile crisis; and Burhan Ghalioun shames the Syria Coalition.
The Cairo Opera House is on strike so the fat lady is going to take a break.
04:00 GMT
Apparently the Minster of Culture in Egypt is so bad, the Cairo Opera House was forced to do what it has never done- strike; casualties do not mean instituting martial law; LG Optimus G Review; and most Arabs don't like Hezbollah.