Blogs Roundup

March 31, 2013

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.
These three computer pros could now make a lot more cash in the MENA region.
04:00 GMT
It seems the computer jockeys in the Arab world will soon be making a lot more money with the new opportunities coming from Paypal payments and YouTube videos. And with a new Star Trek on the horizon, life for them is good.

March 23, 2013

No trip to Jordan is complete without perusing Petra, even for a head of state.
09:34 GMT
President Barack Obama is finishing off his tour of the Middle East with a trip to Petra to perhaps celebrate the recent 200 million dollar pledge to Jordan; Tribalism in the Middle East explained; and a new video spoofs the Jordanian Parliament.

March 21, 2013

It's crazy to think that 10 years ago, as Iraq was being bombed, in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood and the NDP were partners.
04:00 GMT
10 years ago, Iraq was invaded and thousands of Egyptians stormed the Tahrir square. Ironically, the Muslim brotherhood and the NDP were partners; "The Iraqi Christ" breaks rules; Stop Murdering Terrorists; and MMA comes to the Middle East.

March 20, 2013

Obama and King are both Nobel Peace prize winners and African American leaders but do they differ when it comes to peace in Palestine?
10:07 GMT
If Marin Luther King were the first African American president in the Middle East, surely he would have a plan of non-violent peace; most Lebanese history books end at 1943; meet Syria’s new interim PM; and are you a social farter?