Blogs Roundup

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.

May 29, 2013

Strategists feel that Assad's next prize will be Aleppo.
12:00 GMT
It seems it is only a matter of days before the Syrian Army tries to get back Aleppo and really have the upper hand; hilarious remake of a 2 year-old's conversation; Romainia crushes Lebanon's flag record; and Christian rights in Lebanon crushed.
A fully covered woman pounds the desk of the police while leading a chant in Egypt. (screen grab from YouTube)
06:00 GMT
Led by a boisterous veiled woman, a group of Islamists raided a police station and tried to mimic the chants of the Arab Spring; blogger American Bedu passes; Ammanis blame those darn Syrians for everything; and Armenian food in Beirut.

May 28, 2013

Yoda gives a good example of what it takes to conquer a dictatorship.
19:51 GMT
Syria and Libya were extremely oppressive under Assad and Gaddafi yet somehow people managed to overcome their fears and revolt; Lebanon feels the Syrian heat; whistleblower on CIA is still in jail yet no one is prosecuted for the torture itself.
Hassan Nasrallah announced that Hezbollah is fighting for the Shiites in Lebanon. (image for illustrative purposes only)
04:00 GMT
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah effectively outlined the nature of the dawning Sunni-Shiite struggle that he vowed to win – win against Sunnis, of course; understanding the beginning to the present of Hezbollah; and places to avoid this 2013 in Lebanon.

May 27, 2013

The gate of Bab Al Wazir was a symbol of Cairo's past security and now it is in pieces on the ground. (image by Amina Abdel Bar)
11:00 GMT
The ancient city of Cairo was once only accesible through its gates. Now these same gates are being destroyed by corrupt contractors; Who fired the rockets? Tripoli girl learns to kill; and rebuilding trust better than building anew.
A house in Tripoli after being hit by a missle.
04:00 GMT
A Hezbollah area of Beirut was targeted by two missles and the country is on high alert. Tripoli is bombed daily but the government does nothing; Karabala, Iraq needs help with new hospital; and a haunted house in Kuwait is still haunted.

May 26, 2013

In Kuwait, jaywalking has become a serious offense.
11:40 GMT
Kuwait has decided to take keeping their roads seriously but mant predict over-crowded prisons after this jay walking judiciary kicks in; Syrians using YouTube in camps; Egyptian Gold rush; and the difference between a Boss and a Leader.
A young Syrian sings in the midst on being targeted by bombs. (YouTube image grab)
04:00 GMT
"Mom my most beloved one, please don’t cry. Today is a Holiday.Mom be proud of me, be happy, cause your son is a martyr"; an Iraqi gets beaten for being Iraqi; Saudi Arabia’s beautiful ancient architecture; and for 30 years, the West appeases Iran.

May 25, 2013

Jordan is an Independent country built on the leadership of the late King Hussein.
08:30 GMT
For many in the Hashemite Kingdom, remembering the late King Hussein is part and parcel to reflecting on Jordan's continued independence; a steady flow of electricity is fading in Egypt; and Tripoli is three very different cities in one.

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.