Blogs Roundup

March 27, 2013

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?
Did Jordan's King Abdullah stick his foot in his mouth or stick it to the establishment?
04:00 GMT
King Abdullah gets real with The Atlantic Magazine, some say he went too far and Jordan's social media is buzzing. See it all streamed live here; Iraq proves there are no good interventions; and HP launches the ElitePad 900 in Dubai.
Did Jordan's King Abdullah stick his foot in his mouth or stick it to the establishment?
04:00 GMT
King Abdullah gets real with The Atlantic Magazine, some say he went too far and Jordan's social media is buzzing. See it all streamed live here; Iraq proves there are no good interventions; and HP launches the ElitePad 900 in Dubai.

March 19, 2013

All of these influential Iranians agree that the U.S. sanctions are too sweeping.
12:21 GMT
Iranian expatriates don’t agree on much but they all agree that the very severe US sanctions are harming ordinary Iranians and not the regime; Camel fight on Kuwait’s King Fahd highway; Guy strips naked at NDU; and racist incitement by public officials in Israel.
While Westerners are not used to someone sleeping in their home, Arabs are accustomed to having live-in maids.
04:00 GMT
Many Westerners struggle with the idea of a live-in maid at their house. Here are some helpful realities when deciding; Yemen's National Dialogue Conference kicks off; Nokia debuts free music in UAE; and homeless in Dubai.

March 18, 2013

Can America rule the world after the fiasco in Iraq?
11:00 GMT
At the 10 year mark of the invasion of Iraq, the anniversary begs the question-- are the States competent as global leaders? 2013 Riyadh book fair shows progress in KSA; Jeddah Sculpture: The Sword; and the differences between men and women.