Blogs Roundup

December 2, 2014

The proposed ‘Nation-State Law’ and a wave of violence point to the urgency of questioning Israel’s place in Jewish identity. (AFP/file)
12:48 GMT
The proposed ‘Nation-State Law’ and a wave of violence point to the urgency of questioning Israel’s place in Jewish identity; Over the last 10 years the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood has consistently shown that its only desire is to dominate all other opposition forces, regardless of the consequences; Omar Boustany speaks to head hunters (ISIS excepted).

November 30, 2014

Just like fashion, your Christmas decorations can also show off your character.
17:00 GMT
Wonderful ideas to style up your Christmas tree; an infographic guide to help you through your Christmas shopping; DYI reindeer advent calendar.
Displaced Syrians stand in front of their makeshift home in Ankara last year. (AFP/File)
14:22 GMT
A humanitarian nightmare awaits Syrian refugees this winter; Iran's censorship redirect page; Tougher regulations on smog standards announced a day before Thanksgiving have some questioning the timing.

November 29, 2014

Lebanon is often oversimplified by the foreign media. (AFP/File)
20:18 GMT
Looking past the tired foreign media perspective of Lebanon; the reality of Syrian civil society in Lebanon; The Salafist front pushes for an Islamic youth movement in Egypt

November 27, 2014

Polar Loop Activity tracker.
12:29 GMT
A new stylish device that will help you keep up your fitness challenge; owner of Champagne Drappier opened the largest bottle of champagne in the world; things we put up with when in a relationship.

November 26, 2014

The National's first front page – Newsquest has launched the pro-independence newspaper in Scotland for a five-day pilot period (Photo: PR)
12:04 GMT
The National releases first edition of tabloid that claims to reflect the views of "the people" who want independence; the longstanding seven digital deadly sins; how to fold your napkins for Christmas.
Sabah of Lebanon or Sabah Al Shahroura at the age of 87.
06:35 GMT
Lebanese singer Sabah passed away at the age of 87; how does ‘going online’ impact our concentration levels and attention spans? Is Facebook's organic search nearing death?

November 25, 2014

More than two million people watched the seductive performance and many women took to social media to criticise Wehbe for her racy choice of outfit. (Photo: Star Academy)
13:55 GMT
Haifa Wehbe's dress may have upset the Islamic State; best and worst dressed at the 2014 American Music Award; things you will experience after graduation.

November 23, 2014

A giant copy of the original Lebanese flag, drawn and approved by the members of the parliament during the declaration of independence in 1943, hangs on the wall of a building in Beirut on the occcasion of Lebanon's Independence Day on November 21, 2014. [AFP/Joseph Eid]
14:12 GMT
Lebanon canceled official Independence Day celebrations for the first time since the end of the civil war in 1990; Lebanon‬ is between the top 3 of the ‪‎leaderboard‬ for ‪#‎MissWorld2014‬; Tunisia's electrical authority and the right to vote.
The rise of jihadists in the Levant was a matter of opportunity. (Image:
09:26 GMT
The Islamic State: Beheadings, dismemberments, child soldiers, public executions, and political chaos; Bahrain will stamp out popular protests, but not support for ISIL; A West Bank water crisis for Palestinians only.

November 22, 2014

The legendary singer Fayrouz celebrates her 80th birthday! (AFP/File)
13:27 GMT
Fayrouz celebrates her 80th birthday; Beirut is hosting an international music festival in December; A movie review of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay"

November 19, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the prime minister office in Jerusalem on November 18, 2014. (Cohen Magen/AFP)
17:12 GMT
Netanyahu's announcement of the steps he plans to take in response to the senseless bloodletting; Israelis and Palestinians persist in going to hell through a bottomless pit and both sides won’t rest until the fire consumes us all; exporting repression from Ulster to Palestine.
The world’s largest chocolate manufacturer adds voice to warnings of potential cocoa shortage by 2020.
14:41 GMT
The world’s largest chocolate manufacturer adds voice to warnings of potential cocoa shortage by 2020; online food delivery markets expected to consolidate; review of the movie Interstellar

November 18, 2014

20:59 GMT
Exclusive leaked transcript of the Iran nuclear talks; Israel and the Palestinians need international help to avoid another explosion; welcome to Netanyahu's 'resolution' to the conflict.
 passport photos of Iraqi children, most of whom are either Christian or Yazidi, who lost their identity documents as they fled violence in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. (AFP/file)
14:03 GMT
It is easy to forget those listed dead and injured are real, but recently the reality was brought home to our reporter; a war crime in Jerusalem; apartheid or not, separation is the reality.