Blogs Roundup

July 13, 2014

Thousands around the world are standing in solidarity with Gaza. (Image: Facebook)
14:29 GMT
Gaza is still under attack by Israel, but you can keep up-to-date with what's happening through this blog. Also, check out some noteworthy stories you might have missed in Lebanon this week.

July 12, 2014

Image taken from a video released in January by the the Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham allegedly shows ISIS fighters. (AFP)
18:43 GMT
Modern Islamic extremist groups reconfigure modernity to focus on punishment rather than morals; outside help is needed to unify the Iraqi people and defeat ISIS; the chaos in Iraq threatens to become a global epidemic; tech-savy terrorists use Bitcoin to funnel electronic funds.

July 11, 2014

A Palestinian rescue worker carries the body of a child from the al-Dallu family into the hospital in Gaza City.(AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed)
14:31 GMT
A Palestinian mother speaks of trying to cope with Israeli occupation; ABC issues correction after citing a grieving Palestinian family as Israeli; How the West Bank crackdown mushroomed from a search for just 3 missing teenagers; The US State Department distances itself from voices in the Obama administration critical of Israeli policy.

July 10, 2014

(AFP)
23:30 GMT
Obama is often called the pragmatic president, a euphemism for dodging obligations to human rights; Thousands of years ago spice trade routes brought Islam from Arabia to Southeast Asia. Today the same transmission has taken place with extremist ISIS ideology. But its conduit is likely the Internet; Think ideology is behind the current Chaos in the Middle East? Try social policy.
“How could you watch the World Cup while children are dying?” (Image: Blog Baladi)
12:49 GMT
“How could you watch the World Cup while children are dying?” Football fans under attack by Gaza activists. Also, meet Lebanon's award-winning female mixologist, and find out how to find your soul mate!

July 9, 2014

Argentina’s defender Ezequiel Garay (L) and Iran’s forward Reza Ghoochannejhad vie for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on June 21, 2014. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP)
19:53 GMT
With Al Jazeera's monopoly coverage costing $110-$320, Arab viewers ironically turn to the Israeli channel for free; A quick retrospective on the Brazil-Germany semifinals match; Some people get upset that Arabs still watch football as Gaza is pounded by Israeli airstrikes.
George and Amal are set to wed in September! (Image: Albawaba edit)
06:00 GMT
George Clooney's future mother-in-law thinks her daughter can do much better!

July 8, 2014

A conversation between Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his psychiatrist that reveals a hidden and complex side of the jihadi leader who recently declared himself Caliph.
10:54 GMT
A collective Blogs Roundup on the politics of the Middle East including Iraq's Maliki and an exclusive transcript of a conversation between Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his psychiatrist.

July 7, 2014

Arab music icons will be introduced to Italians on Rai 1 soon.
12:49 GMT
Italian public TV station Rai 1 will introduce the Italian public to Arab music icons for the first time in their TV history. Meanwhile, Dubai is planning the world’s largest Underwater Theme Park.

July 5, 2014

Apparently there's a lack in freedom of speech in Lebanon.
15:04 GMT
Wondering what life is like in Lebanon on a social and economical level? How about finding out why the NY Times failed to mention the names of the six dead Palestinians in the same article where we got everything from A to Z on the recently killed Israeli boys?

July 3, 2014

We all have certain thoughts when fasting in Ramadan.
06:00 GMT
Ramadan isn't as easy as ABC and we all have exactly the same thoughts while fasting! Meanwhile someone tells us why he hates his co-workers and another on how long it takes to develop a new habit!
AELLA is campaigning for a reduction in meat farms that suck the life out of the earth.
00:34 GMT
The world's rising obsession with meat is doing massive damage to humanity's collective health and the environment in general; students demand a better education and get pummelled by Egyptian riot police; and Palestinians from Syria mistreated in Lebanon.

July 2, 2014

The ISIS dream of an Islamic nation that spans across borders has picked up steam.
16:48 GMT
One blogger sees all the hype by some Muslims yearning for a the return of Islamic rule as short-sighted and a recipe for disaster; Egypt's military could have easily stopped the bombings; and even sympathy can be very ethnocentric. .
Many Egyptians were freed from prison this Ramadan because of a Gulf tradition.
00:17 GMT
The Kings of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates issued pardons and reduced prison sentences for over one hundred Egyptians this Ramadan; remembering the Egyptian youth who stood up; and Ramadan is about the true jihad of the soul.

July 1, 2014

Saint Hoax uses cartoons to show the horrors of incest.
21:57 GMT
What better way to bring the awareness of the massive percentage of sexual abuse happening within the family tree than using Disney characters to drive home the point; Maliki lingers on; and Wikileaks and the 2008 Lebanese Elections