Blogs Roundup

May 7, 2013

Unlike the Lebanese airport, Jordan's has an internet connection that allows everyone to surf in style.
12:58 GMT
One blogger is in shock over the difference between their slow service compared to the crazy-fast service at Jordan's new airport; Dubai police and their super cars; Freedom of press not quite yet; and Lebanese football becomes political.
Obama hopes that all Muslims would proudly wave the American flag someday.
04:00 GMT
The present U.S. administration claims to be focusing on improving its image in the MIddle East. So far, it is not working; most phones to be illegal in Lebanon; ten Free Android apps; and who are you with, Israel or Assad?

May 6, 2013

Syrian Ice Cream maker Bakdash is the Ben and Jerry's of the Middle East.
12:27 GMT
Bakdash is a landmark in the Syrian capital, serving the Arab world's most famous ice cream since 1895. And now they've fled the violence; Yemen youth take action; Israel strikes Syria twice; and how to help Americans can help the Syrian refugees.
There's a reason the Lebanese come across as laid back all the time- they've been through it all!
04:00 GMT
"Ink on the Side" is a blog by Lebanese cartooninst Sareen Akharjalian who finds humor in her cultures own idiosyncrasies; the numbers on drone stikes for April; blowhards on Syria; and a major salafi faction criticizes Jabhat al-Nosra.

May 5, 2013

Little Mohammed has lost his arm, legs and sadly, the care of his parents. Thankfully, he has a grandfather looking after him. (AP)
10:45 GMT
After losing his arms and legs, Palestinian toddler Mohammed al-Farra was ditched by his dad. Now, his grandfather cares for him; how Syria has changed the entire region; a real life Twitter following; and a Lebanese goal celebration is all wet.
Little Mohammed has lost his hands, legs and sadly, the care of his parents. Thankfully, he has a grandfather looking after him. (AP)
10:38 GMT
After losing his arms and legs, Palestinian toddler Mohammed al-Farra was ditched by his dad. Now, his grandfather cares for him; how Syria has changed the entire region; a real life Twitter following; and a Lebanese goal celebration is all wet.
Iron Man 3 is out and making a killing.
04:00 GMT
Just when this blogger didn't think the story could get any better, he saw the third Iron Man and was in awe; Syria becoming Afghanistan; Google recognizes Palestine; and how liberalism was lost in Egypt;

May 4, 2013

Even in the Islamic Holy Land of Saudi Arabia, some people still have their vices. (image for illustrative purposes only. Courtesy of WBRZ )
04:00 GMT
While accessing liquor is difficult and dangerous, more than a handful of both expatriates and Saudi citizens find enough booze to abuse it; is Hezbollah schizophrenic? Egyptian art neglected; and Salafis join the fight against Assad.

May 2, 2013

Syrian President Assad makes a rare public appearance at an electrical plant in Damascus. (image AFP/Uprooted Palestinians)
14:03 GMT
A Happy International Workers' Day to all! And what better way to celebrate than to have Syrian President Assad peering over your shoulder at work? Iran's Ahmadinejad arrested by own government; and Palm Sunday limited in Egypt.
Ancient Egyptians knew the power of the sun. Perhaps the new generation should as well.
04:00 GMT
Ouside of Egypt, one will find people thinking outside of the box. NGOs need to lock into this ingenuity with their emphasis on renewable energies; Lebanese Facebook population stats; and the benign nature of the Egyptian constitution.

May 1, 2013

It's a daily case of 'Who said and did what?" in the Egyptian papers. (image courtesy of Inter Law)
11:00 GMT
The Egyptian people are being torn asunder by the doublespeak being fed through and to the media outlets; Obama reports Assad to Putin for cheating! Support Cancer patients in Arab world; and Happy International Jazz Day!
This young Lebanese chap has a gun almost bigger than his own body. (image courtesy of Gino's Blog)
08:17 GMT
In Tripoli, militia leaders are arming boys as young as nine. VICE recently posted a piece highlighting the fractured cultural allowance for giving guns to boys who are still in elementary school. Bloggers stand appalled and let their annoyances be known.

April 30, 2013

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham says instead of arming the rebels, we need to prevent them from getting chemical weapons.
11:00 GMT
A senator in America suggests that the US attack Syria so that the revolutionaries the U.S. are funding don't access chemical weapons; Review: Pain & Gain; a feminist perspective on female clergy censored; and police abuse transgendered clubbers.

April 29, 2013

An Arab Muslim superhero named Simon Baz highlights the many MIddle Eastern Marvel heroes.
23:41 GMT
Many in the Muslim world have been pining for a comic book hero but, for decades, they have been here all along; Gaza police still shaving heads; the forbidden kissing couple in Amman; and in KSA, a maid often becomes a friend.
For most Yemenis, this drone and its whirling motors are the face of America.
11:33 GMT
A Yemeni villager, who spent a year in the US, speaks to Congress about the realities of random drone strikes on villages; Emeratis arrive in droves to buy the new Samsung S4; and one Jordanian blogger submerses herself in Marrakech.