Blogs Roundup

July 8, 2013

When the moon speaks, the Islamic world listens. Will July 8th be the first day of Ramadan?
02:00 GMT
American Bedu may have jumped the gun on calling the beginning of Ramdan for July 8th but this blog expresses what all of us feel: have a great and blessed Ramdan! Now back to the drama in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.

July 7, 2013

Kivanc Tatlitug is one of the top Turkish stars from their soap opera series. (image courtesy of zurna chat)
14:45 GMT
Since Latin American soaps are a bit too racy, Turkish dramas have filled that void and are the preferred watching for most Arab countries; Bose still the boss; Elbaradei's nomination leads to deaths; and Arabic Hip Hop from Britain to Gaza.
This is the Dubai International Airport. Did it crack the top ten?
08:51 GMT
Do a lot of traveling in the MENA region? Read this post and weigh in on which airports you think should be among the top ten; “The Muslims defeated the Islamists” in Egypt; Kuwait Airways' big #fail; and rampant cheating in Yemeni schools.

July 6, 2013

"Thou shalt have no other gods before me". Someone better tell Arab Idol this message from God.
08:52 GMT
Before Islam, people were bowing down to all sorts of rock faced, cold edifices. Is the same true today? No Lebanese Spring; political Islam isn't cutting it; Egyptians revolted with a lot of military help; and Kuwait uses a lot of gasoline.

July 5, 2013

Back in the late 70s, a UFO was spotted hovering over the oil fields of Kuwait. (image for illustrative purposes only)
08:48 GMT
According to eye witness accounts, a mysterious spaceship somehow shut down some Kuwaiti oil pumps at the end of the Eid; Adly Mansour sworn in as interim president; shame for not being 100% Saudi; and Syria dropping more than just bombs.

July 4, 2013

This is Fena- a symbol for feminists in the Middle East. (image courtesy of LBC Blog)
10:03 GMT
An Arab blogger rejects the notion that feminists are troublemakers and instead offer something the region desperately needs; a Lebanese minister's 1000 page autobiography; the perfect burger; and valet parking in Lebanon.

July 3, 2013

Morsi needs to decide today whether to step down on his own or be forced by the military.
14:54 GMT
Will he stay or will he go now? That is the ever-present question on this July 3rd- the day the army has set a mandate for resolution; Morsi to quit or be removed today; and movies soon to hit DVD and thus be downloaded.
It is now or never for the common, daily computer user to protect his or her privacy.
06:00 GMT
An Arab blogger gives extremely helpful tips on how to keep Google and everyone else from snooping around your web activity; Kerry to give Geneva another go; design the Kuwaiti National Assembly logo; and Obama backs Morsi- says Morsi.

July 2, 2013

A Lebanese boy relaxes on a calm beach, an image contrary to the popular belief that all of the country is in chaos.
12:00 GMT
According to Blog Baladi, Lebanon is not the country on the edge of war and chaos that it is being portrayed to be; 7iber blocked in Jordan; Arab Dictators: A National Geographic Special; and melting traffic lights in Kuwait.
Most Africans face deportation from Israel, but the options of staying or being sent home both have heart-breaking consequences.
07:30 GMT
The entire Middle Eastern region is having a refugee problem and Israel is not excluded; Day One after the #June30 Apocalypse; the threat of flying tomatoes; No shorts, no service; and the MB awakening the volcano.

July 1, 2013

Brad Pitt stars in the zombie thriller "World War Z".
13:15 GMT
Despite it's redone ending and bloated budget, Brad Pitt shines in the first installment of his zombie trilogy; alleged video of 30 Lebanese soldiers arrested by the FSA in Syria; Kuwaitis in Lamborghini's 50th Anniversary; and a summary of the Apocalypse in Egypt.
The Arabist has provided some amazing pictures from the July 30th protests in Egypt.
08:33 GMT
Millions dropped everything all over Egypt to basically say, "We don't like the job our president has done and he has to go!"; FIBA give Lebanon a warning; Ramadan's a comin'; and Samsung Galaxy and a DSLR camera become one.

June 30, 2013

American Andrew Driscoll Pochter was taking pictures of the protests and stabbed to death in Alexandria.
09:28 GMT
Andrew Driscoll Pochter was taking pictures of the protests, Egyptians asked where he was from, and then fatally stabbed him; Anti-Morsi petition has over 22 million signatures; and Morsi and Fundamentalism duel .
Khalid ibn al-Waleed mosque in Homs torched. (YouTube screen grab)
08:02 GMT
There are ancient mosques of enormous significance to Muslims completely destroyed. They were world heritage. They survived the Mongols, but not Assad; countdown to the Apocalypse; Egyptian Christians ready; and the Syrian pound going down.

June 29, 2013

Poor Syrians flooding into Lebanon have been targets of escalating rent prices.
08:31 GMT
Some landlords in Lebanon see the flood of Syrians coming in as a great opportunity to raise the rent; Sunday is judgment day in Egypt; a scathing review of PF Chang's; how to help Syrians; and how the CIA vets rebels.