Blogs Roundup

November 17, 2014

Australia is hosting the leaders of the world's 20 biggest economies for the G20 summit in Brisbane on November 15 and 16. [AFP/Mandel NGAN]
14:43 GMT
The G20 summit on 15- 6 November 2014 has done what terrorism has never managed to do; ISIL threatens to execute Lebanese soldiers; the Iliad describes Syria 2014.
 Peter Kassig, 26, started his own aid group and helped Syrian refugees.
10:48 GMT
Apparent killing of Peter Kassig and 12 Syrians is further proof that for ISIL it is their way or no way at all; is every Palestinian kid who throws stones a terrorist? A terrorist murderer and a mosque-arsonist taught me this: There is no such thing as revenge.

November 16, 2014

14:10 GMT
A Kim Kardashian inspired Lebanese campaign to (Try To) Break The Lebanese Government; the economic stupidity of ISIS’ new currency.

November 15, 2014

Four Egyptian scientists participated in the breakthrough of the Philea comet landing.
20:49 GMT
After strings of bad news in Egypt, the Philae landing is something to celebrate because four Egyptian scientists participated in the monumental project; A movie review of the latest space-thriller, Interstellar.

November 12, 2014

Arab Israeli youths clash with Israeli security forces in the town of Kfar Kana, in northern Israel on November 9, 2014. [AFP]
14:46 GMT
How Israel is destroying itself with its own policies; U.S. needs to work with Iran to defeat Islamic State; the Yazidis have been denounced as infidels and devil worshippers by ISIL;
“When in Beirut, do as the Parisians do,” tweets Khaled Bey under #FakeArabProverbs.
10:36 GMT
The latest and best Tweets on #fakeArabProverbs; Chinese boy proposed to his girlfriend in public surrounded by 99 iPhones; Rich kids of Lebanon complain: the Syrians are cramping our style.

November 11, 2014

Palestinian boys play next a wall bearing a mural of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on November 11, 2014, in the Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. [AFP]
14:00 GMT
Israel is not the only player in the game, and it must come to grips with that if the attacks are to be stopped; the Israeli American Council, kicked off its first ever national conference in Washington, DC this weekend; an alleged supporter of the Islamic State (ISIS) is now on trial in Germany.
Instagram now lets you fix photo captions after the fact.
11:29 GMT
You can finally edit captions on Instagram; a review of Blackberry Passport; the smartphone market in UAE is expected to US$ 9.3 billion in 2019.

November 10, 2014

Lebanese brides run Beirut marathon in wedding dresses
15:07 GMT
Lebanese brides run Beirut marathon in wedding dresses;Annual prediction report from cybersecurity leader reveals that retail and financial institutions outside of the US will feel the wrath of cybercriminals in 2015; The Middle East’s first-of-its-kind superstore has officially opened its doors in Dubai
For 47 years, the primary source of law in the West Bank has been the IDF military law code. Applying civilian law to parts —or all — of the West Bank would be tantamount to annexation.
09:34 GMT
The Israeli government voted to endorse legislation to extend Israeli law to settlements in the West Bank; the Lebanese and the Army will keep ISIL away; Al-Qaeda’s Syrian Judiciary—is it really what al-Jolani makes it out to be?

November 9, 2014

The famous green-eyed Afghan girl who appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine in 1985. (Image: Fashionicia)
09:28 GMT
Who is the beautiful green-eyed Afghan child who appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine in 1985?; 8 months later, Mark Zuckerberg finally tells us why Facebook Messenger is a standalone app; Want to hold the media accountable for their actions? Now you can with project Checkdesk!

November 8, 2014

Facebook is more than your friendly neighborhood social network... it also assists governments on censorship and monitoring. (Shutterstock)
15:08 GMT
Facebook confesses to helping Arab and Muslim governments, along with the CIA, in censoring and monitoring efforts; Anti-censorship play in Lebanon gets surprise approval from Lebanon's censors; Qatar has concluded a $10mn deal to acquire the legacy of Albert Einstein in a bid to increase its number of Nobel Prize laureates.

November 6, 2014

This is apparently the new look of Hezbollah’s elite force.
10:39 GMT
The new look of Hezbollah's elite forces; this idea that even objective criticism of Islam must be considered a personal or even racist attack is not unpopular amongst the political Left; Tunisian election paves the way for a brave new future
07:30 GMT
Whatsapp introduced the blue double check feature which means that the message has been read; Alexander Wang X H&M collection has finally landed in Lebanon; based on NOW’s interview with Dr. El-Khoury, there aren’t any scientific studies or proof that this new digital drug is harmful.

November 5, 2014

In the Middle East and looking for a job? From openings with terrorist organizations to being headhunted by Vogue, everything is possible in the region! (Shutterstock)
14:00 GMT
ISIL is looking for an Oil Refinery Manager at $225,000 a year; Egyptian filmakers take on Hollywood big-budget films with movies shot on cell phones; and Pepsi and Vogue Italia Showcase design talent in the region.