Blogs Roundup

January 24, 2013

Helen Hunt gives an amazing performance as a sex surrogate for a paralyzed author.
11:00 GMT
John Hawkes plays a poet who is paralyzed neck down by polio since his childhood and asks the church to grant him one wish-- coitus; to beat or not beat one's spouse? Who are the Salafi-Jihadis? and Israeli products in Lebanon.
The polls are closed in Jordan.  The people have spoken; some by not voting at all.
02:00 GMT
Relive Jordan's election day as this live blog 'sought to curate and document Election Day, including the good, the bad, and the interesting.'; Syria is beyond repair and here's why; and who do the Circassians vote for?

January 23, 2013

Nathalie plans to rack up the votes in her run for Lebanese parliament.
10:00 GMT
Nathaly Fadlallah, owner of a modelling agency in Lebanon, lately announced she’s going to be a candidate in the next Lebanese elections; Obama’s Inaugural and the Danger of an Iran War; and letters from Syrians outside of Syria.
Jordan's elections show no hints of a Brotherhood presence since they are boycotting.
07:06 GMT
Many of the parliamentary seats in Jordan will be won by ‘independents’ who support Jordan’s monarchy and not the Muslim Brotherhood; the making of the Kuwait Fireworks Guinness World Record; and a documentary about America's covert wars.

January 22, 2013

When it comes to who wins the elections in Israel, most Palestinians could care less.
10:00 GMT
Finding consensus in Palestine's fractious politics is often difficult, but there is one thing virtually all Palestinians agree on - it doesn't matter who wins Israel's election; Egypt's sinking schools; and Obama's failure in Syria.
Another 4 years of drone bombings in Yemen is nothing to smile about for President Obama.
04:00 GMT
Yemeni blogger Afrah Nasser offers a warm serving of congratulations dripping in sarcasm to President Obama; Is Lebanon a Federal or Unitary Republic? Have you tried horsemeat? and Qatar buying up Egyptian land.

January 21, 2013

Gay Arabs: Is this an oxymoron or is such a thing true to Arab culture without the West to blame?
10:00 GMT
“Not Quite the Taliban” poses an interesting and different perspective on the ability to mix culture and religion with the impact of Western influence; Christian center opens in Iraq; Facebook likes are like votes; and fashion police make an arrest.
Jordan elections coming soon and  according to some, things look a little better for democracy.
04:00 GMT
While the system looks much like the elections from last decade, significant reforms makes Jordan's 2013 elections hopeful; thriving startups in Jordan; more parodies on the Orthodox law video and the Brotherhood may have gotten something right.

January 20, 2013

Syrian President Bashar Assad would rather destroy his own country than give up control of it.
09:43 GMT
Syria is dying. Bashar al-Assad has made it clear that the price of his removal is the death of the nation and the shift to armed insurgency has produced catastrophic results; Saudi Arabia: 2012 Year in Review; and photos from the Salafi-Jihadi Protest at the French Embassy.
Noam Chomsky is no pushover when it comes to completely lying about what he has said. (Getty Images)
04:00 GMT
Chomsky recently sent Egyptian TV station Youm 7 an email where he made it clear all the quotes were untrue; 3 reasons to be ashamed of Yemen's leader visiting Bahrain; and why is Turkey really in Somalia?

January 19, 2013

A Who's Who of the Al-Queda groups in the MENA region (image courtesy of .
04:00 GMT
Understanding Al-Queda is a bold task but Karl reMArx has the complete guide to the who's who in MENA AlQueda groups: women playing greater role in refugee camps; and another sneak peak at the new C7 Corvette Stingray.

January 17, 2013

Afer initially fighting stereotypes in Hollywood, it seems portraying Muslims as terrorists is back in style.
13:26 GMT
Homeland and Zero Dark Thirty are the latest in a stream of increasing media that portays Arabs and Muslims as people to be feared; a beginner’s guide to Lebanon’s oil and gas and Google expands its Street View coverage in Israel .
Do the Lebanese Christians have it a lot better than they think they do?
07:31 GMT
Are Lebanese Christians really being under represented in their government? Some would say quite the opposite; the growing pains of Salafi politics; and 4 Jordanian gaming startups go out of business.

January 16, 2013

For one night, the Lebanese had to find their shawarma somewhere else!
10:58 GMT
In response to discrimination in Lebanon, Cheyef 7alak decided to reserve a whole restaurant for a group of foreigners and for once turn away the Lebanese who tried to enter! a small step for womankind in Saudi; and bungee in Kuwait?
King Abdullah is redefining Saudi leadership with his decision to appoint 30 women in the Saudi parliament.
05:00 GMT
King Abdullah will likely be remembered as one of the most progressive leaders in Saudi Arabia’s history and particularly in regards to rights for Saudi women; Samsung Introduces World’s First Curved OLED TV at CES 2013; and MTV Lebanon’s website hacked.