Blogs Roundup

May 15, 2014

Jordanian King Abdullah met with Google chairman Eric Schmidt.
13:10 GMT
King Abdullah of Jordan had a one on one with Eric Schmidt of Google and told him of all the opportunities that exist in his kingdom; a Lebanese mom gets pranked, hard; the pressure to be anorexic; and 6 million Palestinians returning to Palestine is feasible;

May 14, 2014

The first picture of Ben Affleck as Batman. (Twitter)
23:02 GMT
For some, it is like an early peek at a Christmas present. Even one Arab blogger, who is vehemently opposed to Batfleck, enjoyed the teaser; maps that explain the White Savior Complex; and the best job ever in Dubai awaits applicants.
Lanes made for bikes are all over European and Western cities.
15:12 GMT
The people of Lebanon were excited and proud that their city would soon be like those of Europe, equipped with bike lanes. Well, now it ain't happening; Google Glass is available! and the Yemeni anti-Al-Qaeda Campaign is gaining momentum.

May 13, 2014

The new Godzilla is amazing.
21:46 GMT
After being inundated with trailers and commercials, one blogger was skeptical if Godzilla could live up to the hype. To his surprise, it crushed it! The New Samsung Galaxy S5 is nothing new; and getting gas in Libya is no walk in the park.
American Secretary of State John Kerry with Afghani President Karzai.
13:26 GMT
American military brass thought they could hep the impoverished and dire situation in Afghanistan by throwing money at it. Wrong; Lebanon's refugee problem; Abdullah Assem freed but still a prisoner and it's Lebanon, not Libya!

May 12, 2014

Yemeni-Scottish filmmaker Sarah Ishaq (All Voices)
21:57 GMT
Yemen is usually only in the news for drone strikes or child brides? These eight amazing directors, artists and activists are changing the norms; Iran claims to have copied an American drone; and Christians in Israel at great risk.
Turning on men according to Ink on the Side
15:32 GMT
Men can be simple. For many wives, they just have to figure out that one thing that will make their husbands feel like they are winning; Rockin' Arak of Lebanon; KSA needs change soon; and how children today are being raised.

May 11, 2014

Going out for a drink for a lady is not easy when done alone.
22:07 GMT
Life is full of double standards and unfortunately, if you're a woman and you'd like to go the bar for a causal drink, more than likely, you'll be misunderstood; daytime snoozers in Amman; video of 1920s Beirut; and Jews hating on other Jews.
The best granola bars in the world are easy to make. (Tea Calls)
07:00 GMT
Everyone needs to stop and read this recipe. In no time flat, a person can make this healthy, yummy Granola bar for a nutritious snack; Homs is the beginning of the end; machines that give change- impressive; and 'The Walk of Shame' is exactly that.

May 10, 2014

Pajamas with Gen. Sisi's image stitched into the fabric.
13:04 GMT
The cult of Sisi is growing with the momentum already carrying him straight to the seat of president and this scares one Egyptian blogger greatly; a tour of Jordan by its king; some people are not that bright; and ladies, be proud of your achievements!

May 8, 2014

Getting beer on a Lebanese wage is not that easy.
23:37 GMT
A recent study showed how many beers a person from each European country could buy with an average paycheck. How does Lebanon compare? Laziness is what is killing Palestine; a young Sisi draws for us; and sea turtles at risk.

May 7, 2014

Death by hanging is still used as a punishment in Egypt.
22:09 GMT
So far this year, 1,212 Egyptians have been sentenced to death. This number is greater than all other sentences combined worldwide; Pele once played for Lebanon; politics in the Gulf are personal; and Mickey loves the MENA.
Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
14:04 GMT
Israeli President Simon Peres worked hard to negotiate a peace deal with Palestinian President Abbas but Netanyahu pooh-poohed it; displaced families in Afghanistan; interview turns into a fight in Jordan; and Lebanon breaks refugee world record.

May 6, 2014

Understanding the Shiite, Alawite and Sunni territories. (image from vox.com)
22:35 GMT
From newbie to seasoned Middle Eastern scholar, anyone will find these maps to be extremely helpful in understanding the socio-political climate of the region; Al Jazeera coming to London; and women tagging walls in Afghanistan.
Solar panels in a solar field.
08:38 GMT
Administrative Development Minister Adel Labib announced that the Egyptian government will be investing $1 billion into a giant solar energy project; 'Shut up your mouse!"; the MMA fight in an MEA flight; and Boko Haram are idiots.