Blogs Roundup

October 31, 2012

Nexus 4 and 10 look like the new standard for affordable smartphones and tablets.
11:51 GMT
With the price, speed and look of the new phone and tablet by Google, it seems that bulky, high priced gadgets are soon to be obsolete; Hamas' disappointment with Egypt; how to bypass spending in American Foreign Policy; and persecuted Muslims from Myanmar still make it to Mecca.
Father Raphael Ava Mina is the oldest but not necessarily the most famous of the Raphaels to lead the Copts.
07:15 GMT
And then there were three -- the new Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria will be either Father Raphael Ava Mina, Bishop Tawadros or Bishop Raphael; corruption in Libyan government; Syrians are war correspondents too; and early reviews are in for the new Ipad mini.

October 30, 2012

The Taliban is so threatened by this face, they want to hurt 14 year old Pakistani activist Hina Khan.
11:27 GMT
There is a global appeal to the The Norwegian Nobel Committee to award the Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai and Hina Khan; Young Syrian female activist dies under torture; Uruguayan President José Mujica inspires many; and Prof. Richard Falk addresses the UN on Palestine.
Some Egyptians fret, "Sudan got theirs, so are we next?"
08:28 GMT
After the bombing of Sudan’s Yarmouk military factory, some Egyptians are wondering who is next and after some jets rumbled across Cairo skies, they're now convinced it is them! US Expat tax considerations for Americans working in Saudi Arabia; and ignoring Mikati in Lebanon is the best plan of action.

October 29, 2012

Madinah Haram Mosque will be the biggest mosque in the world-- but at what cost to historical sites?
06:42 GMT
Medina`s authorities are building a mosque so big it will hold 1.6m people – but demolishing irreplaceable monuments to do it; spooked cow tramples Palestinian at Muslim feast; Arab customer service vs. American; Shiite Iraqis defending Bashar Assad; and Skyfall fails for women.

October 28, 2012

Lebanon's celebrities are soon to be shaking the night away!
06:49 GMT
The United States’ most watched competition TV Show is coming to Lebanon thanks to MTV. The show’s presenter will be Carla Haddad; politics in the U.S. trump any real help to Syria; Fireworks filled the streets of Lebanon (for better or for worse); and a tough Eid in Yemen.

October 27, 2012

The mini Ipad from Apple is turning heads in the Arab world.
09:43 GMT
The iPad Mini is here and in a nutshell, it has better specs and it’s thinner and lighter than the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the Google Nexus 7; how much freedom of religion is there in Jordan? Wikileaks detainee policie revealed; and Friday Prayers for Egypt.

October 25, 2012

As long as Israel is safe, the U.S. is basically saying, 'Sharia for all!'
13:00 GMT
As long as regimes don't mess with Israel, it seems the United States and other western powers are fine with women losing their rights and minorities oppressed; a faked Taliban attack in Lebanon; and the Jordanian government just canceled daylight savings time.
Was this Michel Samaha set up and was it done by Wissam al-Hassan?
08:32 GMT
The connection between Michel Samaha's arrest and Wissam al Hassan's role in the shakedown are primary ingredients for the conspiracy tales; Jordanians love their tourists; bombings in Sudan; and a look back at Red Bull's car drifting competition in Jordan

October 24, 2012

One can't help but wonder if Hosni Mubarak is dreaming about all the money he has that he can't spend.
13:00 GMT
This Eid Holiday, we learn that while still filthy rich with who knows whose money, Mubarak's cash money is only around 300 million, and not billions; Martians on Sinaii? What's your favorite verse, or poem, or philosophy? and foreign workers in Lebanon still getting abused.
These 11 men may have cost Jordanians their right to free speech.
06:22 GMT
The Black Iris pleads his case for not allowing the bomb threats in Amman to be an excuse to squelch the push for reform in the Hashemite Kingdom; Ideas for Eid in Qatar; Professor Landis takes heat for his Syria theories; and a glimpse at Iron Man 3.

October 23, 2012

Four wives and one husband-- what could possibly go wrong?
13:00 GMT
Does polygamy make both sides of the equation content? The hidden facets of having multiple wives that can make things awkward and difficult; MP in Kuwait arrested for leading protests; and more thoughts about the assassination of Wissam al Hassan.
Is it possible to steal the attention of a tragedy for one's own gain? Some celebrities in Lebanon may have done just that.
07:43 GMT
So they are tweeting about how mad and sad they are about the car bomb in Achrafieh but how many Lebanese actors are actually helping the families? Bayt.com makes job hunting easier; Movie Review: I Served the King of England; and turning a funeral into a spectacle.

October 22, 2012

Read on to learn how to reach out to the victims of the bombing in Lebanon.
13:00 GMT
With the PM already stepping it up to help those families victimized by the Achrafieh bombing, many are following his lead to extend a helping hand. So can you; Egypt's Viral Gangnam video; an amazing and terrifying story of survival in Syria; and the grapes of Lebanon.
Naturall, the night time is much cooler in Kuwait for staging a protest.
07:45 GMT
In a sight that seems extremely rare, streams of Kuwaitis filled their streets to come out in unified protest against a new electoral law; sad photos and videos from El Hassan's funeral; and is it time for America to bring in the big guns?