Blogs Roundup

September 3, 2012

Preparing hookah for customers.
14:45 GMT
Lebanon smoking ban starts today: Not everyone is welcoming it with open arms; Cafe owners are expected to protest for an arguileh loophole; Others offer-up mixed reviews on the ban; Is confidence in Tunisia's Islamist Ennahada party shaking?; A glimpse at Jordan's latest art craze; Marriage proposal with a twist.
09:23 GMT
Under the line of fire from Human Rights groups and international press,Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari has stepped in to protect the rights of the young girl accused of burning the Qur'an. Lebanon's Future Movement are criticised for praising Nabih Berri's latest speach. Elsewhere, a blogger argues that Syrian refugee camps are not a free-for-all for men in search of cheap brides, and another muses over the benefits of being a freelancer.
What many see as Syrian women fleeing war, some men see as an opportunity.
07:27 GMT
Aid workers and those close to the refugees are receiving marriage queries from strangers, looking to 'rescue' Syrian woman by marrying them; a new genreration of TV's is here; Movie Review: What To Expect When You’re Expecting and marrying a non-Saudi.

September 2, 2012

Protests are planned against the Pope during his visit to Lebanon.
07:48 GMT
Of all the things to protest in the Middle East, one blogger sees that the Catholic Church is not one of them. An Anti-Pope protests seems out of place and frivolous; mocking a satire from America; learning from the Nabataeans; and Kuwaiti blogs suck.
Ahmadinejad and Morsi
07:21 GMT
The weekend's Morsi speech at the NAM summit in Tehran is still causing Twitter-echoes - a celebration of the Islamist leader's Persian slam; What it is to sleep easy; It's a small world after all; Driving ban, the school run in Saudi and the mothers who can't drive.

August 31, 2012

A map of Syria. Written on each city (in Arabic), its name and the number of martyrs from it.
15:34 GMT
A little morbid, but reality bites: If you'd like to view a spread of the killings around Syria, here's a map region by region of the dead; Progress resistant cultures - where do Arabs stand? Kuwaiti films in the making and apple pies - find out what's cooking; and Grand Prix Abu Dhabi.

August 30, 2012

As Syrians flee the dangers, the closing of the borders of Jordan and Turkey is a possibility.
07:36 GMT
The swell of Syrians fleeing the conflict is so great in the past days that Jordan andTurkey have threatened to close their borders; a letter to King Abdullah from a blogger; Review: Sony Personal 3D Viewer; and a crisis avoided in Egypt.

August 29, 2012

Internet censorship
13:24 GMT
Bloggers unite in darkness to demonstrate against regulation; Eid family obligations making you crazy? You're not alone; take out your frustration on Kuwait's first MMA fight but just don't try to leave the country, particularly if you're Lebanese.
Apple has taken a huge bite out of Samsung's profits, to the tune of 1 billion dollars.
07:47 GMT
The Verdict is out and Samsung took a major hit, for $1Billion and that could triple in damages; President Mohamed Morsi started his visit to China; a deeper look int Syria's crimes; and more from the young authors of Project Pen.

August 28, 2012

Alleged Crucifixion Victim
19:54 GMT
It sounds like an oxymoron but this seemingly contradictory notion of Islamic crucifixions was found in a media report - Enemy crucifixions by the Muslim Brotherhood; Jordan's Black Wednesday uncovered; Guinness Book of World record prayer beads! and 7 psychopaths.
Is it time for the neighbors to help out in Syria?
07:00 GMT
Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist now heading Saudi billionaire Prince Walid bin Talal’s new Arabic news channel Al Arab says it’s time Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Jordan intervened militarily to end the Syria crisis; a chance for Israel to redeem; and no smoking in Lebanon.

August 27, 2012

Internet freedom
14:03 GMT
Tomorrow is the day to blank our your blogs; Some foreigners are more equal than others in Lebanon and newlyweds get their handyman online.
Screen Capture of YouTube video of settler harassing girls
08:54 GMT
More disgusting than this young male settlers words about little girls are the comments left in the blog by others who share a hatred for Palestinians; racism in Lebanon lampooned; and more on the Darayya massacre in Syria.

August 26, 2012

"The delicious smell of pine trees on a rainy day at Jordan university" [Image credit: And far away blog]
13:06 GMT
Don't get depressed, winter is coming but there are so many things to look forward to; is there anything to fear in the new Libya?; What can Turkey do about its Syrian problem? and what will Egypt's Islamist government turn into?
Arab girls loooove their mamas! See what other stuff Arabs like.
07:58 GMT
A light look a the return of "Things Arab's Love" is to cushion the blow of several sober blog entires that follow: another Massacre in Syria, Syrian news roundup, Iran to hold a big, global party; and Jordanians are shamed by their own Olympians.