Blogs Roundup

August 5, 2012

Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar picks up the Bronze for Skeet - but Arabs want more, says Mahmood
06:35 GMT
Arabs suck at London 2012, says one blogger asking the question 'why'; Lebanese filmmaker offers Arabs something to celebrate; Syria - the less news we're hearing the more concerned we should be; and keep up to speed with Arab progress at the Olympics - catching up with last week.

August 2, 2012

Mount Lebanon
13:10 GMT
Kuwait shake-up in the a.m.; Some sweet recipes for Summer and Ramadan; Celebrating Saudis athletic women, from Olympics to beyond.
Hillary Clinton: You're not welcome in Egypt
08:27 GMT
Christian minorities in the new Brotherhood state of Egypt rally around boycotting Clinton -- suspicious of the US; Sudan blows up but noone's that interested; How a female quota for the Lebanese cabinet is actually a Lebanese philosophy; And welcome to manhood academy.

August 1, 2012

Joe Maalouf
13:05 GMT
After a sting operation on 36 men in a Lebanon porn cinema known for gay cruising, police apply anal probe tests. TV presenter Joe Maalouf accused of homophobia, closet homosexuality and moral misconduct in outing Arab men. Is this institutional rape akin to unlawful virginity tests in Egypt?
The ultimate 90's room!
08:42 GMT
Back to the '90s for a blast from the past; Saudi Arabia's 'naming' rules - why it's complicated from Maiden names to family names; Blessed is the time 'off' work when jobless; Freedom of internet in Jordan - what's the story?

July 31, 2012

Alberta
21:21 GMT
Ramadan as an unemployed hermit is not so bad, says our Muslim in Canada; A cautionary tale against rocking the boat! Jordan's film buffs are a common breed in the Kingdom - how come?
Destruction in Aleppo
10:41 GMT
While our minds are on Aleppo "the mother of all battles", we shouldn't forget the whole of Syria where people are suffering; Catching up with Sudan's protest, electricity and music; You've heard of memorable opening lines of books, now try end-lines.

July 30, 2012


Edward Maalouf
18:59 GMT
Have fun with our set of Arab countries described by a leading British broadsheet in six words; Truly scrumptious: an ode to a favorite Ramadan sweet!; Lebanon's Olympics for fun and for real.
Mustache for two
10:05 GMT
Find out 'how' Syria is Iraq and where midwifery fits in a blogger's spoof of New York Time's Thomas Friedman; Getting arts and crafty in Amman; to be romantic or not to be; and start climbing the stairway to success!

July 29, 2012

Ramadan Nights
13:36 GMT
Keeping up with Ramadan TV, here's a tale from the Qaran featuring Hagar, Sahar and Egrama; the 'blessings' of unemployment; and staying with Ramadan, a look into the fascinating Taraweeh or night time prayer -what is it all about?
Hijab woman
07:40 GMT
Al Azhar confirms HIJAB is not a part of the religion; Aleppo battle as Turkey’s gateway to Syria; Israel Replicates the Nazi Attitude to ‘Enemy’ Children.

July 28, 2012

Team Saudi enters the Olympic Opening Flag Ceremony: Behind every man...a woman!
11:07 GMT
For the Saudi Olympic contingent at London, it looks all male at first, but straggling at the rear are those much buzzed (and even maligned as prostitutes) first females, flanked by men. Men lead, women follow! A scan of Arab world entries looks at Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt: false hopes or renewed national pride?

July 26, 2012

Syrian Christians are feeling not wanted in their own country.
12:28 GMT
Thousands of Syrians Christians have fled from their homes, especially in the Homs and Hama governorates; Egyptians wearing NIke fakes at the Olympics; Aston Martin V12 Zagato not selling as well; and watching Olympics on your cell.
Towel on head? Check. Strong Accent? Check. All Arab stereotypes covered? Check.
07:20 GMT
Some young Arabs make a parody video about the Iftar meal but does it go too far in embracing stereotypes about themselves? Kurds fly their own flag in Allepo; Romance in Lebanon; and a parody of Thomas Friedman;

July 25, 2012

Rest in Peace along with your many secrets Omar Suleiman
14:28 GMT
With reported no signs of foul play in his death, this former intelligence chief went to the grave with many secrets from his time with Mubarak; Assad names four new Security Chiefs; and problems with the Lebanese passport.