Blogs Roundup

January 21, 2013

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.

January 15, 2013

Want to be part of Egyptian school curriculum as a female leader? You better be wearing a hijab!
11:32 GMT
The picture of a women’s rights pioneer was deleted from a high school textbook because she was not wearing a hijab; Apple has new plans for the new iPhone; animal abused at Kuwaiti Zoo; and two Lebanese woman making a difference.
Jessica Alba was one of many stars that shined extra bright at the Golden Globes.(photo courtesy of
08:06 GMT
One Arab blogger gives her takes on the outfits that sizzled and those that fizzled out at this year's Golden Globes; Saudi Arabia: Should Customers Be Levied an Additional Charge for an Unfinished Meal? and the unorthodox Orthodox Proposal in Lebanon.

January 14, 2013

Many displaced Syrians are stuck and suffering without any solution but the kindess of outsiders.
10:23 GMT
In 2013, there are Syrian people freezing and starving to death in refugee camps and the world can and should help; going to a club without your girlfriend? and entrepreneurs still trying in struggling Lebanon.
Oum Kalthoum: She's back and live in a concert hall near you!
04:00 GMT
With the power of hologram, Arabs can attend a live concert and Egyptian great Ooum Kathoum will sing just for them; French websites hacked due to Mali; No end in sight for Syrian battleground; and iceskating the Arab world!

January 13, 2013

Want to beat the Israeli occupation? Go to school and learn Hebrew. (picture used for illustrative purposes only)
10:00 GMT
Hamas' flagship university in Gaza has a new diploma on offer — Hebrew, the official language of its nemesis Israel; insurgents have overrun a strategic airbase in Syria; Why Do We Hate? and you can not close the sun's gate.
Algerian hacker Hamza Bendelladj is all smiles as he gets escorted towards a life behind bars. (photo courtesy of ArabCrunch )
04:00 GMT
Thai police have arrested Hamza Bendelladj, a 24 year old hacker wanted by the FBI for hacking into 217 banks and stole millions; propaganda or real nice JIhad; dry terrorists run on plance ignored? and the ME crisis solved!

January 12, 2013

What is Obama thinking for this next term in the MENA?
04:00 GMT
This is the time for the new Obama team to take a step back and think about its longer-term goals for the Middle East; Lebanese Army takes over the LU’s cefeteria in Hadath; and how does one function in a mosque?