Blogs Roundup

March 7, 2012

Hassan Nasrallah is definitely a popular subject for cartoonists and political artists alike.
20:11 GMT
Lebanese cartoonist Pierre Sadek ruffles more than a few feathers with his Hassan Nasrallah cartoon; WhatsApp gets added to Syria's ban list; Britons are set to protest for Palestine; Even the New York Times can have typo.
"I am the number one fan of the Palestinian people. I respect them and sympathize with them as they all need that we stand by them." - Diego Maradona
14:15 GMT
Argentinian superstar footballer and coach Diego Maradona is planning to make good on his promise to visit Palestine; Another Tweep is behind bars- this time in the UAE; More on stray dog poisoning in Kuwait; Saudi Arabia's first ever horror film!

March 6, 2012

Why do work when you could be preventing degenerative illnesses by playing Angry Birds? (Image source: "wilyawil.com")
18:49 GMT
As if you needed an excuse to keep playing; YouTube sensation Dancing Matt (from the 'Where the Hell is Matt" videos) visits Tahrir Square; Interview with Lebanese sensation Mashrou Leila; Camels digging into garbage bins!

March 5, 2012

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi  was labeled the most powerful Arab woman for the second year in a row.
11:44 GMT
The countdown of this year's 100 most powerful Arab women; Asma Al Assad's father's comments about the regime and "British ethics" may be deemed offensive to Syrians; Music that sets the soul aflame; Beating those cat-callers at their own game; When the pictures of Lebanese snow are not actually from Lebanon.
Listening to the news can bring all sort of heartache and cynicism- used for illustrative purposes.
09:51 GMT
One Palestinian blogger confronts the headlines of Haaretz; A reduced sentence will not deter hunger striker Hana Shalabi; The Egyptian NGO fisaso: an embarrassment for Egypt? ; The role of music in the Arab Spring.

March 4, 2012

Palestinian prisoners have to endure overwhelming odds.
22:12 GMT
With the latest Palestinian prisoner to go on hunger strike, here is a deeper look at administrative detention and its history; The effects of climate change on the Arab world; 7 new iPhone apps to feast your eyes upon; Have you seen Movie: The Movie? It's basically unlike any film you've ever seen- it has Meryl Streep with a mustache!
Speed Sisters- Crashing stereotypes about women of the Middle East and Palestine one race at a time.
10:05 GMT
The women of Palestine's first- and only- all-female race team, Speed Sisters, burn rubber and talk politics; The rundown of what to expect at the Egyptian presidential elections; Not everyone is excited about Russel Peters' Lebanon visit; News via graphic design.

March 3, 2012

Even Bashar thinks it's funny.
17:39 GMT
Yes, someone went to all the trouble to make a Bashar Al Assad fan website; Lebanese government websites get hacked; One blogger takes the opportunity to show gratitude to his 'second mother', in honor of International Women's Day; Is Twitter just like High School? Say it isn't so.

March 1, 2012

"We (America) are the only country with moral authority sufficient to do that (launch a war on Iran), …I do think Iran deserves to be annihilated. They are lunatics, I think they are evil." - Tucker Carlson
18:02 GMT
Fox News does another statement whoops, but has it gone too far with the current political climate? ; What if the three little pigs got actual news and social media coverage? The Guardian gets creative; Lebanese watching the Lebanon v. UAE game categorized; George Clooney's reaction to gay rumors.
Why let the men do all the proposing?
11:50 GMT
If you didn't, you should have. In a time where men did all the asking, Leap Day was the only day where women got down on one knee. Could this tradition be exported to the Middle East? ; Is gender discourse in the Arab Spring being misused? ; Honesty is the only path to true creativity; Lit fans- Some literary events to look forward to.

February 29, 2012

Is this Syria referendum more of the same?
14:32 GMT
Syria's constitutional referendum invites great participation. Is this leap year the start of something new for Syria? ; Canadian comedian Russel Peters is coming to Lebanon! ; Lebanon- not where the heart is? ; Nablusi Knafa vs. Gazan Knafa- the ultimate showdown!
Is Palestinian hunger striker Hana Shalabi's situation turning into the magnitude of Khader Adnan's?
09:21 GMT
There are growing demands to release hunger striker Hana Shalabi as her strike reaches the two-week mark; A third Intifada is a growing possibility; Saudi and Qatar relations- it's complicated? ; Spanish media's patriarchal representation of Islam.

February 28, 2012

The next cold war? - It is predicted that an attack on Iran would yield even worse radiation than Chernobyl.
13:14 GMT
Israel and the U.S. should keep their finger off the proverbial red button, as an attack on Iran's nuclear reactors could prompt another Chernobyl situation in the Middle East and west Asia; A recap of the situation Syria; A human rights tax should be implemented for using cheap foreign labor; Lebanon in pictures, summed in two different blogs.
The Academy Awards- an annual opportunity to indulge in the glitz and glamor and have a gripe about who should have won.
09:03 GMT
People of the Middle East love watching the Academy Awards as much as anybody. So, the Arab blogosphere has been tingling with excitement. From fashion to Academy Award bigotry, here is some of what the Middle East blogging community had to say.

February 27, 2012

The Lebanese LGBT community has an ongoing growing presence.
14:28 GMT
11 Lebanese LGBT blogs that are on the rise right now; Tunisia and Egypt have very separate takes on how pornography censorship should be handled; Sukayna- a forgotten Islamic feminist icon.