Blogs Roundup

January 29, 2014

Mutussam Abu Karsh and Yasmeen El Najjar, two Palestinian teens, both amputees and both wearing prosthetic limbs, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. (photo by the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund)
21:43 GMT
Mutussam and Yasmeen for "the first time .. have felt truly free- no walls, no borders, no checkpoints and soldiers."; Five things the Lebanese do wrong and well; Obama is still a war-hawk; and Coursera Online Courses blocked for Syrians, Iranians and Cubans.
Google now has Persian calendar settings.
09:44 GMT
Google figured that since the US Government is cozying up to Iran, why not let the calendar app be Persian friendly as well; kids used in Egyptian protests; hookah blues in jordan; and sad stories from the Zaatari refugee camp.

January 28, 2014

Jailed Al Jazeera reporter Peter Greste. (Facebook)
14:25 GMT
Now on his fourth week captive, Al Jazeera's Peter Greste writes a second letter from Egypt's Tora Prison, where he is being held without charge; Marlboro Marijuana Cigarettes- fake! How technology affects great writers; and Sisi is coming.
Fifty Shades of Grey is the latest in popular erotica.
05:00 GMT
A survey of Saudis showed that while the majority stand against any written depictions of intimacy, there are still many who like to sweat when they read; go extreme in Egypt; congrats to Tunisia; and 10 helpful hints for WordPress.

January 27, 2014

An Al Qaeda member celebrates the taking of Fallujah.
13:00 GMT
With the help of Syrian special forces and Russian artillery, the Iraqi Army is attempting to cleanse their country of Al Qaeda for good; a Bahraini with soul; a movie about real killers in Indonesia; and Netanyahu faces a dilemma with his son dating a non-Jew.
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Bruce Springsteen, David Grohl and Trent Reznor  share the stage at the 2014 Grammy Awards. (FaceBook)
08:08 GMT
For many who love music, both old and new, the 2014 Grammy Awards was their Xanadu; Trent Reznor, Metallica, Paul & Ringo, and Stevie Wonder all performed; the commuter blues; and the meaning of life is.... a decent lunch?!

January 26, 2014

A Tunisian man kisses his flag.
15:04 GMT
Tunisia's new government is a rainbow of religious and political groups. Is this why they are getting along so well? Egypt sure would like to know; Aline Lahoud impresses in France; half a million to Palestinian startups; and six stories form Lebanon.
Scarlett in a Sodastream advert.
07:55 GMT
Sodastream is a company built within the third largest Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank and Scarlett Johansson has their back; feminism is for men and women; Tajiks asked to change their Russian names; and Egyptian diplomat kidnapped in Libya.

January 25, 2014

A Saudi woman is now serving dishes like these form her own restaurant in KSA.
14:38 GMT
Nora Almoqateeb is breaking down all sorts of barriers and following her dream of starting and running her own eatery in Saudi Arabia; Egyptian vlogger bigger threat than terrorists? and a Lebanese man kills his daughters and himself in Texas.

January 24, 2014

Jihadist militants  in Gaza.
11:41 GMT
Surprisingly little research has been done on the connection between global jihad and the Palestinian question- until now; edgy documentary on Syrian jihadists; less car accidents in Lebanon last year; and 10 sci-fi movies that really stink.

January 23, 2014

A computer hacker at work.
09:08 GMT
The Egyptian ethical hacker, Mohamed Ramadan, offered a course at a university on how to hack for good and thousands attended; Egypt and democracy; Jordan's internet blows away Lebanon; and Islamic Banking in Sub-Saharan Africa.

January 22, 2014

John Kerry realizes that Geneva 2 is not going to solve all the problems in Syria at one time.
18:57 GMT
With interrupted speeches and long-winded speakers, social media is alight with all sorts of opinions; Lebanese Rapper mistaken for a terrorist; and Seattle, Washington opens its minds and doors to the Middle East.
Iranian warships in the Strait of Humoz.
10:36 GMT
Iran feels that there's no better way to puff one's chest and show the world that you are the big dog than to send warships to the Atlantic Ocean; tidying iTunes; reflecting on Jordan's press laws a year later; and CIA to blame for polio in Pakistan.

January 21, 2014

The pictures could be used to convict Bashar Assad of war crimes.
21:15 GMT
New photos shows that the Assad regime is guilty of the "systematic killing" of about 11,000 detainees; global governments don't care at all about Syria; Tehran gets exactly what they want at Geneva; and Arab bloggers meet up.
Are 3D babies the newest trend in prenatal pampering?
09:06 GMT
One Arab blogger was freaked out by a recent innovation in ultrasounds- a printed, baby doll that looks exactly like your baby in utero; director Abellatif Kechiche breaks all the rules; Omar back from the dead? and one badass ride in Jordan.