July 14, 2014
Egypt fills prisons with dissidents like there's no tomorrow; Sudanese president accused of massive human rights abuses invited to visit Egypt; Can you spell orientalism? Uproar over sale of Egyptian statue from British museum
July 13, 2014
Gaza is still under attack by Israel, but you can keep up-to-date with what's happening through this blog. Also, check out some noteworthy stories you might have missed in Lebanon this week.
July 12, 2014
Modern Islamic extremist groups reconfigure modernity to focus on punishment rather than morals; outside help is needed to unify the Iraqi people and defeat ISIS; the chaos in Iraq threatens to become a global epidemic; tech-savy terrorists use Bitcoin to funnel electronic funds.
July 11, 2014
A Palestinian mother speaks of trying to cope with Israeli occupation; ABC issues correction after citing a grieving Palestinian family as Israeli; How the West Bank crackdown mushroomed from a search for just 3 missing teenagers; The US State Department distances itself from voices in the Obama administration critical of Israeli policy.
July 10, 2014
Obama is often called the pragmatic president, a euphemism for dodging obligations to human rights; Thousands of years ago spice trade routes brought Islam from Arabia to Southeast Asia. Today the same transmission has taken place with extremist ISIS ideology. But its conduit is likely the Internet; Think ideology is behind the current Chaos in the Middle East? Try social policy.
“How could you watch the World Cup while children are dying?” Football fans under attack by Gaza activists. Also, meet Lebanon's award-winning female mixologist, and find out how to find your soul mate!
July 9, 2014
With Al Jazeera's monopoly coverage costing $110-$320, Arab viewers ironically turn to the Israeli channel for free; A quick retrospective on the Brazil-Germany semifinals match; Some people get upset that Arabs still watch football as Gaza is pounded by Israeli airstrikes.
George Clooney's future mother-in-law thinks her daughter can do much better!
July 8, 2014
A collective Blogs Roundup on the politics of the Middle East including Iraq's Maliki and an exclusive transcript of a conversation between Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his psychiatrist.
July 7, 2014
Italian public TV station Rai 1 will introduce the Italian public to Arab music icons for the first time in their TV history. Meanwhile, Dubai is planning the world’s largest Underwater Theme Park.
July 5, 2014
Wondering what life is like in Lebanon on a social and economical level? How about finding out why the NY Times failed to mention the names of the six dead Palestinians in the same article where we got everything from A to Z on the recently killed Israeli boys?
July 3, 2014
Ramadan isn't as easy as ABC and we all have exactly the same thoughts while fasting! Meanwhile someone tells us why he hates his co-workers and another on how long it takes to develop a new habit!
The world's rising obsession with meat is doing massive damage to humanity's collective health and the environment in general; students demand a better education and get pummelled by Egyptian riot police; and Palestinians from Syria mistreated in Lebanon.
July 2, 2014
One blogger sees all the hype by some Muslims yearning for a the return of Islamic rule as short-sighted and a recipe for disaster; Egypt's military could have easily stopped the bombings; and even sympathy can be very ethnocentric. .
The Kings of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates issued pardons and reduced prison sentences for over one hundred Egyptians this Ramadan; remembering the Egyptian youth who stood up; and Ramadan is about the true jihad of the soul.