October 3, 2011
A British Jewish blogger poses a question he senses emerging from British media, feeling besieged in the UK by the general vibe concerning his promised land; In readiness for iPhone 5 Day of Truth; Egyptian Coptic-Muslim relations; Bahrain's story; There's something rotten in the Hashemite Kingdom; while Beirut entertains through film festivals and TedX.
Arab Springs turn to High Summer, and now Indian Summers join this medley of seasonal surprises; Catching up with the UN Palestine bid; Confounded by the question 'what are your weaknesses'? Too young for universal, open-source-friendly Google? Minimum age for Google account holders; Dogs in Kuwait; And cell phone changes in Egypt.
October 2, 2011
An Egyptian born girl grows into a California violent sadistic seductress man-eater; Jordan Fridays; A familiar face from downtown Amman is now the Face for Amman; And Pro-Dictators campaign on Facebook.
A terrible tale of Iranian activists committing suicide once released from jail, begs inquiry into the horrors of a brief internment that killed a romance to live for; Whereas an Arab singlet is not feeling the love-bird song of romance and could do without a well-meaning match-making just now; In Beirut the state is starting to watch you; And why not marry a mama's boy?
October 1, 2011
Lebanese who keep a Canadian nationality by duping the system threatened with having their passports confiscated; Lebanese wife of Hannibal daughter in-law to Gaddafi; On the US- the occupy- Wall Street- protests face a brutal police clampdown, and the land of the free but workaholic; Detox from social media; Son of Israeli general speaks out for Palestine; And water for Palestine.
September 29, 2011
Do you feel your 4 year-old girl could be prettier- then here's how to splash out on her to make her gorgeous! In support of Israeli settlements- the mercenary army for Israel (because the IDF is not enough); In case you weren't in the picture, there are public libraries in Amman, Jordan and here's how to locate them; An application for cooking Middle East cuisine; And what does Ivy Say?
The question on living without a maid was asked by a Gulf bank; and this begs the question can you live in the region or internationally without domestic help; Saudi Arabia's news recently seems to alternate between maids, women-drivers, and women-voters; 60 years of Lebanon and a third of those with Nabih Berri; And 'Mad Men's' Facebook time-line special.
September 28, 2011
The UK's Independent brings us this story on Mecca becoming a material den, using a Vegas comparison to show the absurdity of this holiest of pilgrimage sites turning commercial and glitzy; Nobel-Leaks reveal Egypt is in the running for a prize; NGO's code language translated; and a tale of Lebanese rape.
This was expected: you get war tourism after all, refugee camp tourism in Lebanon, and now this.... Arab Spring Tours! An analysis of the world map in its position on Palestine; Lucky Lebanon (the chosen few) gets faster internet, leaving the rest behind; And 'One Day'.
September 27, 2011
As the world holds its breath for a Palestinian resurgence, Edward Said is remembered on his 8th anniversary- as advocate for Palestinian rights, and the most powerful political voice Palestinians had; Saudi King has granted the woman vote- perhaps next comes the car-driving right?; We hear from the British Ambassador to Syria; And consider 5 things you can't live without.
A rough idea of which countries are sticking their necks out for Palestine and which are staying out of the brawl or uncharitably saying No; The child's view from Gaza unblocked- an exhibit exposed; Facebook is WATCHING you; What about Lebanon and these Arab revolutions; A hacking with a pronounced Pro-Assad difference; Israeli money buys a murdered Palestinian child.
September 26, 2011
While Palestine presents a strong application for statehood, the decision will rest in the Security Council and its various nation state agendas- is the priority currying favor in the Arab street or with Israel, who might provide good economic or immigration incentives; Christian-Muslim cohabitation; Libya's not yet recovered its war-wounds; Death and heritage in the Mideast.
Saudi women may still have their foot off the driving pedal, but may have a hand in the ballot boxes; Uncovered: the opinions of a blogger-- to be hijab'd or non-hijab'd that is 'not' the question; Morocco and its Jews; The case of the Irvine 11 and the Israeli Ambassador's right to freedom of expression denied or unsettled?
September 25, 2011
We live in a world divided into Bloggers and the Rest of the non-blogging masses where rights are conferred to those who Blog; Young moderate Salafism takes the 'tradition' out of the Puritanical religious tradition- the next craze?; TedXBeirut; Yemen deaths are the result of more than just 'clashes'; And calligraphic wonders in Arabia.
Abbas may have just charmed the world by a strong speech and reasonable logical argument while his opponent (partner in peace) enumerated a series of red-herrings in a sour and sore diatribe attacking all and sundry not least the institution hosting his address; A Lebanese blogger suggests you marry a different sect!; and Yemeni leader is back with a vengeance.