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.
September 24, 2011
Nour Merhib's suicide in the name of his life's campaign against sectarianism chimes in with the regional Spring; Palestine has spoken- rather eloquently is the common consensus on Abbas's oratory; Why Palestinians aren't all celebrating the prospect of statehood; Abbas V BiBi; The Irvine 11 and the comeuppance for Muslim students daring to speak 'disrupt' Israeli ambassador.
September 22, 2011
An open letter to President Obama in response to his veto habit and refusal to 'change'; and what does the US get in return for such unwavering support for Israel- financial and para-legal; A Berlin Wall memorandum to Khalid Said, Egypt's revolutionary mascot.
Celebrate the KSA's 81st birthday on Saudi National Day, 23.09.11, since its inception as a Kingdom in 1932 by finding a Bedouin tent near your or sporting the green and white tradition; More steps for GCC consolidation; And Lebanese fashion makes its mark at the 2011 Emmy's.
September 21, 2011
Meanwhile in Lebanon, the devil wears anything from beer cans to prada.. Nadine Labaki’s new Movie scores Best at Toronto; 'Madames' in Lebanon should treat their house-servants right even if just so that someone makes their beds! Blogging in Lebanon a force to reckon with?; Piloting this so-called 'faster' internet in Lebanon; and 'Cablegate' -the Qatar resignation.
A Jordanian significant resignation of Governor of the Central Bank- Faris Sharaf- comes on the same day as Qatar's Al Jazeera trades in Palestinian Director General Wadah Khanfar for a home-grown royal kind; Why Palestinians are depressed; And with talk of a Palestinian 'state' it's easy to completely neglect Gaza.
September 20, 2011
The Netherlands shows its true 'face' by standing against Palestine's bid for a state and taking a firm stance against the face veil tradition of 'Niqab' or 'Burqa'; Turkey framed as a teenager, a 'debutante' coming of age; Palestine takes center stage once again; What will come to 'pass' for Palestine; And is one step closer to Statehood, two steps back for the Cause?
A stark warning for the Arab Spring viewers to not have turned their attention from Yemen now in violent crisis; Jerusalem Post offers a case against Palestinian Statehood; Is Israel an Island?; Mocking all politicians; And a look at life in equations and formulas.
September 19, 2011
All eyes shift to Europe- the unpredictable multi-member player unlike the surefire 'Nay-sayer' USA; Women rise for Palestine; Egyptian date for elections announced for November; While you were remembering 9/11 what the rest of the world was doing; Syria loses peaceful Ghandis in the violence; and an Oriental little sketch worth a chuckle.
Mass nude photo-shoot at the Dead Sea reminds us that there could be life at the Dead Sea after all; A Lebanese suicide raises human rights and freedom questions; 'Mad Men' promote cigarettes; And Jordan has a Plan B.