Blogs Roundup

September 11, 2012

Cheer for them but do not mock them by feeling pity.
12:55 GMT
Are we to say things like"Thank God they have something to do!" for the Paralympians? This blogger gives a resounding "NO!"; Lebanon has an amazing graffiti problem; the rich in the Lebanese government get richer; and a tour of Beirut from 100 years past.
Should whole countries have been invaded because of the work of the Al Queda  'cartel'?
08:19 GMT
Professor Juan Cole claims that America’s 9-11 response subverted true American values & liberties; survey says,"Stay out America!"; a campaign to save the freedom of the internet in Jordan; and the life of a transsexual in Saudi Arabia.

September 10, 2012

Suicide is becoming a solution that needs to be eliminated in the Middle East.
12:36 GMT
Though not discussed, taking one's life is a real danger in the Middle East. Following the West's lead, one blogger offers ways to prevent suicide; a first timer at a Lebanese casino gives his take; Wall Street blues; and Sergio Pérez to change teams?
Orwa Nyrabia has been held by the Syrian government since August 23.
08:35 GMT
Robert De Niro is one of many voices from America urging release of Syrian filmmaker Orwa Nyrabia but where are the Arab voices? A Syrian news round up; kitesurfing in Batroun; and Angry Arab only angry at some deaths, not all.

September 9, 2012

Yassine al-Haj Saleh (top) and part of the jacket of his book on 16 years in Syrian jails.
20:04 GMT
Syrian activist who is lost in more ways than one finds himself through writing; California nightmares; A Saudi's struggle with cancer; and a Lebanese dream to space-travel.
The battle at Jordan's pumps is the latest glitch in their struggling decision-making process.
07:45 GMT
People have been worrying more about decision making in Jordan, and the Prime Minister finds himself at the present crux of the debate; a funny contrast of laws in the U.S. and Lebanon; Fascist state of California; and Movie Review: What To Expect When You’re Expecting

September 8, 2012

It may not be by these troops per-say  but America is still causing havoc all over the world.
17:29 GMT
From the drug war to the war on terror, the United States is wreaking havoc around the globe; BBC acknowledges misstatement on Rachel Corrie but refuses correction; a cute Egyptian spokesman who says nothing; and Saudi to run out of oil soon.

September 6, 2012

13-year-old Majed Jaradat was abused by Israeli soldiers.
18:34 GMT
Many incidents of abuse are reported in a new publication ," Breaking The Silence" with shocking admissions from Israeli soldiers about the maltreatment of Palestinian children; Is the Jordanian Parliament designed to fail? Artistic suicide and video from the 1962 Jordanian graduation.
The density of Alawites in Latakia has led to armed Alawi militas.
08:51 GMT
Reports of armed groups of Alawite in the Latakia region reveal all the more the sectarian struggle between Sunna and non-Sunna; Review of the movie "Ted"; Are Kings getting a free pass this Arab Spring; and Arabs in the Iron Man.

September 5, 2012

According to Kuwait Times 88% of Kuwaitis have weight problems.
14:49 GMT
Kuwait could be carrying more than it can bite off: Do 88% of Kuwaitis have a serious weight problem? Egypt's keeping Satan at bay by banning the devil in his metal music disguise; Saudi women fantasize...about cars (but man-free!); And a chuckle-inducing 3 minute short story.
Tunisia may soon find these cakes being back in demand for weddings.
09:02 GMT
One Tunisian Islamist says it is all or nothing with Sharia law and that includes legalizing multiple wives; Satanism in Egypt or just loud music? and cafe owners in Lebanon are protesting for their arguileh. Do they have a point?

September 4, 2012

Kuwait’s Paralympic Athletes
15:17 GMT
Kuwait's secret Paralympic wins; The low-down on Lebanese smoking laws; Why elections matter; Mubarak's frozen British assets.
Fatima Nabil is the first ever covered new anchor for Egyptian TV.
07:45 GMT
A covered woman fills Egyptians in on the latest news and to most outsiders would not know that this is a first for Egypt; Can the Syrian rebels get their act together? A movie review of J-Lo's The Cell; and in support of the Lebanese smoking ban.

September 3, 2012

Preparing hookah for customers.
14:45 GMT
Lebanon smoking ban starts today: Not everyone is welcoming it with open arms; Cafe owners are expected to protest for an arguileh loophole; Others offer-up mixed reviews on the ban; Is confidence in Tunisia's Islamist Ennahada party shaking?; A glimpse at Jordan's latest art craze; Marriage proposal with a twist.
09:23 GMT
Under the line of fire from Human Rights groups and international press,Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari has stepped in to protect the rights of the young girl accused of burning the Qur'an. Lebanon's Future Movement are criticised for praising Nabih Berri's latest speach. Elsewhere, a blogger argues that Syrian refugee camps are not a free-for-all for men in search of cheap brides, and another muses over the benefits of being a freelancer.