Blogs Roundup

April 1, 2012

International powers need to take into account previous cautionary tales, such as Iraq, when discussing their options.
09:01 GMT
As Syria's condition gets more critical, it seems that the 'Friends of Syria' need a Plan B; Reactions to El-Shater's candidacy; Egypt's Porn conundrum; Land Day highlights the age-old fundamental problems; Photo essay of life in the Palestinian territories.

March 30, 2012

Commemorating the events of 1976, pictured is one of the demonstrators in Jerusalem, silenced by the blood-stained past of Palestine.
22:32 GMT
As we remember Palestine's unsung commemoration day and the martyrs it represents, Land Day still resonates with Palestinians and Arabs alike, illuminated with the resounding passion of its activists. Here is what the blogosphere had to offer on this special day!

March 29, 2012

U.S. Troops face an uncertain identity.
14:58 GMT
U.S. troops proudly label themselves as 'pork-eaters' and 'infidels'? ; The 10 Commandments of being Lebanese; Part of Tahrir Square's magic is its expressive, revolutionary murals; Jordanian Reform - a personal story.
Supporters of the Palestinian cause are receiving solidarity from all over the world.
09:48 GMT
One of the first eight female rabbis in the world, Lynn Gottleib is an active Palestine solidarity supporter; 13 Interesting Ads; What the Middle East can learn from Brazil; Saudi Arabia's growing fear of women; Coffee themed jewelery for caffeine addicts!

March 28, 2012

Lebanese bloggers: Quirky, funny and always have politics on their minds.
20:27 GMT
Although it has caused quite a stir in the Twittersphere, here are 40 of the top Lebanese blogs; One Lebanese blogger takes his blog ranking in stride; Lebanon Aggregator is now accepting Jordanian blogs! ; Is Lebanon trying too hard to model itself after the west?
They couldn't decide on the place that served the best falafel.
10:18 GMT
A new research shows that arguing is better for innovation than brainstorming. If there is anything that Arabs love to do, it's arguing; 12 stressful ways of thinking you must banish; Misyar marriage- do it offer proper marital rights? ; Pockets of beauty on Lebanon's walls.

March 27, 2012

SCAF Vs. The Muslim Brotherhood: Is this the ultimate showdown for Egypt?
18:49 GMT
SCAF and the Muslim Brotherhood clash as accusations fly; The Lebanese have their power in numbers? ; 10 pitfalls to avoid when studying gender in the Middle East; Japanese retailer Muji comes to Kuwait!
Is Asma Assad a wronged party in spite of the scandalous Assad E-mail leaks? Asma still remains the international woman of mystery.
09:24 GMT
Syrian First Lady Asma Al Assad has had a bit of a bad rep as of late, but an anonymous Syrian blogger comes to her defense; Hate crimes are on the rise in America; Whose voice are we hearing in the Arab Spring? ; Social Media Update: What's the latest; Mad Men YouTube Game revisited.

March 26, 2012

The gaudy "Israel Loves Iran" Campaign Poster
12:25 GMT
That is exactly what the Middle Eastern blogging community is pondering. Ever since the posters for the "Israel Loves Iran" campaign appeared on the social networking sphere, Middle Eastern bloggers have been cynical, ranging from critical to jocular.
What does the revolution mean for the future of Yemen's women? - Shown for illustrative purposes.
09:44 GMT
Yemen's Arab Spring was not only inspirational in its accomplishments, but in what it had to offer to the women of the revolution; The Yemen revolution: a separation? ; Egypt prepares itself for the pornography ban; Android users rejoice! Instagram is making its way to phone near you.

March 25, 2012

A movie still from 'The Hunger Games'. (Image source: 'Rottentomatoes.com")
12:44 GMT
If you thought this was another Twilight imitation, think again. Arab Sci-fi nerds get their geek on for 'The Hunger Games'; Saudi Tweet offender- Round Two; Lebanon's classic architecture is worth fighting for; A Salafi at a Pope Shenouda III talk; Colonialism and the Arab Spring.
Arab Idol, Carmen Sulaiman, in here starring moment.
09:53 GMT
The confetti is out and so is the verdict: Carmen Sulaiman is the first Arab Idol winner! ; Russel Peters's Lebanese performance- Not up to snuff? ; Mad Men- The video Game! ; Luxury Brands take to social media to reach the affluent masses; 5 Flowers you can actually eat!

March 24, 2012

The ultimate Arab Idol Showdown- Egypt's Carmen Sulaiman or Morocco's Donia Batma?
10:22 GMT
Excitement mounts for the Arab Idol Finale and the gloves are off as two ladies vouch for the top spot; Shortlisted titles for the 2012 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)- with excerpts; Springtime in Jordan!

March 22, 2012

Borat- a specter over Kazakhstan's identity?
11:01 GMT
A Kazakh female athlete was horrified when the Kuwaiti sporting event she was attending played the Borat parody instead of the actual national anthem of her country; Revolutionary art! ; Photoshop CS6 beta's release- why you should be excited?
Out and Proud? - Omar Sharif Jr. worries if he can ever return to his native Egypt.
09:02 GMT
Omar Sharif Jr., the grandson of the esteemed Egyptian actor, comes out as gay and admits to being half-Jewish, but would like to visit Egypt someday; Iranian-American reality TV!- More 'Jersey Shore' than 'All-American Muslim'; 10 Ways Israel has shown the Palestinians its utmost appreciation; Beautiful Arabic typography.