Blogs Roundup

March 12, 2012

The protest of the Saudi female university students has began an overall protest at the the King Khaled University. Will the issue find a resolution?
02:00 GMT
Saudi female students in Abha took to protesting against their university's "learning environment", resulting in extreme violence; Updates on Bahrain- the little revolution that couldn't; A discussion of child abuse in Jordan; Lebanon just says no to Israeli sponsors and artists, except Natalie Portman apparently.

March 11, 2012

What is this conflict coming to if actual Palestinians will side against their own people?
19:46 GMT
Israel has used two Arab Palestinian women to promote it as an egalitarian democracy in public forums around the world; The 2012 Palestine Festival of Literature is taking place in Gaza for the first time; Start-up accelerators move Lebanon forward in the entrepreneur scene; A double parked pink Hummer is a crime against humanity.

March 10, 2012

This Ethiopian maid was beaten up in front of her embassy. Her employer was blurred out to maintain the safety of his identity.
08:00 GMT
A video of an Ethiopian domestic worker being beaten up in front of her embassy by her Lebanese employer has sent shock waves in the blogsphere, sparking much debate on many fronts; The best of the rest and what we missed from International Women's Day.

March 8, 2012

In spite of speculation that he would get the death penalty, Hamza Kashgari will live to tweet again. (Image source: "egregores.blogspot.com")
11:14 GMT
Saudi journalist Hamza Kashgari is expected to walk free again in a few weeks; Eloquence, thy name is not Netanyahu, as portrayed by his "duck" metaphor at the AIPAC conference; A mural is worth a thousand words; Paris Hilton visits Lebanon.
Let this year be the year of the Women's Spring!
09:00 GMT
International Women's Day is gaining much attention in the region, as more and more women are standing up for their rights. The Middle Eastern blogosphere wasn't silent on this issue either. Today, topics range from the hurdles ahead for women to the Palestinian hunger striker Hana Shalabi.

March 7, 2012

Hassan Nasrallah is definitely a popular subject for cartoonists and political artists alike.
20:11 GMT
Lebanese cartoonist Pierre Sadek ruffles more than a few feathers with his Hassan Nasrallah cartoon; WhatsApp gets added to Syria's ban list; Britons are set to protest for Palestine; Even the New York Times can have typo.
"I am the number one fan of the Palestinian people. I respect them and sympathize with them as they all need that we stand by them." - Diego Maradona
14:15 GMT
Argentinian superstar footballer and coach Diego Maradona is planning to make good on his promise to visit Palestine; Another Tweep is behind bars- this time in the UAE; More on stray dog poisoning in Kuwait; Saudi Arabia's first ever horror film!

March 6, 2012

Why do work when you could be preventing degenerative illnesses by playing Angry Birds? (Image source: "wilyawil.com")
18:49 GMT
As if you needed an excuse to keep playing; YouTube sensation Dancing Matt (from the 'Where the Hell is Matt" videos) visits Tahrir Square; Interview with Lebanese sensation Mashrou Leila; Camels digging into garbage bins!

March 5, 2012

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi  was labeled the most powerful Arab woman for the second year in a row.
11:44 GMT
The countdown of this year's 100 most powerful Arab women; Asma Al Assad's father's comments about the regime and "British ethics" may be deemed offensive to Syrians; Music that sets the soul aflame; Beating those cat-callers at their own game; When the pictures of Lebanese snow are not actually from Lebanon.
Listening to the news can bring all sort of heartache and cynicism- used for illustrative purposes.
09:51 GMT
One Palestinian blogger confronts the headlines of Haaretz; A reduced sentence will not deter hunger striker Hana Shalabi; The Egyptian NGO fisaso: an embarrassment for Egypt? ; The role of music in the Arab Spring.

March 4, 2012

Palestinian prisoners have to endure overwhelming odds.
22:12 GMT
With the latest Palestinian prisoner to go on hunger strike, here is a deeper look at administrative detention and its history; The effects of climate change on the Arab world; 7 new iPhone apps to feast your eyes upon; Have you seen Movie: The Movie? It's basically unlike any film you've ever seen- it has Meryl Streep with a mustache!
Speed Sisters- Crashing stereotypes about women of the Middle East and Palestine one race at a time.
10:05 GMT
The women of Palestine's first- and only- all-female race team, Speed Sisters, burn rubber and talk politics; The rundown of what to expect at the Egyptian presidential elections; Not everyone is excited about Russel Peters' Lebanon visit; News via graphic design.

March 3, 2012

Even Bashar thinks it's funny.
17:39 GMT
Yes, someone went to all the trouble to make a Bashar Al Assad fan website; Lebanese government websites get hacked; One blogger takes the opportunity to show gratitude to his 'second mother', in honor of International Women's Day; Is Twitter just like High School? Say it isn't so.

March 1, 2012

"We (America) are the only country with moral authority sufficient to do that (launch a war on Iran), …I do think Iran deserves to be annihilated. They are lunatics, I think they are evil." - Tucker Carlson
18:02 GMT
Fox News does another statement whoops, but has it gone too far with the current political climate? ; What if the three little pigs got actual news and social media coverage? The Guardian gets creative; Lebanese watching the Lebanon v. UAE game categorized; George Clooney's reaction to gay rumors.
Why let the men do all the proposing?
11:50 GMT
If you didn't, you should have. In a time where men did all the asking, Leap Day was the only day where women got down on one knee. Could this tradition be exported to the Middle East? ; Is gender discourse in the Arab Spring being misused? ; Honesty is the only path to true creativity; Lit fans- Some literary events to look forward to.