Blogs Roundup

March 15, 2012

Bashar (a.k.a 'The Dude') and Asma (signs off as 'AAA') are in for a lifetime of awkward moments after their Guardian E-mail leak.
10:18 GMT
Scandal broke when The Guardian sent shockwaves around the world causing a real-life 'Assad-Gate' after getting its hands on thousands of leaked E-mails from the Middle East's least favorite presidential couple Bashar and Asma Assad. From jocular E-mails to shopping sprees, the Assads' already damaged PR image is beyond repair.

March 14, 2012

The Online community rejoiced when SOPA/PIPA were put aside, but not the Lebanese who have to tackle LIRA.
12:35 GMT
Just when you thought Lebanon had enough problems, the Lebanese government is proposing the Lebanese Internet Regulation Act (LIRA). As #StopLira is trending, here's everything you need to know about this new law. Could such Internet regulation laws start trending in the Middle East?
The fine art of tweeting- it isn't limited to celebrities and businesses.
08:41 GMT
Who said Twitter killed the literary art of conversation? Here are 25 Arab authors who are active and creative Twitter users; The show must go on- Yes, we're talking about Egypt's Presidential elections; Politics dampen the groundbreaking Iranian Oscar win; One woman's declaration of independence!

March 13, 2012

Footage from the Lebanese Warehouse, showing the decaying meats.
14:02 GMT
Raw footage broke out on the Lebanese channel Al-Jadeed of warehouses that supply Lebanese restaurants and hotels filled with rotten meats and products; Interview with Anthony Shadid's widow, Nada Bakri; Tajikistan brings Facebook back; A clash of opinions over Kaffiyah Day at Israel's universities.
With their 'V for Vendetta' masks, these anti-establishments movements are growing all over the Middle East.
09:11 GMT
Hacker group 'Anonymous' is targeting Salafists via their 'emails, bank accounts and transactions'; Lebanon's history book ad libs- Insert history into the blanks; Grief over the virginity test verdict; McDonald's gets sexist; Arab uprisings Star Wars-style.

March 12, 2012

Kony 2012- the real deal or a donation scam? (Image source: "")
19:16 GMT
The Middle Eastern blogosphere is opinionated at best. Not ones to take 'outsider' causes, here are the visceral reactions among some Arab bloggers; Israel tries to maintain its PR image to the Christian community; A Zionist Christian preacher comes to Egypt to spread his message.
Egypt's women are the backbone of the revolution. Is it fair that they are treated this way?
09:31 GMT
Samira Ibrahim's crusade for women's rights ends in tears, as the doctor who performed the virginity tests on female protesters is set free; Mohammad Mahmoud Street- an ode to the revolution; Is Egypt's LGBT movement fizzling out? ; A Quran-ripping art performance raises questions about Western liberals.
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: "")
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: "")
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!