Blogs Roundup

April 9, 2012

9 years to this day, April 9 2012, that Iraq was invaded by the US.
09:16 GMT
On the 9th anniversary of the Iraq invasion, calling for peace while meeting the oldest Iraqi blogger on the block; Why I left Israel; Durex marketing gets wild in Dubai.

April 8, 2012

What the world doesn't understand about the Arab Spring: Looking back to Andalusia and Muslim Spain's tolerance
13:18 GMT
How to frame the Arab Spring- from an insider perspective looking back upon Moorish Spain; Roba from Jordan waxes lyrical about Boing Boing the news-blog forum; Powerful Women-- men tread with caution; And 'read' about Lebanon.
Lebanon makes it 3rd in a top ten places to celebrate Easter survey.
10:01 GMT
On the occasion of Palm Sunday we recall and celebrate that Lebanon - popular at any time of the year- scores 3rd in a top ten places to spend Easter- hallelujah!; The return of the reader: back to reading; 12 positives that follow a mistake - a dozen lessons to keep!

April 7, 2012

Google Spectacles provide HUD in a pair of Goggle lenses
21:29 GMT
If these latest Google Glasses become the fashion, Lebanon's fashion parades or streets will be crammed with them; Pulling that marathon all nighter - the night plotted out for a chuckle; Art reviews on the Middle East unveil liberal arts from conservative nations.

April 6, 2012

While others were getting chocolate hearts and paper cards, an abused runaway maid was being assaulted by a police officer- Shown for illustrative purposes.
23:55 GMT
In light of the Ethiopian maid suicide, a horrifying story of a Lebanese officer raping a maid on the international day of love surfaces; Kuwait ranks at 31 on the happiness scale; An Egyptian magazine blast from the past- 'Daughters of the Nile'; Baby-style alcohol bottles.

April 5, 2012

Known for having a freer environment than surrounding gulf countries, the UAE still aims to monitor derogatory comments about state and government.
13:39 GMT
In light of recent social networking snafus, Dubai police is putting all its efforts into watching websites like Twitter and Facebook on a 24-hour basis to prevent anti-UAE sentiments; More information on the Muslim Brotherhood's surprising presidential candidate; Samir Geagea's almost assassination; Jordan in the springtime; In the land of coffee and donuts.

April 4, 2012

Is International Law allowing certain countries to avoid responsibility?
14:21 GMT
International law is an essential part of international relations, but sometimes it creates loopholes where faulty state behavior goes overlooked; Lebanon news via Internet memes; Was being a Muslim Shaima Al-Awadi's only crime?
Lebanon has small, but surviving, Jewish community. - Shown for illustrative purposes
11:00 GMT
One of Lebanon's few remaining synagogues opens for prayer for the first time in decades in light of a tour sponsored by the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta International movement; Mohamed Merah is a French problem, not a Muslim one; Is the Muslim Brotherhood homogenizing Egypt? Sidon Synagogue Opens for Prayers: First Time in Decades

April 3, 2012

From the pages of the Internet to the walls of Cairo, Twitter has left its mark all over the revolution.
19:17 GMT
There is no denying the role of social media in the Arab Spring, so here is a look at one of the pioneers, Sultan Al Qassemi; Women put in a box- literally and discursively; Lebanon's graffiti- a sign of the times? ; A book about love, Peanuts-style; Eat after reading!
Lebanon will be getting its game on at the 2012 Olympics!
08:44 GMT
In some exciting sports news, two Lebanese female athletes qualify for the Olympics- one for table tennis, the other taekwondo; Jordan's Lifetime diplomatic passport fiasco! ; U.S. withdrawal from Iraq is hardly a situation changer in the region; In the context of Palestine, there is no divorcing politics and economics.

April 2, 2012

The idea of nuclear power plants in the Middle East is already making foreign forces queasy and hostile. So would one in Lebanon cause more conflict?
13:10 GMT
For better or worse, there is talk that Lebanon is in the preparation stages of opening a nuclear power plant in an attempt to resolve the electricity crisis; Haifa Wehbe and Elissa- Bosom buddies? ; Right on the heels of April's Fools Day is World Autism Awareness Day!
Arabic content is becoming a hot commodity, as interest in the Middle East continues.
12:15 GMT
Although there are 280 languages on Wikipedia, Arabic ranks as 27 in terms of content volume; What do grassroots movements and startups mean for Egypt's future; Naguib Mahfouz- A man of literature and cinema; Female hunger striker Hana Shalabi urged against deportation deal.

April 1, 2012

'Fo' Shizzle'- Cool cat Snoop Doggy Dogg makes a segue into Middle Eastern pop music through a collaboration with Tamer Hosny.
19:42 GMT
Famed American rapper Snoop Dogg is joining forces with Egyptian superstar Tamer Hosny for 'Si L Sayed'; A belated Valentine's Day lament- Love is not a P. Diddy song; All the single ladies, you don't need to put a ring on it! ; Lebanon gets Marilyn fever; Cats doing funny stuff- enough said.
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!