August 1, 2012
After a sting operation on 36 men in a Lebanon porn cinema known for gay cruising, police apply anal probe tests. TV presenter Joe Maalouf accused of homophobia, closet homosexuality and moral misconduct in outing Arab men. Is this institutional rape akin to unlawful virginity tests in Egypt?
Back to the '90s for a blast from the past; Saudi Arabia's 'naming' rules - why it's complicated from Maiden names to family names; Blessed is the time 'off' work when jobless; Freedom of internet in Jordan - what's the story?
July 31, 2012
Ramadan as an unemployed hermit is not so bad, says our Muslim in Canada; A cautionary tale against rocking the boat! Jordan's film buffs are a common breed in the Kingdom - how come?
While our minds are on Aleppo "the mother of all battles", we shouldn't forget the whole of Syria where people are suffering; Catching up with Sudan's protest, electricity and music; You've heard of memorable opening lines of books, now try end-lines.
July 30, 2012
Have fun with our set of Arab countries described by a leading British broadsheet in six words; Truly scrumptious: an ode to a favorite Ramadan sweet!; Lebanon's Olympics for fun and for real.
Find out 'how' Syria is Iraq and where midwifery fits in a blogger's spoof of New York Time's Thomas Friedman; Getting arts and crafty in Amman; to be romantic or not to be; and start climbing the stairway to success!
July 29, 2012
Keeping up with Ramadan TV, here's a tale from the Qaran featuring Hagar, Sahar and Egrama; the 'blessings' of unemployment; and staying with Ramadan, a look into the fascinating Taraweeh or night time prayer -what is it all about?
Al Azhar confirms HIJAB is not a part of the religion; Aleppo battle as Turkey’s gateway to Syria; Israel Replicates the Nazi Attitude to ‘Enemy’ Children.
July 28, 2012
For the Saudi Olympic contingent at London, it looks all male at first, but straggling at the rear are those much buzzed (and even maligned as prostitutes) first females, flanked by men. Men lead, women follow! A scan of Arab world entries looks at Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt: false hopes or renewed national pride?
July 26, 2012
Thousands of Syrians Christians have fled from their homes, especially in the Homs and Hama governorates; Egyptians wearing NIke fakes at the Olympics; Aston Martin V12 Zagato not selling as well; and watching Olympics on your cell.
Some young Arabs make a parody video about the Iftar meal but does it go too far in embracing stereotypes about themselves? Kurds fly their own flag in Allepo; Romance in Lebanon; and a parody of Thomas Friedman;
July 25, 2012
With reported no signs of foul play in his death, this former intelligence chief went to the grave with many secrets from his time with Mubarak; Assad names four new Security Chiefs; and problems with the Lebanese passport.
Tlass says that he is speaking to the people as a member of the Syrian Arab army that refuses the practices of that corrupted regime; a Ramadan craft for the whole family; and a former Egyptian MP shares his plight and hopes.
July 24, 2012
He's not a Muslim nor did he have any political or religious agenda so does this mean he is not terrorizing people? Why are there so many abandoned cars in Syria? The new Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion; and why Amman’s public space stops at 4th Circle.
No falling asleep on the job this Ramadan in Saudi. They have police assigned to check government offices for dozers; Saudi Prince looking ahead after Assad; political unrest in Saudi; and Indian food in Kuwait for Iftar.