January 3, 2012
From a mode of oppression to a symbol of peaceful defiance, the "Wall Museum" in Bethlehem conveys the Palestinian spirit; A young Jordanian man defies his social background and accepts the hard truth- He's gay; 12 Lebanese "Birds" worth your hashtags; Start the new year with a spot of book shopping.
The Arab women that made a difference over the region in 2011- good and bad; A blogger shows concern over pan-Arab politics affecting his native homeland; Bright lights, bright city with the Burj Khalifa's fireworks celebrating New Year's Eve; A blogger celebrates the fifth year of his blog and highlights his top entries for 2011.
January 2, 2012
A Lebanese blogger brings forth an article detailing exactly what the Syrian regime is up to and why it doesn't want the world to know about it; Top Arab blogs you should check out; Being gay isn't a disability and should be used as such; Start 2012 with George Orwell's 1984.
Celebrating the LOL-factor of the Arab Spring, the Springies give out awards to its more overlooked amusing elements; The Dark Knight's Joker can sum what is going on in Egypt morally and politically; Surprise! Astrologists are a sham. Who knew.
December 31, 2011
Lebanese blog Beirut Spring looks back on its biggest 11 non-political blog entries this year; The top 13 movies for 2011; 2011 was a year of ups and downs for two very different bloggers for many different reasons; For Lebanese residents, beware those power outages on New Year's Eve; One talented photographer looks back on his best work in 2011.
December 29, 2011
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) attempt to justify their recent attack on Gaza; One Palestinian blogger's ultimate rebellion against the Israelis? Being happy and living life; Top 13 American movies to keep on your radar in 2012; Kuwait could ban Shisha smoking in public; Could a queer community thrive in Jordan?
Three different bloggers are feeling the burn of concern for Syria's plight. Each gives their piece of mind on what needs doing, but the general consensus is to be weary of foreign intervention on all fronts.
December 28, 2011
What do social networks, government bans and online start-ups have in common? They changed Middle Eastern tech history, of course; One blogger's hopes for Egypt in 2012; Realistic ways to lose that weight- and keep it off; Hope for a return to Lebanon's Golden Age; An awkward situation involving a Lebanese passport and a flight to Tel Aviv.
Ali Ferzat soars this month by winning two international journalist awards; Is the Islamist majority in Egypt's parliament a threat to its Coptic population? ; Egypt's "Virginitygate" leads to ban on "virginity checks"; Kuwait is set to ban private Twitter accounts; Are polar extremes in idealogical thought standing in the way of understanding suicide bombings? One blogger believes so.
December 27, 2011
Arabs just want to have fun- and other reasons why you have to love Arabs; A tragic account, among thousands, detailing the Gaza War for one family; Where were you when the Gaza War hit? One blogger wants to know; An experience that will make you think twice about flying over Israel; The "Aardvark-certified" best books on the Middle East.
For the Palestinian people, the issue is neither forgiven nor forgotten; The Palestinian population is set to have a leg up on the Jewish one in terms of numbers; A Palestinian photographer is snubbed out of a major art competition for being "too pro-Palestine"; Is a case of selective memory hurting the Syrian revolution?
December 26, 2011
Time Magazine isn't the only outlet handing out "Person of the Year" credentials. As it has been a busy year, ArabCrunch has bestowed its choice on three different entities for 2011; The 10 Best Lebanese blogs of 2011; What would do if you were Bashar Al-Assad? ; Blogs are not only for ranting, as one blogger posts a personal work of fiction.
Ironically, it is the "superficial glitter" that holds together the spirit of Christmas for people of all faiths; Commercial or non-commercial, Christmas is still the season of family and giving; Could a dishdasha incite office racism? One blogger thinks so; The Book Lover's Journal lives up to its name for reading fanatics.
December 25, 2011
Gaza Christians- and Muslims!- are celebrating Christmas still in community-based gatherings; A new Christmas hope sparks for a Lebanese blogger in an unlikely place; "Happy Newtonmas" is one blogger's greeting of choice; Christmas cupcakes- enough said! ; The second phase of Egyptian elections simplified; A Lebanese blogger isn't the only one unimpressed with the Virgin Megastore.
December 24, 2011
Yes. No? Maybe! Three different bloggers weigh in their opinions and views on the recent Syrian car bombing. Was it the Syrian regime or security-breaching revolutionaries? ; One year later, Bouazizi lives on in the memory of Arab youth in spite of naysayers; 14 tunes to listen to this Christmas; Experience this "year in pictures" in three slideshows.