Blogs Roundup

January 23, 2012

Head of SCAF, Tantawi, faces rising pressure from all fronts. Photo: Reuters
11:24 GMT
Will the new parliament will end SCAF's influence ahead of presidential June election? ; YouTube sensation and founder of FouseyTube Yousef Erakat is facing criticism; Jordanian women want to pass their nationality to their children irregardless of father's nationality; Obesity in Lebanon- who knew! ; Is McCarthyism striking Israel's academics?

January 22, 2012

Twitter's Home page.
16:49 GMT
Think Media Labs have done a study on Lebanese politicians and their Twitter figures- the results are amusingly unsurprising; Surprise! People in Lebanon prefer to pick up money over litter off the streets; Is the situation in Bahrain devolving into civil war? ; Strikes heat up at West Bank's universities.
The debate of Jordanian identity continues in light of Arab revolutions.
11:57 GMT
Jordanian identity is more than a game of origins; Blackout blacks out SOPA and PIPA legislations as they are shelved indefinitely; Representations of Muslim women in political cartoons can cause more harm than good; Laugh out loud at the "Shit Middle Eastern Girls Say" video.

January 21, 2012

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12:45 GMT
Columnist and newspaper editor Andrew Adler openly stated that Israel should consider assassinating Obama should he not attack Iran. No worries: the American government accepts his apology; The awkward moment when that casual co-worker's dinner turns out to be- gulp- a date; The contents of a purse are the gateway to its owners' neuroses.

January 19, 2012

Anti-SOPA/PIPA war rages on in the streets and online.
14:39 GMT
SOPA/PIPA- the enemy of free speech, online creativity and Internet activism? ; Israeli hacker isn't discriminating when it comes to targets; Jordan's struggling women are a source of inspiration; 8 things you should know before you even think of moving to Lebanon.
Social security numbers- the battlefield of the Saudi-Israeli hacker wars.
10:10 GMT
For those who are on the need-to-know basis, here are the bare facts on the Saudi- Israeli hacker altercation; Is sectarianism the true reasons behind the region's problems? ; Israelis- the protectors of the Holy Land's olive oil? ; Jersualem- the heart and soul of the Palestinian struggle; January 25th Round two.

January 18, 2012

Wikipedia page during Blackout.
14:07 GMT
If you haven't heard of the new SOPA/PIPA Copyright laws, go to Wikipedia immediately! Oh wait, they're having a blackout in protest; Netanyahu- A friend to the Chinese people? ; Lebanese anti-Israel "activists" want to ban Lara Fabian's concert; Iran wants to ban Barbie/Barbie sales set to skyrocket in black market sales.
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10:53 GMT
As one building collapses, there is fear that more of Lebanon's brittle infrastructure might collapse; Could you put a value on human life? Apparently, it's $20,000 according to the Lebanese government; Guantanamo in numbers- you will be horrified; Cairo continues the trend of revolutionary graffiti.

January 17, 2012

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12:06 GMT
Elusive revolutionary or pesky rabble-rouser: One blog posts an interview with the Saudi hacker 0xOmar, who leaked thousands of Israeli social security numbers; Khaled Abu Saleh and his counterparts- the future of Syria? ; The complex terrain of Lebanese opinion on Syria; Fashionably late is not just an Arab thing.
Palestinian graffiti- Shown for illustrative purposes.
09:38 GMT
Palestinians get creative with their protests by spray painting pro-Palestine graffiti at different spots of West Jerusalem; 10 body myths that just won't go away; Does motherhood spell the demise of spontaneity? ; 2012: The year of Lebanese designer presence at the Gold Globes.

January 16, 2012

Through the winding streets of Amman, you're bound to find yourself an "angry Ammani".
14:13 GMT
Dedicated to Jordan, it is fair to say that its capital is filled with "Angry Ammanis". Their anger stratosphere ranges from the traffic to their Twitter accounts. But mostly traffic; Two of Jordan's most important historical sites need help: Petra and the Jordan River; One Jordanian blogger recommends that you never fall in love with a girl that reads.
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10:21 GMT
An old apartment building in Beirut's Achrafieh neighborhood collapsed, killing two people including a 15-year-old girl. If you thought that the Lebanese blogosphere was going to let this slide without notice, your are sorely mistaken. Criticism and analysis ranges from private owners' negligence to indifferent government officials to, everyone's favorite topic, rent control laws that protect neither tenant nor landlord.

January 15, 2012

After "Twitter-gate", Saad Hariri faces the fallout of his "d'oh" moment.
11:01 GMT
In a true Twitter snafu, former Lebanese PM Saad Hariri accidentally bid infamous Israeli Ministry of Defense spokesperson Avichay Adraee, "Good Morning"; Lebanese rape victims: Society's "secret" people; Israeli students may become their government's new propaganda weavers; One Palestinian blogger says "no" to Israeli negotiations.
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09:05 GMT
Kuwaiti native and member of the Kuwait shooting team Maryam Erzouqi qualifies to join the 2012 London Olympics; Unsurprisingly, honor killings reach the gay community in Turkey; Western Union cut out their services from the Gaza Strip; Photoshop- the only beauty product you'll ever need; 20 signs you've gone legit as a fashion blogger.

January 14, 2012

With pride, the Tunisian people can reap the benefits of their plight.
18:17 GMT
A look back on the anniversary of Ben Ali's downfall- warts, worries and all; Cairo, it was love at first for this proudly Tunisian blogger; Are Lebanese women really more "free" than their Arab counterparts? ; Obama's tough decision will hopefully lead to good outcomes; Le Monde's selection of the best 100 books: an opportunity to explore international novels.