Blogs Roundup

March 4, 2012

Speed Sisters- Crashing stereotypes about women of the Middle East and Palestine one race at a time.
10:05 GMT
The women of Palestine's first- and only- all-female race team, Speed Sisters, burn rubber and talk politics; The rundown of what to expect at the Egyptian presidential elections; Not everyone is excited about Russel Peters' Lebanon visit; News via graphic design.

March 3, 2012

Even Bashar thinks it's funny.
17:39 GMT
Yes, someone went to all the trouble to make a Bashar Al Assad fan website; Lebanese government websites get hacked; One blogger takes the opportunity to show gratitude to his 'second mother', in honor of International Women's Day; Is Twitter just like High School? Say it isn't so.

March 1, 2012

"We (America) are the only country with moral authority sufficient to do that (launch a war on Iran), …I do think Iran deserves to be annihilated. They are lunatics, I think they are evil." - Tucker Carlson
18:02 GMT
Fox News does another statement whoops, but has it gone too far with the current political climate? ; What if the three little pigs got actual news and social media coverage? The Guardian gets creative; Lebanese watching the Lebanon v. UAE game categorized; George Clooney's reaction to gay rumors.
Why let the men do all the proposing?
11:50 GMT
If you didn't, you should have. In a time where men did all the asking, Leap Day was the only day where women got down on one knee. Could this tradition be exported to the Middle East? ; Is gender discourse in the Arab Spring being misused? ; Honesty is the only path to true creativity; Lit fans- Some literary events to look forward to.

February 29, 2012

Is this Syria referendum more of the same?
14:32 GMT
Syria's constitutional referendum invites great participation. Is this leap year the start of something new for Syria? ; Canadian comedian Russel Peters is coming to Lebanon! ; Lebanon- not where the heart is? ; Nablusi Knafa vs. Gazan Knafa- the ultimate showdown!
Is Palestinian hunger striker Hana Shalabi's situation turning into the magnitude of Khader Adnan's?
09:21 GMT
There are growing demands to release hunger striker Hana Shalabi as her strike reaches the two-week mark; A third Intifada is a growing possibility; Saudi and Qatar relations- it's complicated? ; Spanish media's patriarchal representation of Islam.

February 28, 2012

The next cold war? - It is predicted that an attack on Iran would yield even worse radiation than Chernobyl.
13:14 GMT
Israel and the U.S. should keep their finger off the proverbial red button, as an attack on Iran's nuclear reactors could prompt another Chernobyl situation in the Middle East and west Asia; A recap of the situation Syria; A human rights tax should be implemented for using cheap foreign labor; Lebanon in pictures, summed in two different blogs.
The Academy Awards- an annual opportunity to indulge in the glitz and glamor and have a gripe about who should have won.
09:03 GMT
People of the Middle East love watching the Academy Awards as much as anybody. So, the Arab blogosphere has been tingling with excitement. From fashion to Academy Award bigotry, here is some of what the Middle East blogging community had to say.

February 27, 2012

The Lebanese LGBT community has an ongoing growing presence.
14:28 GMT
11 Lebanese LGBT blogs that are on the rise right now; Tunisia and Egypt have very separate takes on how pornography censorship should be handled; Sukayna- a forgotten Islamic feminist icon.
Although punk has been used as a cultural tool for all sorts of things, it can now be used to fight apartheid.
09:33 GMT
In light of racist comments from Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols, a blogger highlights Punks Against Apartheid, a group of punks against racism; Saudi Arabia's ban of female sports involvement is doing more damage than good; Insider video of what's going on in Homs! ; Your survival guide to Lent.

February 26, 2012

Although recruitment strategies are still in their infancy in the Middle East, HR is an ever growing field.
14:08 GMT
In today's difficult job market, the size of an organization could play a big role in its methods of job recruitment; The 18-year anniversary of the Hebron Massacre; A diplomat's love affair with calligraphy moves onto Chinese writing; The importance of teaching children to love books.
All the different, but beautiful variations, of the Google Ibn Battuta Doodle. (Image source: "")
08:21 GMT
Google wished Moroccan explorer Ibn Battuta a Happy 707th Birthday with a Google Doodle; Has the "Friends of Syria" conference turned into a fiasco? ; Libya's frozen assets raise more than a few questions; Entrapment scandal- involving a sign; A Swiss Army Knife USB!

February 25, 2012

Saudi Arabia's clerics have made the controversial decision to condemn those who rally up protests.
14:24 GMT
Some of Saudi Arabia's top religious clerics are claiming that protesting in itself as an act goes against Islam; Is there a feminist political party in the pipeline in Lebanon? ; Advertising in Lebanon: hilarious case study or cautionary tale; A Lebanese blogger asked and 39- and counting- answered: what is the Lebanese expat experience?

February 23, 2012

Egypt and the global arena are watching the Mubarak trial with eager attentiveness.
15:08 GMT
In spite of reports that the Mubarak trial is turning into a complete fiasco, here are some updates on this year's most scrutinized trial; The Syrian dilemma- Why no one is intervening? ; On the other side of the coin: What the international community can do to help Syria.
What will the future hold for Yemen?
09:58 GMT
Saleh's long-standing Vice President remains uncontested in Yemen's elections? Surprise surprise; Is Israel taking advantage of the Arab Spring to destroy Al-Aqsa and surround areas? ; Iranian food- enough said; 10 Survival tips for Arab brides-to-be.