Blogs Roundup

November 26, 2011

Arabic Twitter floods the Twittersphere.
19:00 GMT
The Arabic language storms Twitter with plenty of Tweet-worthy material spilling out of the Middle East; 2011 - a year to remember; Mona Al Tahawy straight out of Tahrir; Saudi Arabia and Iran and war not peace? And a Mideastern voice speaks out against gender violence.

November 24, 2011

When Starbucks comes to a head with the Turkish Coffee House,  the Guardian chooses the Arabian coffee tradition.
16:00 GMT
How the Turkish Coffee house could teach the world a thing or two about buzzing conversation: a standoff with the American coffee shop; Mona ElTahawy released from Egyptian detention Tweets and Talks about her ordeal; The fate of Libyan loyalists at the UN; And the two sides to any story -- including Israel-Palestine.
In Part 2 of the Egypt Revolution back at Tahrir, it's not camels and horses that are out in force but motorbikes bearing Egyptian heroes rather than Mubarak's mafia.
13:00 GMT
In the first round of revolutions, we saw camels and horse, now Tahrir brings you motorbikes in this spectacle of violence and heroics; Day 5 at Tahrir's massacre and sorry outcome; More from the Diaries of a Single Arab woman; And homeless thoughts for the day.
Horse-racing, traditionally a male sport, with its side-saddle options for the skirted ladies breaking into the sport, 
is not the most obvious sport that Saudi Arabia would concede to choosing for their token female entry.
11:49 GMT
Saudi Arabia enters a token woman horse-rider to challenge its ban from the Olympics; Kuwait in Gulf fashion, makes records with its large monument; Syria's saga continues as does the banned media and reportage; and Yemen makes movies.

November 23, 2011

Marry me! A Muslim marriage comes to fruition at Wall Street: Occupied by love.
09:48 GMT
A Muslim wedding at 'Wall Street' reminds of marriages at Tahrir and raises questions on wedlock in mutiny; Tahrir re-occupied, while America still Occupied; It's all emanating from Tahrir, apart from mobile phone signals; Taking issue with terms as twee as Arab Spring; And Egypt replay button explained.

November 22, 2011

The beginning of the end for Arab Christians-- Is the original breed of Christianity to become extinct with the revolutions?
When did survival of the fittest exclude Arabs of the Christian variety/
13:41 GMT
A dying breed-- Arab Christians under threat? Israel's new plans for a "segregated" Jewish development in northern Israel ignore this Palestinian plot of land; Is this a country of free press and even 'freer' action (to bulldoze Palestinian property); The return of Tahrir -- just when you thought they'd had their day at Tahrir; And Beirut's solution to its polluted landscape: a green 'Beirutopia'.
The Cedar flags come out in celebration of unity rather than in demonstration or political posturing & stirring: 22.11.11.
12:37 GMT
Lebanese Independence Day 2011, like other years in the Lebanese calendar is a subdued almost unsettling celebration of unity and all things Lebanon; A Lebanese pop-icon is back in action in Lebanon's 'twin' pleasure capital Dubai; Lebanon vis-a-vis Australia; and the naked question redressed for Egypt?

November 21, 2011

Jeddah's tragic school fire of 2002 became the story of trapped schoolgirls unable to leave their high-walled 'haremed' classrooms in time.
14:28 GMT
Unlike the fire of 2002 at Jeddah, the school girls got out alive, helped by the teacher heroics; How to tie your scarf, men and women; AUB-Gate: a scandal for Beirut's pride and joy Alma Mater; Arab sanctions proposed for Syria; And an apple for the teacher (featured in honor of the Saudi deceased teachers).
Back to Tahrir, the kids come out to play.
09:47 GMT
Egypt Tahrir kids carry on with the struggle against their new enemy, a tempting treat to some Gazan food specialty and when sharing is not caring (the downsides of marriage).

November 20, 2011

Israelis stoked up by the dare-devil Egyptian girl Aliaa Megdah AlMahdi are used to 'free love' with their 'Love Parade' spin off tradition. This scandalous show comes as less a surprise in Israel than it would in an Arab population as Egypt. Photo credit to Anat Cohen, courtesy of YnetNews.
12:26 GMT
Israelis strip for Egypt: When it takes nudity & 'humor' to bring Israel to the same side of the fence as Arabs; Egypt & Israel's cross-'border' tensions are forgotten for one candid moment of females freeing themselves from clothes & politics; Lebanon press is displeased with their leader rendition of Benetton's 'Love' or unhate campaign; Syria's future; And interfaith marriage.
(Left) Saudi Arabia ponders a decision to clamp down on attractive, particularly stunning, eyes; while Egypt shows more and more flesh in at least one revolutionary stunt. See more on Aliaa's stated position in Al Bawaba's special Blog Roundup.
10:48 GMT
Why 'she' posed naked, shares the revolutionary stripper for Egypt in an exclusive to CNN that has seared through cybersphere faster than the speed of Arab revolutions!; Gay Day scheduled for Egypt's start of 2012; Saudi ladies should show less eye! And more...

November 19, 2011

Seif al Islam, the Heir Apparent to late father Muammar Gaddafi, is no longer at large in the Libyan political community.
14:15 GMT
The Last Gaddafi King of Libya is captured, wounded; World leaders kissing and making up for 'United' Colors of Benetton; How Lebanon is similar to Japan; Why Jordan should model itself on South Korea and Finland; And Miss Lebanon remarks make a scandalous stir on the Congo.

November 18, 2011

Brother disapproves sister's love match in another 'honor' killing, Jordan.
04:23 GMT
Jordanian 18 year-old brother decapitates sister when he doesn't like her choice in men; Here's looking at Kuwait the morning after the parliament palava; Angry Arab comment on Syria.

November 17, 2011

Kuwait dives into the Arab regional fray by storming parliament.
15:21 GMT
Kuwait acquires a hashtag and a raison d'aitre to join the revolution against corruption; Designer medicines in a pharmacy near you; The Syrian revolution finds its way into an Apple application; And Benetton gets 'unliked' to boost its marketing.

November 16, 2011

Aliaa el Mahdi, Egyptian revolutionary blogger, laid herself before the cameras in protest at long-standing sexual harassment of female activists.
16:19 GMT
Egyptian revolutionary politics gets steamy; Lebanon Beats South Korea in Football (updated); Lebanon Beats Own Record in Political Farce; Internet tips and tricks, and more.