Blogs Roundup

February 20, 2012

The sands of time may rip at this flag, but the resolve of the Libyan people remains.
13:34 GMT
With one of the most bizarre dictators, Libya can celebrate its freedom one year on from the revolution; Morocco's main telecom provider blocks Skype; Egypt's NGO controversy- Has the U.S. gone too far? ; More of that Middle Eastern "flowery behavior".
The Syrian flag hangs hight, but is still surrounded by unrest- on- and offline.
09:06 GMT
Syria's ordeals is going on beyond its ravaged streets and hidden shelters. These battles are extended to the intangible online world. From arrested bloggers to pro-regime trolls, these bloggers lament, contemplate and discuss all things Syria.

February 19, 2012

Even FBI agents do a "whoopsie". Luckily, Obama made it safe and sound to the G20 Summit in France.
14:03 GMT
A Lebanese man working in a French cafe managed to save Obama's France visit security dossier from getting into the wrong hands; Arming the Syrian Free Army- yay or nay? ; Playing the dumb foreigner won't get you out of domestic abuse charges- who knew! ; Books- a love story; Are smart women just settling?
A special 'massage' device in 1960's Lebanon uncovered- shown for illustrative purposes.
09:59 GMT
A rare find on the streets of Lebanon gives good vibrations; The new child custody laws of Jordan; Is Islamic hegemony overwhelming Egypt's non-Muslim community? ; The awkward moment when Microsoft's new logo is made on a Mac- one blogger discovers; Kuwait shows its love of vintage cars.

February 18, 2012

Razan Ghazzawi was arrested at work, according to her sister Nadine. (Image source: "")
06:30 GMT
As the Syrian regime clutches at straws, iconic Syrian blogger Razan Ghazzawi is arrested again; Revered and beloved journalist Anthony Shadid passed away in Syria; The Lebanese Civil War is over and the electricity still isn't back; Fashion Recessionista Arab-style.

February 16, 2012

Hosni Mubarak on a gurney, Suzanne Mubarak possibly under house arrest- these two have probably seen better Valentine's Days.
14:54 GMT
Egyptian Valentine's Day jokes from the heart of the revolution; Israelis make inappropriate comments about Palestinian children deaths on Facebook; Saudi humor T-shirts, ranging from cool to laugh out loud funny; Beirut's night time activities revealed; Friendship- that everlasting love.
Khader Adnan was not the first and will not be the last to be imprisoned for reasons unknown- shown for illustrative purposes.
09:58 GMT
Self-sacrifice is nothing new to the Holy Land. Palestinian Prisoner, Khader Adnan, is on Day 61- and counting- of his hunger strike, wasting away for unjust imprisonment; Syrian smartphones can't outsmart censoring software; The CIA Country Infiltration Guide- unofficially.

February 15, 2012

This isn't the first time that Google has found itself in a less than savory position in the complex world of international relations.
14:29 GMT
Adding to its banning wish list, Iran has blocked more of Google's products, including YouTube and Gmail; Caricatures via banners should be the next big thing; Breakfast dessert could help you lose weight, studies say; Lost your passport in Jordan? Here's a how-to-guide on dealing with this monumentally irritating situation.
Passion. Strife. Separation. Tragedy. Just another day in Middle Eastern Romantic folklore. (Image source: "")
11:48 GMT
Shakespeare isn't the only one to master romantic tragedy. It has been the bread and olive oil of Arab folklore for centuries; What you didn't know about female genital mutilation; The Lebanese are ranked #6 on the list of most romantic around the world; Feb 14 or Hariri Day? ; Palestine Press Photos from across history.

February 14, 2012

One year on: Bahrain is still the least fiery of the revolutions.
14:37 GMT
It is one year today since the 'Bahraini' Spring. Activists and citizens alike wonder, will this undercooked revolution reach full ignition? ; Playing the Valentine's Day blame game: Blame it on yourself, not religion; Battered, but unshaken: The Syrian resistance keeps powering through; Interview with an Egyptian Presidential Candidate.
Even Israeli apartheid will not put a damper on Valentine's Day in Palestine.
10:30 GMT
Israeli apartheid may stand in the way of love geographically, but not in spirit; Lebanese February 14th memes; Palestinian refugees are not getting any more love from UNRWA this year; Demonstrations Jordanian-style; Kuwait implements public smoking ban- maybe.

February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day or Single Awareness Day? Depends on what side of the crumpled wrapping paper you're looking at.
13:58 GMT
Your guide to surviving the glare and stigma of Single Awareness Day, the one day of the year dedicated to making singles feel worthless; One woman's experience marrying a closeted gay man; Your guide to writing about Salfis; 10 Photos that represent the Arab Spring.
There is no lack of wondrous bookshops, as can be seen in this bookstore in China.
10:29 GMT
Do you love bookshops? Yes? Then you're going to love these 20 stunning bookshops from around the globe; 'Cinderella' may never have demanded her rights, but that doesn't mean every woman shouldn't; Happy Darwin Day! ; The dilemma of corruption in Palestine.

February 12, 2012

Whitney Houston as some of us will remember her. She passed away at the age of 48.
14:56 GMT
Greatly popular in the Middle East, Whitney Houston has passed away at the age of 48 in the infamous Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles; Asma Al Assad's fake official website gets "hacked"; More on the Syrian debate; A Mexican experiences the oddity that is Beirut; Innovation in design: amazingly cool shelves made out of pipes!
In spite of Mubarak's ousting and Baradei's withdrawal, are there viable alternatives for the presidential candidacy?
08:53 GMT
Mohamed El Baradei's refuters claim he was not up to the responsibility in the first place; 700 Palestinian prisoners start a hunger strike; What if western media was from the point of view of Iran? American comedy website The Onion explores; Make your own Valentine's Day- themed frame.