Blogs Roundup

August 13, 2011

Checking email when dead- not you but your loved ones or professional contacts who need information you would 'willingly' share.
14:19 GMT
Nowadays with a lot of our confidential security information locked into email accounts, people may need access once (God forbid) you are gone- unless you can log in from the heavens of course; What was with that Lebanon East Beirut explosion exactly; A girlfriend deals with her sexually abused boyfriend's dark past; Pedophilia in Hollywood; And more Beirut Spring tid-bits.

August 11, 2011

Blue Mosque, Turkey is the more popular name for Istanbul's Sultan Ahmed Mosque, due to the blue effect produced  by the stone.  Dubai now has its own Blue Mosque.
14:01 GMT
Ramadan delivers a mosque for Dubai; a glimpse at Stephen Hawking's universe devoid of faith, at this month of focusing on faith; the merits of the fruits salad; and what's in an iPhone 5, you may ask?
Britain's Turkish kebab shop owners chased rioters away with 'donor' knives and took community action to stave off ruin.
13:19 GMT
While London was burning, the Turks were fending their stores, and others', from ruin, and meanwhile many white Brits called for the army to quell the chaos through military force- but David Cameron was not Dictator enough; looking back at destruction of a bigger scale than fire can unleash- Hiroshima in pictures; and Jordan's King Abdullah is keeping his youth happy by talks.

August 10, 2011

Meet the parents: When a boyfriend brings you home to meet his parents- certainly in the Arab culture- it is not wise to show affection openly at this critical stage, much less when you are married!
12:28 GMT
The Do's and Don't's of meeting your boyfriend's Arab parents; A blogger commemorates own 10-year milestone of Ramadans fasted; Egyptians are old hands at protests- the Egyptian perspective on London riots; When you hold up Al Jazeera International against AJ Arabic; an Islamophobia plugs her latest anti-Islam offering; Surveying Ramadan through international images.
New parents who are still parented: how will this generation cope with parenthood?
10:59 GMT
In Lebanon, still living at home and eating Mom's cooking- what about when you become a parent? The digital community gets political with 'Mayor of the Internet'; Using sand to depict cultural heritage in Palestine; Pop tragedies of 2011; and recalling major events of 1981.

August 9, 2011

London demands the right to better upgrades on their phones and iPads.
20:21 GMT
While London rioters are trashing up their high streets, raiding phone and computer stores, the world remembers images of Egyptian protestors cleaning up after themselves! Tips for first-time divers; a tale of a salty Suhoor (or midnight snack); and finding Gays in Amman.
The Big Smoke: London's being looted and burnt.
09:51 GMT
The London Riots which made London's count as the Big Smoke, particularly last night, as people exclaimed: "London's Burning" and how they measure up to the Arab Spring; Back to musing on the Arab Uprisings; Somalia is still starving; and the Syrian regime is facing external Arab Opposition in the anti-Assad Arabian coalition.

August 8, 2011

Iraq-Iran War ended 23 years ago today: Iraq's Victory Day. Times have fallen since then.
14:10 GMT
The anniversary of Iran/ Iraq; On the counter revolution to keep the Muslim Brotherhood out of Egyptian power led internally by the man who Twitter mocked Islam; Syrian sources are far and few between but a soldier speaks out- whether he speaks truth or not; Traveling around the world in a minute; and Palestine is going back to basics.
Tracing the evolution of the internet - through Google- over time. This just from 2008 and already looking 'dated'.
08:49 GMT
World's first website celebrates its 20th birthday- 20 years today since the internet struck a 'revolutionary' chord in the Middle East; not losing sight of the bigger picture that is Palestine; What's the difference between a film and a movie? Mubarak was pro-Revolution Jan 25!

August 7, 2011

"Leave", say Israeli citizens in Hebrew and Arab- in recognition of the Arab revolutionary precedent that they follow.  Dubbed “Israeli Tahrir,” by some. Picture posted on YFrog from Twitter.
12:06 GMT
Israeli protests both claim to be more slick and professional than neighbors at Tahrir, but also do concede that the Palestine question needs to be addressed within these issue holistically; Whose Feminism is it anyway? The return of a food chain for 'hungry' Ramadan fasters, 'Clamping' down on VIP road users in the Gulf; and Mr. Bean's Back with more hair-raising escapades.
It is not considered likely that one of the democratic freedoms to come out of the Arab Spring would be female candidacy for
 the role of president or Arab leader.
09:21 GMT
Can women post Arab-Spring be presidents? We very much doubt it; Austria gives Syria a good hiding in economic terms; What the people really think of the Syrian regime; An 'Arab' excursion to Filistin with a difference- meeting Arabs in a Palestine setting; Ever heard of the game Connect 4? Well try Connect 5 in a blog game-frame.

August 6, 2011

A substantive segment of the male population in the Middle East will insist on marrying a virgin.
16:45 GMT
One blogger asks the question of males giving them particular scenarios of why the virginity was lost; Ramadan's top venues in Amman- What's hot, what's not? Gamers from Lebanon and Arabia can welcome in a new Cyber forum for gaming; A Palestine soap opera this Ramadan; And Muslim statistics on Shariaa penalties throw up surprises.

August 4, 2011

Garlic, this harmless looking plant bulb, can be social suicide.
15:49 GMT
Explanation of the root of the problem with garlic and straight-up solutions to alleviate the deadly smell; From Tahrir to Martyr: A picture story of Beirut's Martyr Square; An interview with an authority on Syria; Why Mubarak and Saddam's trials are not the same; Revving up the internet in Lebanon; And Ramadan rituals in Gaza.
Single White Females might have got a bad rap from the Hollywood film that focused on copycat and stalker behavior,;and
here in the Middle East, this contingent of society are a threat or at least not familiar territory.
13:40 GMT
If you're over 25, female and unmarried and in the Middle East, you're going to face a torrent of questions- so here's a taste; Car window tints are illegal, even in Arabia where the sun is scorching and conservative is understood; More classics from the advertising world of Lebanon; Harry Potter speaking Syrian:dialect: Is this a dubbing trick or a magic trick?

August 3, 2011

A man found 'smoked' to death in a locked air-tight room in his home in Dora, Beirut, with his Arguileh pipe.
13:55 GMT
Sad but true: a man was found in his bedroom in Beirut dead by Sheesha/ Arguileh/ Hookah, if you prefer; Angry Arab railing at the privileged Jewish faith compared to the suppressed, policed Islamic one; Raising millions, but still not feeding Somalia's starving young; Robert Fisk offers insights into the fate & fall-out of Mubarak on trial; and Dear Mr. President, with love Palestine.