Al Bawaba - Editor's Choice http://www.albawaba.com/rss/all en Introducing Hamas' latest leadership edition: 23-yr-old Isra Modallal http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/hamas-women-570206 <p>Hamas is having a hard time these days.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/editorchoice/hamas-women-570206" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/23_hamas_leader.jpg" alt="23-year-old Isra Al Modallal is the &quot;new face of the Hamas government&quot; (Courtesy of The Week UK)" title="23-year-old Isra Al Modallal is the &quot;new face of the Hamas government&quot; (Courtesy of The Week UK)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.yourmiddleeast.com" title="Your Middle East" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/1359.png" title="Your Middle East" border="0" /></a> Copyright © Your Middle East AB. All rights reserved. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/hamas-women-570206" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/hamas-women-570206#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:09:03 +0000 570206 at http://www.albawaba.com The Egyptian government is not amused: Bassem Youssef's show put on hold http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/bassem-youssef-egypt-570165 <p>Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef’s show, hosted on MBC Misr satellite channel, <a href="http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/99402/Egypt/Politics-/Bassem-Youssef%E2%80%99s-show-on-mandatory-break-to-%E2%80%98not-i.aspx" target="_blank">will not be broadcast until 30 May</a> so that “Egyptian voters’ orientation and public opinion won’t be influenced.”</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/editorchoice/bassem-youssef-egypt-570165" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/Bassem3.jpg" alt="Bassem Youssef is one of Egypt&#039;s most popular satirists. (AFP/File)" title="Bassem Youssef is one of Egypt&#039;s most popular satirists. (AFP/File)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://english.ahram.org.eg" title="Al-Ahram Gate" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/908.png" title="Al-Ahram Gate" border="0" /></a> © Copyright Al-Ahram Publishing House </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/bassem-youssef-egypt-570165" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/bassem-youssef-egypt-570165#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:19:58 +0000 570165 at http://www.albawaba.com British actor Orlando Bloom visits Syrian refugees in Jordan http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/british-actor-orlando-bloom-visits-syrian-refugees-in-jordan-570037 <p class="p1">UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom wrapped up a visit this week to Jordan, where he met with children from Syria and their families whose lives have been devastated by the conflict — now in its fourth year.</p> <p class="p2">“These children have witnessed more extreme violence than any child should,” said Bloom after a visit to the Zaatari Refugee Camp near the Syrian border, some 90km northeast of Amman.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/editorchoice/british-actor-orlando-bloom-visits-syrian-refugees-in-jordan-570037" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/10257524_10152338812732457_6257093668201076632_o_resize.jpg" alt="Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled across the border to Jordan due to the Syrian conflict. (photo courtesy: unicef.ca)" title="Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled across the border to Jordan due to the Syrian conflict. (photo courtesy: unicef.ca)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.jordantimes.com" title="The Jordan Times" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/62.png" title="The Jordan Times" border="0" /></a> © Copyright The Jordan Times. All rights reserved. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/british-actor-orlando-bloom-visits-syrian-refugees-in-jordan-570037" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/british-actor-orlando-bloom-visits-syrian-refugees-in-jordan-570037#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:00:00 +0000 570037 at http://www.albawaba.com Don't go in the water: British prime minister stung by jellyfish in Lanzarote after ignoring advice of locals http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/david-cameron-jellyfish-569897 <p><a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/jellyfish-stings-david-cameron-pm-hurt-after-ignoring-advice-of-locals-while-on-holiday-9269324.html" target="_blank">David Cameron is reportedly recovering today</a> after being stung by a jellyfish as he relaxed on a luxury holiday on the Spanish island of Lanzarote.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/editorchoice/david-cameron-jellyfish-569897" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/camerona_2393381b.jpg" alt="Mr Cameron was vacationing with his family when he was stung in the water (File/AFP)" title="Mr Cameron was vacationing with his family when he was stung in the water (File/AFP)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk" title="The Independent" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/1580.png" title="The Independent" border="0" /></a> Copyright © Independent Print Limited </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/david-cameron-jellyfish-569897" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/david-cameron-jellyfish-569897#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 569897 at http://www.albawaba.com I'm happy: Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell’s “Happy” hits over half a million views on YouTube, but is it haram? http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/british-muslims-happy-569872 <p><a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/video-of-british-muslims-dancing-to-pharrell-williamss-hit-happy-attacked-as-sinful-9268418.html" target="_blank">They are male and female, young and old, black, white and Asian</a>, with hijab and without, but they are all Muslims. And they are all happy.</p> <p>That's the message of a new video which shows dozens of British Muslims dancing their hearts out, laughing, singing and smiling along to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVDIXqILqSM" target="_blank">Pharrell Williams' hit single "Happy"</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/editorchoice/british-muslims-happy-569872" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/1622382_1432621813650241_963877709_o.png" alt="British Muslims dance to Pharrell Williams&#039; hit single &quot;Happy&quot; (Photo: Honesty Policy Facebook page)" title="British Muslims dance to Pharrell Williams&#039; hit single &quot;Happy&quot; (Photo: Honesty Policy Facebook page)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk" title="The Independent" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/1580.png" title="The Independent" border="0" /></a> Copyright © Independent Print Limited </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/british-muslims-happy-569872" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/british-muslims-happy-569872#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:06:45 +0000 569872 at http://www.albawaba.com Too much cleavage? Why did Egypt's government decide to ban Lebanese pop star Haifa Wehbi's new movie? http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/haifa-wehbi-569833 <p><a href="http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Apr-17/253661-egypt-blocks-bombshells-film-over-criticisms.ashx#axzz2y63dxNop" target="_blank">The Egyptian government abruptly pulled</a> from theaters a recently released movie starring Lebanese pop icon Haifa Wehbi, arguing that the movie should be reevaluated by the censorship board.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/editorchoice/haifa-wehbi-569833" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/999650_503345716453045_446500388_n.jpg" alt="The film represents the &quot;danger to the ethics of young children,&quot; according to the National Council for Children and Mothers (Image: Courtesy of Facebook)" title="The film represents the &quot;danger to the ethics of young children,&quot; according to the National Council for Children and Mothers (Image: Courtesy of Facebook)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.dailystar.com.lb/" title="The Daily Star" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/23.png" title="The Daily Star" border="0" /></a> Copyright © 2014, The Daily Star. All rights reserved. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/haifa-wehbi-569833" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/haifa-wehbi-569833#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 569833 at http://www.albawaba.com Saved with a slap: Iranian man pardoned from hanging by grieving mother http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/iran-execution-569752 <p>Seconds before an Iranian man was to be executed, <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2606696/Incredible-moment-Iranian-killer-spared-execution-victims-parents.html" target="_blank">he got the surprise of his life</a>, the Daily Mail reports.</p> <p>Balal, the man to be executed, was convicted of stabbing and killing 18-year-old Abdollah Hosseinzadeh seven years ago and was sentenced to death.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/editorchoice/iran-execution-569752" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/iran_execution.jpg" alt="Victim&#039;s families are allowed to take part in the execution ceremony in Iran. (Photo courtesy of Arash Khamooshi/Isna)" title="Victim&#039;s families are allowed to take part in the execution ceremony in Iran. (Photo courtesy of Arash Khamooshi/Isna)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.albawaba.com" title="Albawaba.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/176.png" title="Albawaba.com" border="0" /></a> © 2014 Al Bawaba (Albawaba.com) </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/iran-execution-569752" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/iran-execution-569752#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:22:55 +0000 569752 at http://www.albawaba.com Easter in the West Bank: Palestinian pilgrims flood to holy sites for Christian holiday http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/west-bank-easter-569724 <p>Hundreds of <a href="http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/pilgrims-honour-easter-passover/story-fn6e1m7z-1226320842887" target="_blank">Christians in the Gaza Strip</a> left the coastal territory on Thursday to celebrate Easter in the occupied West Bank and Israel.<a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2014/04/millions-palestinians-jerusalem.html" target="_blank">Palestinian officials said that Israeli authorities issued 600 permits to Christians to leave the besieged Gaza Strip</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/editorchoice/west-bank-easter-569724" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/easter_in_jerusalem_AFP.jpg" alt="Paying their respects: Christian worshippers carry a large wooden cross in the Good Friday procession in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)" title="Paying their respects: Christian worshippers carry a large wooden cross in the Good Friday procession in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.maannews.net/eng/" title="Ma'an News Agency" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/1505.png" title="Ma'an News Agency" border="0" /></a> All Rights Reserved © Ma'an News Agency 2005 - 2014 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/west-bank-easter-569724" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/west-bank-easter-569724#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:59:55 +0000 569724 at http://www.albawaba.com Brunei is about to legalize stoning gay people to death in shocking new Islamic law http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/brunei-homosexuality-569588 <p>Brunei is about to pass a penal code that would allow people to be <a href="http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/04/14/un-urges-brunei-to-delay-new-law-mandating-stoning-of-gay-people/" target="_blank">stoned to death for having gay sex.</a></p> <p>The penal code allows stoning for multiple offenses: rape, adultery, sodomy, extra-marital sex, gay sex, insulting the Quran or Hadith, blasphemy, declaring oneself a prophet or non-Muslim, and murder.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/editorchoice/brunei-homosexuality-569588" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/Brunei_Sultan-Hassanal-Bolkiah.jpg" alt="This is a part of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah&#039;s push towards a stricter interpretation of Shariah law. (AFP/File)" title="This is a part of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah&#039;s push towards a stricter interpretation of Shariah law. (AFP/File)" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.upi.com" title="UPI NewsTrack" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/358.png" title="UPI NewsTrack" border="0" /></a> Copyright © UPI, 2014. All Rights Reserved. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/brunei-homosexuality-569588" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/brunei-homosexuality-569588#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:49:18 +0000 569588 at http://www.albawaba.com Paws and claws: The battle between animal rights activists and a cruel animal shelter in Egypt http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/animal-rights-egypt-569536 <p><a href="http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/99200/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-animal-rights-activists-accuse-shelter-of.aspx" target="_blank">A group of animal rights activists in Egypt</a> have accused an unregistered shelter in Saqqara of letting dogs and cats starve and freeze to death as their owners scammed volunteers.</p> <p>Paws and Claws, not to be mistaken for a pet clinic in Maadi, is a villa in Saqqara that <a href="http://www.sparelives.org" target="_blank">activists say is conning volunteers</a> and robbing donations.</p> <div class="field field-type-imceimage field-field-headline-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/editorchoice/animal-rights-egypt-569536" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb imagecache-linked imagecache-article_headline_thumb_linked"><img src="http://albawabacdn.albawabamiddleea.netdna-cdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_headline_thumb/im/dog-cat.jpg" alt="Owners of the shelter have been accused of killing cats and dogs unlawfully (File/AFP" title="Owners of the shelter have been accused of killing cats and dogs unlawfully (File/AFP" class="imagecache imagecache-article_headline_thumb" width="147" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-computed field-field-attribution"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://weekly.ahram.org.eg" title="Al-Ahram Weekly" target="_blank"><img src="http://pub.syndigate.info/logos/small/914.png" title="Al-Ahram Weekly" border="0" /></a> © Copyright Al-Ahram Publishing House </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/animal-rights-egypt-569536" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/animal-rights-egypt-569536#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 569536 at http://www.albawaba.com