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  • Jun 16th, 2011 - 16:15 GMT

    The 'Gay Girl in Damascus' it turns out was neither in Damascus nor gay or female, for that matter. This story has had the media world in a bit of a frenzy in the last fortnight. It is the story of an American man in the UK studying for his masters in Middle East studies who, while distracting himself from his thesis, distracted the whole internet and news worlds with him. But while detracting us from real news on the Syrian ground, this blog fantasist also threw into relief some long-coming issues on credibility, trust and changing nature of journalism. Follow the story in pictures of so-called Amina Abdallah Araf Omari as it unfolded.
  • Jun 13th, 2011 - 08:54 GMT

    While the Arab world has been subverting the system and making some noise, Palestinians have been subdued, by and large, as the spotlight abandoned them. At the same time as unrest rages in the wider Arab world, Israel steals the opportunity to pursue its Jerusalem dream.
  • Jun 7th, 2011 - 14:48 GMT

    As Mubarak’s trial date for August 3rd is announced, we consider whether he has ‘anything’ on his side. The positive case for Mubarak, we hereby bring you points in Mubarak's favour. The redemption:
  • Jun 4th, 2011 - 20:28 GMT

    Shakira seduced by Arab Spring, goes back to Arab roots to sing: Shakira seeks to celebrate her 'Lebo-Syrian' roots - recently feeling inspired while performing in Morocco after her tour through the Emirates and Lebanon, Shakira expressed her keen desire to fast-track her Arabic learning in order to sing some Arabic singles, if not albums.
  • Jun 1st, 2011 - 10:05 GMT

    Given a tradition of tight relations betwee the military and the state (now the people), Egypt could be forgiven for expecting a blossoming bond to prevail after Mubarak's ouster February 11, 2001. But signs of an abusive relationship between people and army suggest that this romance might be dead, as a political stand-off ensues.
  • May 29th, 2011 - 14:57 GMT

    Many of us can admit to having aunts, mothers, and sisters, who occasionally indulged in some Oprah time, and spent evenings with her Oprah Winfrey Show. However she leaves some with mixed feelings and the distinct impression that regarding the "Women around the World Series" said to have aired for our benefit, on an otherwise customised show for American audiences, the show was poorly researched.
  • May 24th, 2011 - 23:28 GMT

    Syrian household soap and film favorite heroes, who tackle social problems on the big screen, are letting the people down in the real world. They are rallying around the Assad regime instead of standing up for their people and fans in revolution.
  • May 22nd, 2011 - 10:25 GMT

    The life journey of Egypt's First Lady, who once caught the public attention for her promising poise and ambition, by now more infamous for corruption and narrowly avoiding jail. Today she admits that certain assets that appeared to belong to her were public property, including charitable funds in her bank accounts, as she side-steps jail by giving back to Egypt what's rightfully Egypt's.
  • May 18th, 2011 - 14:53 GMT

    Word on the Arab street, when not debating the latest on the Arab revolutions, and the state of catastrophe in Yemen or Libya or Syria, has turned to the new bid to expand the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Scrutiny lies with the two potential new candidates for entry into this Gulf state league, namely Jordan and Morocco. The twitter-sphere is buzzing (or tweeting) with humorous remarks, as well as more grave concerns around the implications of such a shift, for both sides of the equation: the new members and the former block.
  • May 16th, 2011 - 14:34 GMT

    An attempted rescue operation May 15, 2001 saw Palestinians from all neighbouring borders attempting to 'liberate Palestine' through the weapon of peaceful protest. The Nakba day incidents on Israel's borders showed that the Palestinians have finally entered the fray of the Arab revolutinary Spring. This was a 6 pronged challenge to Israel from multiple borders - Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, West Bank and Gaza.