The Lonely Planet is quite disappointing and not a useful source of information for Ramallah.
This week in Palestine is Palestine's version of TimeOut; a monthly publication that seems to have a good overview of what is happening not only in Ramallah, but all over Palestine. I found out there was even a monthly "Stammtish" gathering for German speakers at the restaurant up the road.
Bradt published a great guide to Palestine. The only drawback is that it does not include Palestinian villages remaining in Israel.
Palestinians love using Facebook - so much so that company websites are often neglected in favour of updating facebook pages.
Books about Palestine
April 22, 2013
When I first met my boyfriend I really started on a very low level of information about the conflict. Here are some books that I have read / am reading to get a better understanding of Palestine.
I've created a daily alert for the words "Palestine AND West Bank AND Ramallah". This gives me a good overview of what is happening, including news on art and culture and some feel-good stories. Google Alerts
Maan News for up-to-date info on what's going on in Palestine. The arabic version is more up to date but it is nevertheless a good source of info
March 15, 2013
I'm learning arabic at the Arab British Centre in London as well as using online resources. It is amazing how quickly you can make progress and apparently arabic is the most logical / mathematically coherent language there is so that's a bonus. I can almost read the entire alphabet, which I never thought possible. These are the resources I use to learn arabic: