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Media Under Fire: Grim Arab World Case Studies

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.01.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Arab media face major hardships with journalists on the receiving end of gross violations at the hands of authorities, armed groups, militias and others.

What Does The Future Hold For The Women of Jordan?

Zeena Saifi | Posted 06.08.2015 | Women
Zeena Saifi

Despite the obvious imbalance that Jordanian society has reached, a majority of women have come to accept the notion of a male-dominated society. Why have the women of the developing world been equal in responsibilities and burdens, but unequal in entitlements and rights?

Ensuring Arab Youth Have a Stake in the Future: A Call to Action

Bill Reese | Posted 06.04.2015 | Impact
Bill Reese

The fact is these unacceptably high rates of unemployment among Arab youth are due to many complex factors, including years of adverse economic conditions, misguided educational initiatives and outdated systems.

Jordan's Media at 'Dead End,' Laws Restrictive: Study

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.31.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Jordan's media are at a dead end and its laws are hampering journalists from working in an open environment, a report on freedom in that country revealed. One glaring issue from the "Dead End" statistics comparing results for 2013 and 2014 was that self-censorship had increased.

At the Dead Sea, Jordan's message was 'staying alive'

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.28.2015 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Jordanians are not known to be the most cheerful among Arabs; in fact, their reputation is that they constantly frown and rarely smile.

Media Ethics: Whose Standards?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.28.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Broadcast media are under intense pressure, given tight deadlines, security threats, competition and shrinking budgets. The key challenges are: How do we define media ethics and who sets the standards when the journalism of terror is becoming the new normal?

Broadcast Meet Tackles Terrorism, Policies, Challenges

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.01.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

A conference aimed at mitigating hate speech, radicalism, and violence that plague Arab broadcast media took the bull by the horns this week amid heated debate on freedom and government controls.

8 Reasons Why You Should Travel to Jordan Now

Viator | Posted 05.16.2015 | Travel
Viator

Jordan is a destination that is sometimes misunderstood. The land of lost cities and epic adventures like Lawrence of Arabia, it's a place that should be much more popular than it is.

7iber's Virtual Ink Runs Again

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.05.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

7iber.com (Hiber, Arabic for ink) is running again after bowing to Jordan's licensing requirement and being blocked four times, but it hasn't veered from a mission to produce good, professional, and critical content.

Is Jordan Facilitating ISIS' Grand Strategy?

Alastair Crooke | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- ISIS' horrific immolation of a caged Lt. Muath Al-Kaseasbeh, the Jordanian pilot, will have been done in full understanding of the emotional impact of the manner of his death on Jordanians and in the West: This was very deliberate -- not some spur-of-the-moment act of barbarism. It is important to understand what lies behind and beyond the event itself.

Nima Habashneh: A Woman Who Fought for Equal Rights in Jordan

Rana F. Sweis | Posted 04.12.2015 | Impact
Rana F. Sweis

"It's easier to fight cancer than to fight an archaic mindset." Those were Nima Habashneh's last words on camera before she passed away this week. The 55-year-old Jordanian spent her last decade fighting for the rights of Jordanian women to pass on their citizenship to their spouses and children.

A Field Guide to Jordan's Battle Against ISIS

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Jordan's boundless generosity has provided a safe haven for the human tide of refugees that have been thrust upon it from war-ravaged Syria and Iraq.

J-Schools Must Include Safety Courses in Curricula

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.04.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Both IFJ and UNESCO have been quite active in promoting the topic and have published guidebooks on how journalists can protect themselves in various scenarios that spell trouble. It's the belief that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

Why We Need the Islamic Call to Prayer at American Universities

Jordan Denari | Posted 03.28.2015 | Religion
Jordan Denari

The adhan can help us recall what gives our lives meaning, and can help us cultivate an attitude of gratefulness. It can help us look up from the cellphone in our hand and notice the blue sky, the purple shadows stretching across the snow or the smiles of those we pass by.

Images and Media Ethics: How Much, How Far?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.03.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

What is it about pictures that prompts journalists, activists, and social media users to take liberties with people's privacy, lives and destinies, and be sloppy in what they publish?

Ticking Time Bomb: Jordan's Islamists and the Rise of ISIS in the Hashemite Kingdom

Mathew Markman | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Mathew Markman

A beacon of stability in the Middle East, the Hashemite Kingdom is perpetually challenged by the need to moderate between the monarchy's pro-Western orientation and the Islamist tendencies of the country's population.

Startup Weekend Amman: Seeding Leaders in Jordan

Startup Weekend | Posted 04.21.2014 | Impact
Startup Weekend

By Ross Buchanan *Research and additional reporting contributed by Lauren Sauser.  Amman, Jordan is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities ...

Discovering Jordan

Clint Johnston | Posted 03.26.2014 | Travel
Clint Johnston

Jordan may be a small country but it is jam-packed with amazing sites.

Musicians and Others Bullied Due to Intolerance

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.04.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

What happened on the last days of 2013 at the Al Hussein Cultural Centre was not new. In many cases artists and public figures complained that the centre, which belongs to the Greater Amman Municipality, has become a place for bullying and political partisanship.

You'll Really Want To Visit Jordan After Reading This

AP | AMIR BIBAWY | Posted 02.17.2014 | Travel

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — If you are keen on getting your Middle Eastern fix of ancient sites, sun, mint tea, and falafel, the Arab Spring may have chall...

Live From the Dubai International Film Festival: Monday, Dec. 9

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.08.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

How bad can a film-festival day be when you see four movies - and only one of them is terrible? And the best one is the last one of the day? That ...

Will Jordanians seriously consider decentralisation?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The never-ending search for an appropriate democratic model in Jordan continues without any result. Popular protests sped up the debate while the cur...

Why Bashar Has the Upper Hand?

Claude Salhani | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Claude Salhani

One would assume that Syrian President Bashar Assad would be worried. Well he doesn't seem to be too worried. Why? Why should he? It is the United States and its allies that need to worry. And let me tell you why.

Jon Stewart Hanging Out With Locals In Jordan

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 09.04.2013 | Comedy

It's not often that Jordanians have an American celebrity in their own backyard. So when Jon Stewart announced that he was to spend the summer in Amma...

Can Bosra Still Beckon History Buffs to Syria?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Looking through stacks of old pictures today, I came across a set I shot in Bosra, Syria, 23 years ago showing stately, if worn, internationally recog...