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The Kingdom Is Safe

Khairuldeen Al Makhzoomi | Posted 07.18.2016 | World
Khairuldeen Al Makhzoomi

Jordan must be highly vigilant in its fight against ISIS, especially if it wants to continue playing such a critical role within the coalition. Even though ISIS has not launched a thorough offensive against Jordan, the writing is already on the wall.

On The Beach In Aqaba

Austin Blake Mullins | Posted 07.01.2016 | Queer Voices
Austin Blake Mullins

I left Damascus in the morning, sharing a taxi with an Iraqi dentist who lived in Texas, a teenage boy from Daraa, and an old woman whose hands were permanently dyed indigo from years of clothes making.

5 Things I Learned From Syrian Refugees In Jordan

Michelle Abou-Raad | Posted 06.11.2016 | World
Michelle Abou-Raad

Urban refugees don't always make it onto the news, but they are suffering immensely. Over 650,000 Syrian refugees are living in Jordan and the majority lives in unfinished apartments and dilapidated buildings in the cities.

A Refugee Crisis on Jordan's Border

Rana F. Sweis | Posted 05.31.2016 | World
Rana F. Sweis

The war in Syria has forced more than five million people to flee from their homes. The vast majority of them are not in Europe. They are living in ne...

Conflict, Ethics and Arab Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.30.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Arab media aren't facing up to their responsibility of not fanning the flames of hate speech and sedition, and should exert more effort to mitigate conflicts they help provoke.

Jordan Backtracks On Decision To Ban Lebanese Rock Band Amid Outrage

The Huffington Post | Sara Elkamel | Posted 04.28.2016 | World

Jordanian officials have backtracked on a decision they made last week to ban popular Lebanese rock band Mashrou Leila from performing in Amman's Roma...

Jordan Does a Remarkably Good Job Dealing With Terrorism but Hardly Anyone's Noticed

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 04.06.2016 | World
Daoud Kuttab

AMMAN, Jordan -- Few people are looking seriously at the Jordanian model for how to deal with the threat of terrorism. They really should.

Eating My Way Through Amman

Memoirs of a Taste Bud | Posted 02.25.2016 | Travel
Memoirs of a Taste Bud

A recent self-curated food tour allowed me to see Amman, Jordan through a new lens. In hopes of rediscovering the county's charm, I veered off the beaten path and away from popular stakeouts like Hashem, Shawarma Reem, Habibah and Falafel Quds.

Israel's Diplomatic Overture to the UAE

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.12.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Israel's extended olive branch to the UAE occurs within a complicated geopolitical context, in which some traditional alliances are strained, several states are exploring new partnerships and various actors are seizing upon newly generated opportunities in the region.

Saudi Arabia's Anti-Terror 'Coalition' Is a House of Cards

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.28.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Given the conflicting interests and lack of military experience on the part of the coalition's members, there is ample reason to conclude that this alliance lacks substance.

The King of Jordan's Go-Kart Track

ADST | Posted 09.01.2015 | World
ADST

Prince Hussein bin Talal, who became King of Jordan following the assassination of his grandfather and the abdication of his father, was a risk-taker. He asserted Jordan's independence against British rule and repeatedly reached out to other nations to secure peace in the region.

Queens of Syria Extinguishes the Stereotypes Created by War

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 08.10.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

At the last Abu Dhabi Film Festival -- and I mean last in every way since the eighth edition of this beloved cinematic bridge across cultures turned out to be its swan song -- one film quietly grabbed my imagination.

Media Under Fire: Grim Arab World Case Studies

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.01.2016 | 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 06.08.2016 | 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 06.04.2016 | 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 05.30.2016 | 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 05.28.2016 | 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 05.23.2016 | 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 05.09.2016 | 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."