The famous Dead Sea, a salt lake between Jordan to the east and the occupied West Bank and present-day Israel to the west, has been shrinking at the alarming rate of 1.5 meters a year for the past forty years. So why is the Dead Sea dying?
Malihe Razazan of "Voices of the Middle East and North ... Read More »
[The following report was published by Refugees International on 4 February 2014]
Beyond Emergency Assistance: Syrian Refugees in Jordan and Northern Iraq
In less than three years, the Syrian conflict has forced well over two million of that country’s citizens to take refuge in other states. Some 200,000 have fled ... Read More »
"والغابة الأَجمة ذاتُ الشجر الـمُتَكاثف، لأَنها تُغَيِّبُ ما فيها"
- لسان العرب
ملصق على شبّاك يطل على عمّان
صباح كل يوم، وفي نفس الموعد، يخرج ستينيّ ملتحٍ من منزله بملابس النوم يحمل كيس قمامة وحقيبة سوداء باتّجاه حاويات القمامة على زاوية منزل مهجور بحديقة كبيرة. ... Read More »
The recently concluded winter storm recovery efforts provided the Jordanian regime with a welcome respite from the array of issues that currently occupy center stage in public debates. These include—but are not limited to—the Syrian refugee crisis, parliamentary corruption, and proposed “political reforms.” ... Read More »
قليلنا كثير وكثيرنا ليس واحداً...
في انتظار الحرب كلّ شيءٍ آنيّ والضوء مسألة نظر. في الحرب تخلع الأشياء معناها وترتدي الانتظار. والانتظار غيبوبة تسرقك من الآن وتهبك للترقب فتحيا على أرجوحة الربما بين ماضٍ وغد. نحن اللاجئون نصبنا فوق حبال الأرجوحة خيمتنا ورحنا في الظل نراوح.
قبل أربع وستين سنة عشنا ما نكرّره اليوم ... Read More »
[Editor’s note: The following statements and pictures are part of ongoing research on the Syrian refugee population conducted by Rochelle Davis, Associate Professor at Georgetown University and a team of researchers. Click here to read an article published in the summer of 2013 by Rochelle Davis and Abbie Taylor ... Read More »
يفيض كتاب "حسن في كل مكان" عذوبة ورمزية يصف بها الفنان الراحل حسن حوراني (1974-2003) فلسطين ورحلته مع شخصياتها وكائناتها وأمكنتها كمسافر حالم لا يخاف الوحوش، وينام على ورق الورد أو في حضن مدينة القباب، ويركب جسراً معلقاً بين بيوت الزجاج، ويحرر النجوم، ويغلق عينيه وقت السفر، لأنه يرى كل ما يحب بالقلب. ... Read More »
النواب يصرون على عبارة "من أين لك هذا؟"
تمسك مجلس النواب بعبارة "من أين لك هذا" في اسم قانون "الكسب غير المشروع" المعاد من مجلس الأعيان مخالفين بذلك تعديلات الأعيان. وأصر مجلس النوابعلى شطب دائرة منع الكسب غير المشروع ووافقوا على قرارهم السابق الذي يقول “تنشأ لدى المجلس القضائي هيئة ... Read More »
The Dinner. Directed by Mais Darwazah. France/Palestine/UAE, 2012.
In Mais Darwazah’s film The Dinner (2012) a portrait of Amman is composed through the lives of its inhabitants: streets are bustling; stairways serve as meeting points; and doors lead to hidden worlds. As a life-long resident, Darwazah approaches her ... Read More »
["When I Saw You" is being screened at the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival this week. The next showing is Thursday 3 October 2013 at 8:30 PM at the Goethe Institute.]
Where do young Palestinians today look for real heroes—individuals who are brave and noble and inspire others to be brave and ... Read More »
Recent research shows that lighting in cities has become a salient public policy issue. I will argue here that this is also the case in numerous cities in the Arab world, using some original field observations and raising several research issues—namely the inequalities of service provision in urban areas, citizens’ ... Read More »
[The following is a recently published annoymous eye-witness account. It documents the experience of one self-identified Syrian individual as s/he attempted to enter Amman, Jordan via air travel, and what that person witnessed in terms of the treatment of other Syrians traveling through the Amman airport. The text has ... Read More »
The river has two banks—A Palestinian-Jordanian Art Intervention
The identities of Jordanians and Palestinians are intricately linked. Some liken the relationship to that of a majority towards a minority; others say it oscillates between oppression and companionship. Whatever the case, and despite the shared history, ... Read More »
ملايين الدنانير لمحاربة الفقر في الأردن تتبخر تاركة خلفها أطلال مشاريع على الورق. تحقيق استقصائي لـ عمّان نت وشبكة أريج يكشف عن هدر رسمي لملايين الدنانير من أموال المنح الاوروبية لمحاربة الفقر في الأغوار الشمالية Read More »
On 7 June 2013, the Boycott National Committee (BNC) convened the Fourth National Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Conference at Bethlehem University. Comprised of three panels and one set of concurrent workshops, the daylong event targeted local Palestinian communities. While the organizers ... Read More »
The Commission directs you to do what is required to block the websites listed in the attached document and prevent your subscribers from accessing them before the end of today, 2 June 2013. Note that the websites that don’t have a URL in the list, you will be provided with later.
What followed was a list ... Read More »
[The following report was issued by the University of California Davis Human Rights Initiative and the Institute for International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund.]
Uncounted and Unacknowledged: Syria's Refugee University Students and Academics in Jordan
The following is a brief preliminary report ... Read More »
Samak fawqa satah al-bahr [A Fish above Sea Level]. Directed by Hazim Bitar. Jordan, 2012.
Recently I had the opportunity to view the independent film Samak fawqa satah al-bahr (A Fish above Sea Level) at the University of Jordan. This is the first feature-length film by Hazim Bitar, who both wrote and directed it. ... Read More »
Analyses and debates on the reconfiguration of rights, democracy, social justice, and dignity in the Arab region suffer from a chronic methodological nationalism—which perpetuates the idea that people seek and fight for rights and self-determination solely in their national state and territory, seen as the natural ... Read More »
[The following statement was issued on 25 March 2013 by the Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council.]
Occupied Ramallah, 25 March 2013 - On Friday, 22 March, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (the Council) adopted a resolution, tabled by the State of Palestine, the Organisation of ... Read More »
This week, Jeffrey Goldberg published a now infamous interview with King Abdullah II of Jordan in The Atlantic. Its contents have reverberated all around the blogosphere, generating heated real-life debates. Even before the full interview was made public, the New York Times culled out the most egregious of quotes for ... Read More »
Curated by Ola El-Khalidi
17 January -- 2 March 2013
Through a small collection of objects, maps, letters, and photographs, Open Sesame leads viewers back in time to 2 August 1990— the morning Iraq invades Kuwait. The exhibit pieces together the miscellaneous ... Read More »