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 »
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Some of the most enduring memories of fieldwork in al-Wihdat refugee camp are the several evenings I spent watching football matches in the company of my friends.
Al-Wihdat is a Palestinian refugee camp established in 1955 on the outskirts of Amman, the capital of Jordan. The camp today is fully incorporated ... Read More »
On 23 January 2013, elections were held for the seventeenth parliament of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. During the past several months, the monarchy and its allies hailed the 2013 parliamentary elections in Jordan as both the symbol and litmus test of the regime's commitment to "reform" in the country. ... Read More »
[Anis F. Kassim is an international law expert and practicing lawyer in Jordan. He was a member of the Palestinian legal defense team before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the 2004 landmark case on Israel’s separation wall, and that led to the ICJ’s Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the ... Read More »
This week, Amman-based activist and writer Hisham Bustani updates VOMENA on the first Jordanian parliamentary elections since the Arab uprisings, and what they mean for the country.
More than thirty journalists were killed in Syria in 2012 alone. Istanbul-based freelance journalist Justin Vela talks about the ... Read More »
[The following report was issued by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems on 16 January 2013. While polls have closed at the end 23 January for the 2013 Jordanian parliamentary elections, the document offers details on the policies and procedures guiding the electoral system. It should be noted, though, ... Read More »
To write this commentary, I draw on my knowledge as historian of twentieth-century Palestinian painting as well as my own experiences with some of these artists when I co-curated Al Jisser Group’s exhibition in New York, “Williamsburg Bridges Palestine.” Additionally, I have a little experience visiting ... Read More »
On 2 September 2012, Professor Rula Quawas was removed from her position as the Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages at the University of Jordan under nebulous circumstances. In a letter addressed to the president of the university, the president of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Professor ... Read More »