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Stories about Jordan

8 September 2018

Jordanian health survey sparks online debate about family planning

Jordanians engage in online debates over results of a survey concerning maternal and child care.

8 June 2018

Jordanians are finding common cause in protests against the government's economic policies

“We’ve had no time to sleep except for two or three hours a day...this is the only way we can do the country no harm and still practise our rights."

24 May 2018

Eight decades later, prejudice between Jordanians and Palestinians persist

While the time living together surely dawns a sense of peace among the two peoples, complete harmony is still not present in certain aspects of life.

11 March 2018

For Jordanian Women, a Year of Hard-Won Progress and Continuing Challenges

Despite a successful campaign to repeal a legal loophole allowing rapists to marry their victims, there is plenty left to do in the struggle to achieve gender equality in Jordan.

9 February 2018

‘The Educational System Has Failed Us': The Grief and Frustration of Jordan's Unemployed University Graduates

"I thought that once I graduated I would be able to...make a better living," one graduate said "I now make the same amount as I did as a student."

3 January 2018

Amman's Yellow Taxis Compete for Passengers After the Arrival of Uber and Careem

For Yellow taxi drivers, the struggle for passengers is a real. Once Jordan's only private transportation option, they are totally overwhelmed by new competition.

17 November 2017

Jordanian Cartoonist Goes to Trial For Drawing Jesus

Advox

The cartoon commented on the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, which sold church property to Israeli settler groups to pay off church debt.

12 November 2017

As the MENA Region Heats Up, UN Climate Change Talks are Under Pressure

"The Arab region is currently suffering from drought, which is only the beginning of the consequences of climate change. Discussions should take into account the communities most affected."

6 October 2017

Netizen Report: LGBT People Face Online Censorship and Threats in Egypt, Jordan

Advox

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

8 August 2017

Jordanian Rapper Emsallam Hdaib Talks About LGBTQ+ Rights, Freedom of Expression, and Resistance

“Sometimes it feels like Jordan is an open air prison especially when you think of visiting the nearest countries to it.”

14 July 2017

For Syrian Refugees Living in Jordan, Journalism Offers Hope and Opportunity to Rebuild Their Homeland

For Syrian refugees in Jordan, Syrians Between Us provides the skills they need to tell their own stories.

6 May 2017

Jordan's Magic Sorcerers Continue to Be Sought After

"Looking at what we might call magic today or throughout Muslim traditions, in many cases it seems to expand the possibilities of what is thinkably 'Islamic'."

16 March 2017

UAE Court Sentences Jordanian Journalist Tayseer al-Najjar to Prison

Advox

UAE authorities took issue with a Facebook post that Tayseer al-Najjar published before he had even moved to the country.

8 February 2017

Protesters Say Jordanian Law Encourages ‘Honour Killings’ and Must Be Changed

"There are women that are being killed without doing anything wrong, and people are using this law to justify the killing these women."

3 February 2017

After Waiting More Than a Year, Jordanian Journalist Appears Before UAE Court

Advox

Journalist Tayseer Al-Najjar is on trial in the UAE over 2014 Facebook posts deemed offensive to the Emirati state.

29 January 2017

For Jordan's LGBT Community, the Law Books and Reality Send Different Messages

The Bridge

Same-sex relations were decriminalized in Jordan in 1951, but nearly 70 years later the country's LGBT citizens remain the targets of discrimination and mistreatment, with little protection from the law.

28 September 2016

Jordanian Government Ignores Public Backlash, Signs Gas Deal With Israel

Despite significant opposition, Jordan signs controversial gas deal with Israel. Protests planned for this Friday could determine the agreement's future.

26 September 2016

Jordanian Authorities Impose Media Gag After Writer's Killing

Advox

Jordanian authorities have banned media coverage of the assassination of Nahed Hattar, a writer who was shot dead on September 25 by a gunman in the capital Amman.

24 August 2016

Ahmad Abughaush, Jordanian Gold Medalist, and the Erasure of Palestinian Identity

The Bridge

To those who know the history of Palestine, Ahmad Abughaush's surname speaks volumes. Yet this information was absent from news reports on his gold medal triumph at the 2016 Olympics.

11 December 2015

Syria's Most Vulnerable Live a Hard Life in Jordan's Refugee Camps

The Bridge

Yemeni blogger Noon Arabia visits a few of the camps where some of Jordan's 650,000 Syrian refugees are living under difficult circumstances.

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