Stories about Jordan from March, 2009
Jordan: Blogger Exposes a State Secret
Jordanian blogger Rami Abdelrahman has blogged about a closely guarded secret about his government's involvement in the war on Afghanistan - and is getting unwelcome attention from the intelligence service.
Jordan: Amman joins Earth Hour
Amman, Jordan, will turn off its lights for one hour on Saturday as part of Earth Hour, a worldwide initiative which urges people to turn off their lights for an hour on the 28th of every month, reports The Black Iris.
Jordan: Psychological Problems
A million Jordanians suffer from psychological problems. Osamaa Al Romh discusses the phenomena in this post [Ar].
Jordan: 19-year-old woman killed by father and brothers
Kinzi reacts to news that a 19-year-old girl was killed in Jordan by her father and brothers for wearing make up and talking to men saying: “Better ban Maybelline from Zarqa, it gets girls in trouble. As does talking to strange men, of course.”
Jordan: Call to end Honour Killings
Jordanian Qwaider calls for an off and online campaign against the so called honour killings, in which women are killed by relatives for having relations with men. “Every year, over 20 women lose their lives on suspicion of infidelity in Jordan alone,” he notes.
Jordan: Photographs from Damascus
Jordanian Ali Dahmash is back from Damascus, Syria, and shares photographs he has taken there in this post.
Jordan: Online Petition in Support of Journalist
Hamede [Ar], from Jordan, urges his readers to sign an online petition in support of Jordanian journalist Khalid Mahadeen, who is being sued by Parliament members, whom he had earlier criticised for calling for higher wages in a country being impacted by the world economic crisis.
Jordan: Billionaires Drop
From Jordan, Jazarah reports: “the total number of billionaires around the world dropped from 1,125 in 2008 to 793, that’s like 30% drop, I wonder how it’s going to look like next year.”
Jordan: Day Against Cyber Censorship
Jordanian Naseem Tarawnah marks the World Day Against Cyber Censorship, which fell on March 12, with this post.
Jordan: New Facebook Design
Roba Al Assi, from Jordan, comments on the new Facebook designs saying: “By now, we are all aware of the fact that Facebook changes their design as often as the Paris Hilton changes outfits.”
Jordan: Bloggers Come Together in Celebration
Jordanian bloggers came together to mark the second Blog About Jordan Day on March 12, an initiative started in 2008 by Qwaider. Jordanian and expat bloggers wrote about Jordan's perks and advantages, about its problems and future, and some were inspired to reflect on their personal attachment to the country.
Jordan: Blog About Jordan Day Approaches
Blog About Jordan Day, an initiative started in 2008 by blogger Qwaider, has begun. The day designated for all bloggers, Jordanian or not, to write about Jordan in any shape or form, is marked on March 12th of every year.
Jordan: “I've been Twittered”
From Jordan, Kinzi joins Twitter. “I've been Twittered,” she announces on her blog.
Jordan: Is the Government paying off Journalists?
Does the Jordanian government pay off journalists. Check out The Black Iris for more details.
Jordan's “shameful reaction”
Jordanian Naseem Tarawnah is incensed with his countries “shameful reaction” towards Israel's plans to demolish 180 homes in East Jerusalem and evict 1,500 Palestinians. “[T]he reaction from the Jordanian state has been, as usual, quite horrendous, offering no more than a “denunciation” of Israel’s actions. Even the masses aren’t allowed...
Jordan: Demo For Arab Technology Innovators
Jordanian Mohammad Azraq attends the launch of Arab Crunch Demo, a blog which aims to promote Arab technology start-ups, and shares his findings in this post.
Jordan: Adopting a Palestinian Child
Jordanian blogger Ali Dahmash has ‘adopted’ a Palestinian child who lost his father in the recent war on Gaza. Read more about why he did that in this post.
Arab World: Birthday Food for Thought
Several bloggers from across the Arab World are marking their birthdays online with philosophical posts, describing their lives, hopes, accomplishments and dreams. Here's a selection of posts.
Jordan: Photo of the Moment
Jordanian blogger Naseem Tarawnah posts a Reuters photograph showing a Palestinian man sitting near the Jaffa Gata in Jerusalem's Old City and notes: “If this picture doesn’t personify the Palestinian experience, I don’t know what does.”