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From the Jordanian Blogosphere

Categories: Popular Post, One month, First Post!, Two Posts, Three months, Middle East & North Africa, Jordan

This week marks the first week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a month that evoked varied feelings among the Jordanian blogosphere, a good sign that it is indeed a melting pot of mentalities. Hala of CafeLulu says that Ramadan to her is a month where people “come closer together as people [1], regardless of your religious background.” Eman of Aquacool wishes everyone a blessed Ramadan but says she wishes that one day the “Muslim world will unite and start fasting all together on the same day as it’s supposed to be [2]“.  Mozzy, meanwhile, writes a post on why he dislikes Ramadan [3], which results in a very interesting thread of comments. Ramadan Mubarak!

The Jordanian blogosphere is also exasperated [4] with a second round [5] of internet censorship [6] in Saudi Arabia that blocked file-sharing network Flickr and blogging service provider Blogger. Camels are also making an appearance- Natasha Tynes has an article on camel jockeys [7] and Iyas of Jameed is in disbelief over a story of bestiality. [8]

Dealing with more local affairs, Lina of Into the Wind says that “I always enjoy reading blogs of expats in Jordan” [9], and Khalaf has a post on the reason behind the latest earthquake rumor [10] while Haitham Sabbah says, “Minor earthquake, and major oil price increase” [11] .  Naseem Tarawneh talks about Jordanian electoral system history [12], present and future, and Issam Smeir suggests that Jordan adopts the American political system [13] and “to establish only two big parties, the Jordanian Democratic and Republican parties”. Firas of IHeartAmman has a very interesting post on the government's respone to a nuclear reactor in Israel [14].

Roba Assi has some pictures [15] from the last Jordanian blogger meet-up.


Amman by Sabri Hakim [16]

On the creative scene, Tololy is playing a little game on her blog- email her any word or phrase and she will get creativ [17]e with them- the first phrase being “pixie dust”. [18] Ahmad Humeid has a wonderful article surveying the future music landscape [19], and Ibrahim Owais is starting a string of posts dedicated to Middle Eastern ads [20] as he thinks they are underrepresented online. Amin Matalqa tries to answer a question a lot of Arabs are often asking themselves- “Why are most Arabic films bad?” [21] ,Yazan Malakha has a very creative post on blogging [22], and Jad Madi has created a Joite [23], a website aggregating Flickr feeds tagged with Jordan, Amman, Petra, Jerash, etc.

Haitham Sabbah of Sabbah's Blog published his interview about blogging in the Arab world [24] with Italian press.