From the Jordanian Blogosphere

Photography taken in the National Music Conservatory in Amman, Jordan.

“Girl Playing the Flute” by Sabri Hakim

This week marked two celebrations- Jordan's Al-Faisali brought home the first-ever Asian trophy in the history of Jordanian football, and Jordan's first English daily, The Jordan Times, turned 30.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Humeid has a very interesting post about the road Amman's taking to becoming a real city, and he writes about Bill Gates first visit to Jordan. Khalaf dissects the Islamic Action Front's new document outlining their view of reform in Jordan.

Hareega has a quite nostalgic post paying tribute to Amman in winter, Roba Assi of And Far Away is frustrated with a poster spotted at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia by Farooha, and has some pictures of the “entrancing overdramatic use of color in almost every single aspect of display in downtown Amman”.  Natasha Tynes says that she is pleased with the fact that the Jordanian Mamnou channel chose to take new controversial show al-Shatat off the air.

Move over to Sabbah's Blog to read his interview on Spanish media. He also urges everyone to protest against the Nobel Prize for Aumann and Thomas Schelling.

The Jordanian Blogosphere on breaking cultural borders:
Ryan of “Journeys in Jordan” remarks that “it is interesting how people come to learn lessons” and talks about her experience in trying to understand a different culture. Natasha Tynes reports about “Bridge For Peace”, which featured Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian DJs  drawing over 800 people to Jerusalem's dance club Haoman 17, then she says that she believes that “these initiatives should be highlighted in the local and the international press as it shows that in spite of the bloody mayhem taking place in our region we can still co-exist peacefully and even create music.” Lina Ejeilat reports that the Jordanian band RUM will be performing in Tunisia and Syria this week, and urges everyone anywhere close to “NOT MISS IT! Their music is amazing – passionate, authentic, vibrant… and different!”

Rami Abdulrahman meanwhile reports about an Iftar they organized in Sweden, “We sent our class mates an invitation yesterday to fast today and prepare for a night to remember, surprisingly, the number of fasting non-Muslims was far greater than I expected!”
Eman of Aquacool writes about Jordan TV's efforts in its national campaign to relief victims of the Pakistan Earthquake, “For a -relatively- small community like Jordan, I believe the results of this campaign are a big success!”, and points out that Jordan will have an open day for Churches to gather donations for our Pakistani brothers.

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