Jordanian Bedouin posing in one of Jordan's vast deserts by Laith Majali
With the occasion of Eid, a holiday celebrated bi-annually by over a billion Muslims, the Jordanian Blogosphere wishes everyone a happy and blessed Eid. Don't miss out pictures of Ma'mool, the holiday dessert, and a special Eid podcast by Ahmad Humeid.
Freedom of speech isn't having a very good week. Sabbah reports that the draft of Press and Publications Law is problematical and needs to be significantly reworked if the Kingdom is to deliver its stated goals of modernisation and democratisation. This event coincides with the detaining of Egyptian blogger Abdolkarim Nabil Seliman, and the sentencing of Libyan Abd al-Raziq al-Mansuri, an Internet journalist, to one-and-a-half years in prison after he published articles critical of the government.
On a more local front, Shaden of Sugar Cubes writes about the environmentalists protest against the pollution of Wadi Himara while Firas of IHeartAmman wonders “Why don't we have Greenpeace in Jordan?” Natasha Tynes of Mental Mayhem claims that she found the recent reports on drug-use by Jordanians disturbing, and Naseem Tarawneh of The Black Iris speculates, “Why is it that pessimism must surround everything in Jordan?“