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Sep.03.2009
In some countries, women are killed for not being virgins.  In a May 2005 paper entitled, "The Economic Advancement of Women in Jordan:  A Country Gender Assessment," the World Bank reported that 95% of the women killed in Jordan in 1997 for alleged violations of family honor were later...
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Aug.22.2009
Just want to say a quick but heartfelt, "Ramadan kareem!" to my Muslim readers.  For those who may not be familiar with this pillar of Islam, my blog of last year offers a brief explanation.  It's the first day of Ramadan in Jordan and, since the holy month commences in accordance with...
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Jul.29.2009
The Associated Press is reporting that Jordan has established a special tribunal to speed up the trials for dishonor killings cases in the country.  That is all well and good, but I've never heard even a single person in Jordan--or any human rights activist, for that matter--whinge that the legal...
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Jul.21.2009
A Tale of Two Paradigms Knowing the world's largest special forces training center just opened in Jordan doesn't make me feel any safer.  Sometimes I really have to question how my taxpayer dollars are being used and why the mainstream media aren't doing a better job of laying it out for us. Amman...
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Jul.09.2009
One of the headlines in the July 10th issue of the Jordanian English-language daily newspaper is "No legal exemptions for 'honour crimes'."  Of course, news like that is going to get my attention.  There have been whispers that the Jordanian Parliament is reviewing the laws impacting the...
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Jul.02.2009
Today the BBC and other news outlets are reporting that Syria has amended its dishonor killing law.  President Bashar al-Assad, son of the Lion of Damascus, decreed that Article 548 of the Syrian penal code be abolished.  Article 548 effectively decriminalized dishonor killings by allowing a...
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May.24.2009
The opacity of oppressive regimes obscures truth and harsh realities.  But last month a video implicating Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan, brother of the President of the United Arab Emirates, in the torture of an Afghani grain dealer was smuggled out of the country by a Houston businessman. ...
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May.07.2009
Last week, while I was traveling and incommunicado, John Coyne and Lawrence (Lorenzo) F. Lihosit of Peace Corps Writers published a nice Q&A with me.  All thanks to fellow Red Roomer and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Michael Schmicker for playing the role of matchmaker. I served in the Peace...
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Apr.13.2009
To mark the two-year death anniversary of Du'a Khalil Aswad on April 7th (http://www.redroom.com/blog/ellen-r-sheeley/the-dishonor-killing-dua-khalil-aswad), I recently re-read Norma Khouri's Honor Lost:  Love and Death in Modern-Day Jordan (a.k.a. Forbidden Love in some countries).  I'd first read...
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Mar.22.2009
The seventh known Jordanian dishonor killing of the year occurred yesterday in Zarqa, a city perhaps best known as the birthplace of the late al Qaeda terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi.  Apparently, a 19-year-old woman--unnamed, as is always the case in Jordanian dishonor killings--was beaten by her...