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Jul.28.2008
As I write, the people of Jordan are celebrating the annual two- to three-week-long Jordan Festival, until this year known as the Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts.  It was founded in 1981 by the only queen the United States has ever produced, the under-appreciated Queen Noor Al Hussein, nee Lisa...
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Jul.26.2008
In my daily Googling, I came upon these two commentaries about Senator Barack Obama, his recent visit to the Middle East, and his supposed frontrunner candidate for Muslim liaison. This is not to bang on Senator Obama, but to highlight how difficult it is to find leaders who take human/women's...
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Jul.21.2008
In anticipation of Senator Barack Obama's visit to Jordan tomorrow, Kenneth Roth, the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, sent him a letter.  Although he omitted any mention of dishonor killings and the oppressive personal status laws, he does point out the U.S.'s complicitness in these human...
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Jul.19.2008
Many in the West don't realize it, but gays are too often the targets of dishonor crimes.  Sadly, this young man, Ahmet Yildiz, 26 years old, was shot to death in Istanbul, Turkey just five months after coming out to his family: http://www.redroom.com/galleryimage/ahmet-yildiz-26-turkey Since his...
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Jul.17.2008
Pépé Le Moko and The Battle of Algiers make such similar use of the fabled old Algiers neighborhood of The Casbah that there are a few exterior rooftop shots in both films that seemed to me to have been taken from almost the same place. Each of the films has a gritty black and white graininess that...
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Jul.09.2008
Well, admittedly, these castles are ancient and a bit run down, and some of them aren't really castles, but caravanserais, forts, hunting lodges, and pavilions.  But they are among the many archaeological and cultural treasures of Jordan and certainly worth a look: http://www.redroom.com/...
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Jul.05.2008
The headline in yesterday's Daily Mail reads, "Sharia law SHOULD be used in Britain, says UK's top judge."  I'm not making this up. . .have a look for yourself: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1031611/Sharia-law-SHOULD-used-Britain-says-UKs-judge.html#addComment The bewigged one...
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Jul.04.2008
Below is an account of the latest Jordanian dishonor killing.  It's been fairly widely reported in the print media so, in memory of my late friend Pammy, I'm choosing the version her former employer published.  It's short and not very sweet, but what strikes me about this one are, well, three...
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Jun.29.2008
In truth, we won't be swimming much, for the Dead Sea has such incredibly high salt content (30%) that it places the body too high in the water to stroke properly.  As a former lifeguard and a strong swimmer, I found it an odd sensation.  Is it even possible to drown in the Dead Sea?  I dunno. ...
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Jun.26.2008
As is probably the case with most writers, I get mail from my readers.  Fortunately, mine has been overwhelmingly favorable.  The only "hate" mail I've gotten has been from so-called upper class women in Jordan and activists in the region (there is overlap and cross fertilization between...