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Reclaiming Honor in Jordan | Reclaiming Honor in Jordan

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Sep.29.2009
I tuned into the evening news tonight, only to learn that earlier today there was an 8.0 to 8.3 earthquake in Samoa lasting several minutes, followed by a tsunami.  Apparently, there have been deaths, but, as I write, the numbers are unknown.  One account I read said there was a water surge of over...
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Sep.23.2009
Is it safe to assume that most of us here in the RedRoom are avid readers?  I am and have been for as long as I can remember. As a professional marketer, I thought it might be interesting to capture a snapshot of our collective reading habits by conducting an informal, statistically-flawed survey...
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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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Sep.03.2009
In my almost-daily Web surfing of assorted Middle East news sites and blogs, I stumbled upon a blog by a reader-funded foreign correspondent named Michael J. Totten.  I neither know nor know of him, but apparently he's written articles that have been published in The Jerusalem Post, LA Weekly, The...
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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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Aug.17.2009
Yesterday my friend Inca and I spent some time together running errands.  We were chatting about this and that when she turned to me and asked, "So what did you make of Hillary's response to that Congolese student?" (See also this article if you missed the news story.)  "...
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Aug.13.2009
One of my favorite magazines is The Economist.  In its July 23, 2009 issue, it published an interesting leader/editorial  and a special report on the Arab world entitled Waking from Its Sleep.  The latter is a follow up to a similar report published almost 20 years ago entitled When History Passes...
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Aug.08.2009
My friend--I'll call her Inca--is going through a number of personal trials.  Her mother is frail.  Her family's beautiful ancestral home in Bangalore is soon going to be demolished under eminent domain to accommodate a new metro line.  The family is doing its best to fight it or, at least, receive...
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Jul.30.2009
It was the early 1980s.  I was young and hungry and vulnerable and putting myself through six years of university without financial help beyond that which I could do for myself.  It was the second semester of my four-semester M.B.A. program, and I was invited to work for the chair of the marketing...
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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...