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amy-king's picture
Dec.08.2009
8122009 Like it or not, parallels exist between the two separate-but-similar battles for civil rights.  I received some flack the other day for posting the title statement on my Facebook page (“Gay is the new black.”), and in turn, learned there is some resistance against aligning the two...
sherry-jones's picture
Dec.02.2009
Dear Reader, At last night's screening of "Coco Before Chanel," I had to swallow my tears more than once -- not because of the tragedy that occurs in the film (no spoilers here!) but because of the sheer courage and determination of Gabrielle (Coco Chanel, played by Audrey Tatou), the...
sherry-jones's picture
Sep.28.2009
Dear Reader, Traveling to foreign countries, being on TV and the radio, it all sounds so glamorous! And it is ... but it's also very hard work. I arrived in Stockholm at about 4 p.m., to greet my publisher Shadi Bitar of Earbooks, waiting for me bearing a sign with his own name on it (a security...
ellen-r-sheeley's picture
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...
ellen-r-sheeley's picture
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...
ellen-r-sheeley's picture
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.17.2009
Dear Reader, As author of "The Jewel of Medina," published by Beaufort Books last fall, and its sequel, "The Sword of Medina," debuting in the U.S. in October 2009, I've done quite a bit of reading on the topic of veiling. Veiling debuted in Byzantine Christian society long...
ellen-r-sheeley's picture
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...
ellen-r-sheeley's picture
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...