Amy McConaghy

Journalist and editor

Location icon Jordan

Portfolio

Selected Work

The Globe Post
10/23/2017
Rukban Camp Residents Remain Trapped in Syria's No Man's Land

AMMAN, Jordan - Life has been devastating for the thousands of displaced Syrians living in Rukban camp, a barren no man's land on the Jordan-Syria border, where food and water is sparse and lawlessness abounds. This already dire humanitarian situation has been intensified in the last few months, as airstrikes and fighting from Syria's civil war edges closer towards those trapped along the border.

The Globe Post
12/08/2017
Jordanians Rally Against Trump's Jerusalem Announcement

AMMAN, Jordan - Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets in downtown Amman, Jordan, in protest of U.S. President Donald J. Trump's announcement recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Widespread anger was sparked in the Kingdom after Mr. Trump issued a statement on Wednesday proclaiming the U.S.

Royanews
VIDEO: Jordan's Christians protest Trump Jerusalem decision

Source Hundreds of Jordanian Christians took to the streets of Swefieh, Amman, in silent protest of U.S. President Trump's recent decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. embassy to the city.

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Meet Asim Hafiz, the Imam serving in the British Army

Source "I think half the world's problems are down to ignorance and being unaware, having misunderstanding." It is this perception that drives the work of Imam Asim Hafiz, the first Muslim chaplain to the British army, who last week visited Jordan for meetings with the Jordanian Armed Forces.

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Video: Amman celebrates the city's second design week

Source Amman's second Design Week is taking place this week, October 6 to 14, highlighting the diverse arts and design scene in the Kingdom and across the Middle East. More than 100 exhibitors took part in this month's show, from renowned artists and architects across the Arab world to up and coming creatives and innovators.

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Mandla Mandela: The story of South Africa and Palestine

Source Soon after being elected as president of South Africa, the political leader and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela famously observed: "We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians." It has been twenty-three years since the end of South Africa's apartheid; the brutal system of institutionalised racial segregation and discrimination by a white minority over a black majority.

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Jordanian MP engages in ongoing battle against LGBT+ community

Source MyKali, a Jordanian LGBT+ magazine, has been shut down on Monday after MP Dima Tahboub filed a complaint against them for violating Article 49 of the Press and Publication Law. The official justification, as stipulated by Article 49, is that the magazine is not properly licensed.

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Dozens demonstrate against law punishing children of foreign fathers

Source Dozens of men and women staged a sit in outside parliament in Amman on Tuesday, calling on the government to grant full citizenship rights to children of Jordanian women who are married to foreigners. "We are here today to demand the rights for our children, namely their citizenship.

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Dawn of Recovery: MSF exhibition opens in Amman

Source Ten years ago, Jordan's first reconstructive surgery hospital opened its doors in the capital of Amman, designed to help victims of war across the Middle East to rebuild their lives through specialised medical services.

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Israel's travel clamp down on foreigners against the occupation

The border control in Israel has long been notorious among travellers heading to the occupied Palestinian territories. At Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport and King Hussein Bridge on the Israel-Jordan border, Arab nationals are perpetually stopped, interrogated and denied entry.

Al Bawaba
01/04/2017
What is Obama's legacy in the Middle East?

When President Barack Obama came into office eight years ago, he inherited the blowback from George W. Bush's invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Hopes were high as he expressed intentions to improve US relations with the Islamic world, with plans to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and establish Arab-Israeli peace Yet, critics say his own actions and inactions throughout two terms of office has contributed significantly to the unraveling of the Middle East.

Al Bawaba
11/21/2016
Did the BBC hide a headline on Syrian rebels killing children in Aleppo?

Syrian pro-government forces drive past heavily damaged buildings in Aleppo on November 8, 2016. (AFP/Georges Ourfalian) The international media has long been accused of promoting their own political agenda, despite most journalists' claims that they remain objective in their work. This debate has been circulating around Twitter today, with a recent BBC article at the center of the discussion.

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