Rana F. Sweis

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Voices of Jordan Book Project

Voices of Jordan
A prezi explaining the idea behind my book project: Voices of Jordan.
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Voices of Jordan

New York Times

Lula and Simba, Last Surviving Animals at Mosul Zoo, Have Been Rescued
AMMAN, JORDAN - The last surviving animals in the Montazah Al-Morour Zoo in the war-ravaged Iraqi city of Mosul - Lula, a bear, and Simba, a lion - reached safety at a wildlife...
An Uncertain Wait Ends for U.S.-Bound Refugees Stuck in Jordan
"Let's see, hopefully. Let's see, God willing," he said, looking pained and at least a decade older than his real age. "I hope so. Let's see." He was nervously smoking a...
'Dreams Die' for Refugees on Verge of Coming to U.S. as Trump Closes Door
They were among an estimated 110,000 people in line to be processed for resettlement in the United States during this fiscal year. In fact, they thought they had already made it...
An Iraqi Family Split by the Vicissitudes of Asylum
"It was like in the movies," Ms. Obaidi said in an interview this month. Fearing more attacks, the family left Iraq for Jordan. It joined many other Iraqi refugees, including...
After Escape From Syria, Another Dangerous Foe: Diabetes
"I'm sorry," said Ms. Najjar, 26, wiping her eyes. Hisham, who is shy and has large dark brown eyes, left the room to play with balloons. "It's just that I almost lost him, not...
Victims in Istanbul New Year's Attack Came From Across the World
At least two dozen of the people killed were said to be foreigners. Most of the victims were from countries with Muslim-majority populations. According to news reports and...
ISIS Is Said to Claim Responsibility for Deadly Attack in Jordan
AMMAN, Jordan - The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a terrorist attack in the southern Jordanian city of Karak that killed 10 people, including the head of...
Cache of Weapons Suggests Gunmen in Jordan Were Planning Multiple Attacks
KARAK, Jordan - Gunmen involved in a rare terrorist attack in Jordan on Sunday had a large cache of weapons, explosives and suicide vests in the apartment where they had been...
Gunmen in Jordan Kill 10, Including 7 Officers and a Canadian Tourist
AMMAN, Jordan - Seven Jordanian security officers, a Canadian tourist and two Jordanian civilians were killed by gunmen in the southern city of Karak on Sunday, according to a...
Writer Charged With Insulting Islam Is Killed as Extremism Boils Over in Jordan
Never mind that after an across-the-board social media backlash, Mr. Hattar quickly removed the cartoon, deactivated his Facebook account and apologized, saying he "did not mean...
Muslim Brotherhood's Political Arm Wins Seats in Jordan's Parliament
AMMAN, Jordan - Members of the political arm of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood won seats in Jordan 's Parliament in a symbolic comeback, and women increased their numbers in...
In Appeal to Voters, Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan Soft-Pedals Religion
Jordan stripped the Brotherhood of its license this year as well, but the Islamic Action Front, its political wing, remains registered and legal. Hoping to draw the Islamists...
If a Carrot for Jordan Works, Syrian Refugees Will Stay Put
Europe is also promising over $4 billion in aid to several African countries in exchange for their help in stemming the exodus out of the continent. Even Sudan, long under...
Car Bomb in Jordan, Near Syria Border, Kills 6
AMMAN, Jordan - Four Jordanian soldiers, a police officer and a civil defense officer were killed on Tuesday after a car bomb exploded on the Jordanian border with Syria,...
Finding Refuge in Jordan, and Adding to Its Cultural Mix
On a recent visit to Amman, we met some of the people who are changing the cultural fabric of Amman. In the window of the Abou Arabi Haider Damascene Gourmet Sweets shop sat an...
Jordan Reports Deadly Attack on Palestinian Refugee Camp
AMMAN, Jordan - Three Jordanian intelligence officers and two employees of the service were killed on Monday in a Palestinian refugee camp in the capital, Amman, in what the...
Jordan Shuts Down Muslim Brotherhood Headquarters
AMMAN, Jordan - The Jordanian police closed down the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan on Wednesday, the group said in a statement. Warning that the closing would...
Biden, on Jordan Visit, Meets With King Abdullah II
AMMAN, Jordan - Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. held talks in Jordan on Wednesday with King Abdullah II on a variety of regional topics, including the fight against the...
Jordan Struggles Under a Wave of Syrian Refugees
AMMAN, Jordan - King Abdullah II made his people an extraordinary promise last week: For every job the government offered Syrian refugees, it would create five jobs for...
Jordan Releases Muslim Brotherhood Official From Prison
AMMAN, Jordan - The deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, Zaki Bani Rushaid, was released from prison on Monday after serving 13 months for criticizing the United...
Jordan Deports Sudanese Asylum Seekers, Spurring Outcry
AMMAN, Jordan - The Jordanian authorities on Friday deported hundreds of Sudanese asylum seekers, most of them from the war-afflicted Darfur region, according to the United...
Jordan Is Asked to Admit Thousands of Stranded Syrians
AMMAN, Jordan - The United Nations and human rights groups on Tuesday called on Jordan to allow the entry of thousands of Syrian refugees stuck in a northeast desert holding...
2 Americans and a South African Killed in Jordan Military Training Center
AMMAN, Jordan - A Jordanian police officer opened fire at a military training center in the capital, Amman, on Monday, killing two United States training officers and a South...
Hospitals Devastated in Syria, War-Wounded Seek Treatment in Jordan
AMMAN, Jordan - Mohammad Smarat sat gazing at the few plants sprouting outside the entrance of the white stone hospital here, recalling how he had collapsed in a sea of green...
Conflicts in Syria and Region Take Toll on Jordan's Tourism
JERASH, Jordan - The tour guides sat in a dusty white trailer a few steps from the main gate, drinking thick black coffee and smoking. There were 42 of them, ready to show a...
Main Syria-Jordan Crossing Under Insurgent Assault
AMMAN, Jordan - The main border crossing between Syria and Jordan remained closed and chaotic on Friday, with insurgents - including the Nusra Front, Al Qaeda 's branch in...

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