Rana F. Sweis

Journalist

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An Injection of Modernity Revives Arabic Calligraphy
Abu Majid Abu Dail of the Nash Design House in Amman demonstrating the silk screen process.
Jordan Talks of Reform, but Old System Holds Sway
AMMAN - On Nov. 13, Amer Tubeishat joined several thousand demonstrators in central Amman to protest rising prices. As Mr. Tubeishat, a senior program officer at a nonprofit...
Arab Women Turn to Crafts as a Source of Employment
AMMAN - Through their eight years of marriage the husband of Suzan Qouqas would not allow her to work, even though she had studied to become a pharmacist. A year ago, she found...
A Parched Jordan Places Hopes in Reservoir
AMMAN - Jordanians took to the streets this summer to protest water shortages and disruptions. Some demonstrators burned tires and blocked roads while others carried empty...
Women's Rights at a Standstill in Jordan
AMMAN - On a warm day late last month a crowd filed into a white tent outside the royal palaces in Amman to hear a much-anticipated speech by King Abdullah II on the country's...
Jordan Struggles to Absorb Refugees From Syria
ZAATARI, Jordan - In Zaatari, the site of one of the largest camps for Syrian refugees in the Middle East, hundreds of girls sat this week in makeshift school tents provided by...
Jordanian Vote Reform Vexes Brotherhood
AMMAN - For Osama Hasoun, 23, protesting has become a weekly affair. Nearly every Friday afternoon, he prays at Amman's popular Grand Husseini Mosque. Afterward, he carefully...
Jordanian Activists Struggle On
AMMAN - When the Arab Spring started, Safwan al-Ma'aytah, 30, posted photos of himself online, wearing black sunglasses and carrying large signs calling for political and...
Jordan Limits Protests, and Internet, as Tensions Simmer
AMMAN - Jordan has been rocked by the shock waves running across the Middle East, and tensions are still simmering. Last week, about 200 protesters gathered at a traffic circle...
Medical Outreach in Jordan Tends to Its Neighbors' Wounded
AMMAN - At a hospital in the hills of Amman, some patients have only one leg, others have no arms and most have been burned and scarred by exploding bombs. All have suffered...
Jordan Treads Softly Amid Rising Protest
AMMAN - For four days in a row this week, youths hurled rocks at police officers, burned tires and damaged properties in the ancient city of Salt, thought to have been built in...
Refugees in Jordan Return to Syria to Fight Against Assad
RAMTHA, JORDAN - Four Syrian women sat in a circle in a small apartment during the weekend, reminiscing about green fields and the homes they left behind months ago as their...
Syrian Refugees Paint Fearful Scene of Home
RAMTHA, JORDAN - This impoverished Jordanian city across the border from Dara'a, Syria, has become a temporary haven for Syrians who continue to flee the violence that has swept...
Arab Spring Inspires Artistic Expression in Middle East
AMMAN - As scenes of Arab street protests fill his television set, Abu Saqer, a petty domestic tyrant, panics at the thought of losing control of his household. His daughter...
Jordan Struggles to Protect Children
AMMAN - A year ago, a video surfaced of a 6-year-old boy, Ahmad al-Saket, standing in front of a large classroom chalkboard crying, shaking and pleading for mercy. A teacher...
Unrest Encourages Start-Up Funding for the Middle East
AMMAN - At a gathering of the Celebration of Entrepreneurship forum here this month, young Arab techies, some dressed in jeans, others in pinstriped suits, exchanged business...
Jordan Girds for Influx of Syrian Refugees
MAFRAQ, JORDAN - In this northern Jordanian town, just a few minutes from the Syrian border, tall water tanks can be seen from a distance and an empty lot is encircled with...
In Jordan, a Struggle for Gender Equality
AMMAN - For eight years, Nima Habashna has been garnering online support for the rights of Jordanian women to pass on their citizenship to their non-Jordanian spouses and...
In Jordan, Protests Focus on Prices and Economy
AMMAN - As Jordanians celebrated their country's independence from Britain 66 years ago this week, thousands of citizens came out to participate in the festivities. It was a...
Jordanians Seek Reform, but Protests Are Few
AMMAN - Alaa Khalil, 42, has been selling T-shirts and sweaters on a busy pavement in central Amman for 30 years. Al Husseini mosque is just a five-minute walk from his wooden...
Jordanians Debate Role of Press
AMMAN - A few days after police attacked journalists covering a pro-reform demonstration here in July, injuring more than a dozen and breaking cameras, the Jordan Press...
For Refugees, a Frustrating Feeling of Permanence
AMMAN - When Iraqi militias threatened Ghasswan Al Taee, 36, in 2006, he fled to Jordan. Five years later and with three children born here, his state of limbo has become a...
Jordan Tries to Remake Its Political Machinery
AMMAN - Ahmad Sami, 28, watched as cars passed by his makeshift tent, which he set up to sell watermelons. Mr. Sami's business opens early and closes late and so, he said, he...
Jordan Takes Slower Path of Dialogue
AMMAN - Jordan 's political reform movement has gone quiet in recent weeks after demonstrations in Amman and elsewhere that ended in violence. A protest March 25 in Amman left...
Uneasy Balancing Act in Jordan
AMMAN - With unrest continuing in Syria, violence between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and repression elsewhere in the region, Jordan is trying to walk a narrow...
Iraqi Artists, Actors and Designers Try to Build New Lives in Jordan
AMMAN - Some pleasant memories of Essam Ali's Iraqi homeland still seep into his mind. He remembers the summer of 1985, for instance, when, surrounded by forests and friends, he...

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A Refugee Crisis on Jordan's Border
The war in Syria has forced more than five million people to flee from their homes. The vast majority of them are not in Europe. They are living in neighboring countries as the...
Nima Habashneh: A Woman Who Fought for Equal Rights in Jordan
"It's easier to fight cancer than to fight an archaic mindset." Those were Nima Habashneh's last words on camera before she passed away this week. The 55-year-old Jordanian...
Women After the Arab Spring
Posted: The Arab Spring continues to blow winds of change in the Middle East. There is no doubt the direction these countries are heading in will affect Arab societies and...

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