Rana F. Sweis

Journalist

Portfolio

In Mideast, Media Caught Between Two Extremes
Since the 2011 Arab uprisings, there has been little doubt that enhanced access to information and news contributed to political and social activism, pushing the boundaries of...
The Regression Of Human Rights In The Middle East
Posted: With a high death toll in Syria, intensified sectarian strife across the region and a sharp rise in conservatism, it's easy to forget why the Arab Spring actually began....
Investigating Truth in Midst of Arab Spring
Contrary to the saying that truth is the first casualty of war, the Arab Spring has overwhelmingly broken a barrier of fear that has presided over the Middle East for decades....
Searching for Arab Democrats
As I watch the Arab Spring, I recognize the road ahead will be long and difficult. While many Arabs are calling for democracy, the region continues to lack democrats, a key...
The View From Jordan
The country of Jordan is sometimes called a mosaic. It is literally home to one of the oldest mosaics in the world, including the famous Holy Land map. Symbolically, it is also...
In Jordan, Some Regret a Missed Opportunity
AMMAN - Two weeks ago, Manal, 27, dressed in a black robe, walked slowly in a crowd of several hundred demonstrators - mostly men - carrying children, waving Jordanian flags or...
Digitization in Jordan’s post arab spring Reform Struggle
Defining Democracy
"Town meetings are to liberty what primary schools are to science; they bring it within the people's reach..." -- Alexander de Tocqueville, from Democracy in America. On a...
American Military Interventions In Post 9/11 World
A year after the September 11, 2001 attacks on Washington and New York, former President Bush's national security strategy was clear: US interests triumph all else and...
Shattered Lives: Lebanon in the Aftermath of War
Ending It All
Worrying for America
Recently I met with Majed, an elderly Arabic schoolteacher in Amman, Jordan. Not long ago, he taught me Arabic, and we still meet occasionally to talk about the media in Jordan....
Stopping the Press
Syrian Brides
In Came Palin

More Published Work

Techno-utopian solutions to Syria's refugee crisis fall short
In a dull, pre-fabricated caravan in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp, a group of Syrian children marvel at brand-new laptops and tablets, tapping out words. In another corner, a...

Published Journal Entries

O Sister Where Art Thou?
New Refugee Camp in Jordan Tries to Create a Community for Syrians
Life on the Street
Life on the Streets
Familiar Slogans, Skeptical Public. The 2016 Parliamentary Elections.
Das Flüchtlingsparadox - Je besser die Situation in den Lagern ist, desto mehr Flüchtlinge kommen.
Der Krieg in Syrien hat mehr als fünf Millionen Menschen zur Flucht gezwungen. Die allermeisten von ihnen sind nicht nach Europa gekommen, sondern leben in den Nachbarländern...
Plans to Launch "Public Service" TV Channel in Jordan Raise Eyebrows
Jordan's state television JRTV has seen its audience levels plummeting in the past decade. Its reform has never succeeded. Now, the government pledges to launch a new TV channel...
How to edit your story for accuracy
As a reporter, you must gather information and interview sources quickly, then explain what you've learned concisely and clearly. Once that's done, it's tempting to ship the...
Rana F. Sweis, Benjamin Lennett, Tom Glaisyer
The true role of new communications technologies in the dramatic events of the “Arab Spring” in 2011 is still under discussion, but wireless communications were certainly used...
Christians Of Mosul Find Haven In Jordan
Digital media empower Middle Eastern youth
Revolutions in the Middle East have been powered by young people using new technology. Young people, who make up 30 percent of the region's population, have played a dominant...

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