Rana F. Sweis

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New Refugee Camp in Jordan Tries to Create a Community for Syrians

AL AZRAQ REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan - His face was bright red from the desert sun, and his son's eyes, blank with exhaustion, gazed into the distance. Bahjat Sheikh, 58, and his...

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In Jordan Town, Syria War Inspires Jihadist Dreams

ZARQA, Jordan - Late one night, Abu Abdullah left his whole life behind. Abandoning his wife, two children and a modest frozen foods business, he sneaked across the border to...

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As Syrians Flee Conflict, Their Way of Life Follows

AMMAN - Two months ago, the most famous ice cream parlor in Damascus set up a new outlet amid the fast-food joints, stalls selling plastic household goods and offices lining Al...

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Resentment Grows Against Syrian Refugees in Jordan

RAMTHA, JORDAN - A few months ago, boxes of tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers blocked the entrances to shops in a bustling market in Ramtha, close to the Syrian border. Shop...

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In Jordan, Progress in Small Steps

AMMAN - The political turmoil in the Middle East over the last two years has not been kind to Jordan's king, Abdullah II, who has faced domestic protests and public discontent....

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Syrian Refugees Strain Resources in Jordan

MAFRAQ, JORDAN - Shaking with fear, Abu Abdel Hadi tripped and fell three times in the dark as he fled across the desolate desert from Syria into Jordan. The 65-year-old was...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...