Rana F. Sweis

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Nytimes

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Iran pledges to destroy Israel within 25 years as tensions rise

A missile strike earlier this month, which killed seven Iranian military advisors from the country's elite Quds Force in the Syrian city of Homs, has been neither confirmed nor...

The Telegraph

Israel dismisses claims that Mossad killed Palestinian activist in Malaysia

Israel's defence minister has dismissed claims that Israel assassinated a Palestinian Hamas member and scholar who was shot dead in Malaysia. Avigdor Lieberman said it was more...

The Telegraph

France warns of fresh humanitarian crisis in Syrian region of Idlib

"I'm so sad to see another chemical attack, and we expect to see it happen again and again," said Aya Fadl, who survived the chemical attacks on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in...

Huffington Post

The Huffington Post

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...

The Huffington Post

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...

Huffingtonpost

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...