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Jordan’s King Abdullah Dissolves Parliament, Names Caretaker PM

AMMAN, May 29 – Jordan’s King Abdullah appointed veteran politician Hani Mulqi as prime minister after dissolving parliament by royal decree on Sunday, following the end of its four-year term, and charged him with conducting new elections by October. The monarch accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, as is customary under the constitution,

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Top Gun

The roof structure at Queen Alia’s airport in Amman proves that design and talent are alive and well in the Middle East By MAYSA ZUREIKAT When Zaha Hadid died, the world bemoaned a visionary talent. Who was there to replace her? Architecture is a notoriously difficult space in which to make a mark; it took

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Jordan: Power Plays

Jordan’s clampdown of the Brotherhood faces detractors BY Maysa Zureikat On April 13, the Jordanian security services closed the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB or Ikhwan) in Amman, the country’s most organized opposition force, sealing off the entrance with red wax. It was a dramatic move; the Ikhwan has a strong support base in urban

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Police Shut Muslim Brotherhood’s Jordan Headquarters

AMMAN, April 13  – Police in Jordan sealed the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Amman on Wednesday, a senior figure in the Islamist movement said, as the authorities clamp down further on the kingdom’s most vocal opposition group. The Brotherhood, which is close in ideology to its Egyptian namesake and has strong ties with

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Syria: The Plight of Female Refugees

When conflicts force people out of their homes, women often become the supporters and providers for their families By Karishma Bhansali Mehta and Maysa Zureikat Um Thaer, a widow and mother of five, left East Ghotah in Syria three years ago to find refuge in Jordan. Aside from selling home-made meals whenever she gets the

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Jordan: Learning From Scratch

A campaign has mounted a challenge to Jordan’s education system By Maysa Zureikat Schools are widely recognized as being on the frontline of countering violent extremism. And a campaign is now underway to push the Jordanian government to reform the nation’s education system. Its principal target? A curriculum that has, for years, been taught in the

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Jordan Foils Daesh Plot to Attack Civilian, Military Targets

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, March 2 – Jordan’s security services said on Wednesday they had thwarted a plot by Daesh militants to blow up civilian and military targets, in one of the U.S. ally’s largest sweeps in years against hardline sleeper cells. The security services located the militants, who were carrying suicide belts, in a

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Tracking the North Star

Theeb script-writer, Bassel Ghandour’s journey to film By Arfa Shahid “How do you track with the stars?” asks a Bedouin boy in the film Theeb. “Put the North Star between your eyes,” replies a stranger. And that is just what Bassel Ghandour did with his first feature film Theeb—he made it his North Star. The

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An Unrelenting Exodus

Jordan’s border faces a new wave of Syrian refugees BY Maysa Zureikat Jordan’s northernmost desert is an unforgiving terrain. As far as the eye can see, rocks and sand disrupt the horizon, with no natural shelter against the elements. But here squat elderly, infirm and wounded Syrian refugees, who are trapped on the border in

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U.N. Urges Jordan to Let 12,000 Stranded Syrian Refugees Enter

By Stephanie Nebehay and Suleiman Al Khalidi GENEVA/AMMAN, Dec 9 – The United Nations urged Jordan on Tuesday to allow in 12,000 Syrian refugees stranded at the border in deteriorating humanitarian conditions and offered to help reinforce security at registration points. The Syrians are fleeing escalating air strikes on their battered homeland as well as

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