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Developing Jordan's Political Parties

October 29, 2007

Written By: Marwan Asmar Its election time! As a good non-totalitarian democrat I love the elections, when they happen that is. What I really love about the elections is the time leading up to their finale when voters go up to the polling stations and vote. Although I've never voted in my life, I’ve always carefully watched election campaigns, right from start to finish. They are exciting days, of banners hoisted, constituency meets, mini-rallies and all the rest of it. Prospective candidates, some running for the very first time and of which we are expected to know and vote for, hoist their banners across streets and roundabouts, screaming at the electorate to vote for them because they are the best candidates.
This is the 15th elections for the 15th Lower House, and parliament in Jordan has consistently been in session since 1989, after a long absence of parliamentary life in the...

Election Watch | Registration, Polls And The IAF

October 23, 2007

Written By: Naseem Tarawnah Parliamentary elections are officially up and running now. The first two days of candidate registration saw 916 names and as Lina points out, 15.8% of which are women. That's a pretty decent percentage in my case, considering that the majority of that number are from fairly conservative cities like Irbid and Kerak. Although it's yet to be seen, I'm betting that the voters are really going to get shortchanged this time around with the unnecessary women's quota. In a survey conducted by Al-Ghad shows that voter turnout is expected to be at around 70% of which 76.5% claim to be voting for an independent candidate and 8.0% hoping to vote for a party candidate. These results are very similar to that of a similar poll conducted back in June for the municipal elections. Parliamentary elections of 2003 saw voter turnout...

Interview: The Avant-Garde Blouzaat Crew

October 22, 2007

Interview by Omar Z of Fann 3arabi
Whether it’s an innocent Chihuahua staring at you, three generic red bodies with white face masks, a cat who’s promoting a coke can or a rather balloon-like girl asking to switch places it’s all in the new store of Blouzaat. You’re probably wondering that none of these subjects might not completely make sense, but you when you see them visually or actually get to wear them you’ll realise it’s a different experience. Blouzaat is a new t-shirt/urban art store that is about to open in Jabal Amman. Behind it are 4 members that believe in grunge, details, random inspirations and non-coherency in Art but they also like Cats, Bulldogs, Chihuahuas and characters that do not particularly abide to general beauty standards. Ahmad Sabbagh, a Jordanian designer and type-enthusiast had given

Tiptoeing Through Luweibdeh's Cultural Maze

October 20, 2007

Reviewed by Dr. Marwan Asmar The latest offering by Saleem Ayoub Quna, Cultural Guide to Jabal Luweibdeh, is designed for locals, foreigners living in Jordan and international visitors aware of the diversity of this Amman neighborhood. The author, a long-term resident of Luweibdeh, describes the book as a necessary cultural guide, to highlight the richness of the Jabal that is right in the downtown yet has its special system, local economy and societal rhythm. Quna starts the guide with a specially-drawn map of Jabal Luweibdeh, highlighting its cultural centers, churches, mosques, public buildings, political parties, associations, embassies and much more. He says the Jabal is a mesh-mash of activity comprising a living society of schools, medical centers, a hospital, hotels, pharmacies, galleries, restaurants a well-known theater and a library frequented by the people of Luweibdeh, professionals, workers, artists and novelists who fall in love with the architecture of the place. The...

Skating for Self Expression

October 15, 2007

Written by Ahmad Sahli
Shari3 Thqafeh (Cultural Street in Shmesani) is a very unique street. I go there almost daily, and this street means a lot to me and many other people. Skateboarders, rollerbladers, foreigners, tourists, art galleries, families – there’s something special about it that gives it reason to be named "culture street." To some it may be overlooked as just another business area, but for Ammanis it means much more. I’m one of the skateboarders often seen there; I can’t go more than two days without going to Culture Street. Skateboarding is an activity that is growing quickly in Amman, mainly influenced by the overall development and growth of Amman as a society, and its increasing exposure to a Western lifestyle. Despite this perceived acceptance of Western culture, pedestrians and Ammani citizens in general still look down on skateboarding,...

The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour

October 12, 2007


The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour in Jordan Palestinian Aron Kader, Egyptian Ahmed Ahmed and Iranian Maz Jobrani


17, 18 and 19th of November Doors open at 8, show at 9pm The Courtyard


Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

October 11, 2007

Video Montage of Jordanian feature film, Captain Abu Raed.

The View Across the Jordan: Part Three

October 10, 2007

Written by Philip Mainwaring

[Editor's note: Part three of three. Read part one and part two.]

She had not reappeared on this visit. Now that Abu Nimr had a house of many rooms I presumed that she was cloistered away upstairs in some private corner. Abu Nimr organised the pouring and serving of coffee. He wheezed rhythmically as he set about arranging the cups deliberately, with those familiar, decisive movements of his long, elegant fingers. I took out the gift I had brought and placed it before him; the red Swiss army knife that he had asked for. I had had his name engraved on the plastic handle, in Arabic. He took it from me silently with a short nod of his head. In the midst of his newfound riches he turned the knife over and examined it in minute detail with a thin smile playing on his...

Discussion at Masrah El Balad

October 10, 2007

Samar Haj Hasan Khalifeh is hosting a discussion for Jordan's Youth Public Participation at the Masrah El Balad facilitated by Mr. Mohammad Al Wakeel. Discussion begins at 7:00pm. AlBalad Theater Tel.+9626 4652005 Fax.+9626 4652015 E-mail:raed@arabttc.org P.O.Box:7990, Amman 11118 , Jordan...

Become A Jordanian Novelist In November!

October 10, 2007

Join NaNoWriMo! Written By: Nicole Bovey Al-Hakawati Has a cat got your tongue? No, I don't suppose so around these parts. Folks are pretty leery of cats. Have you lost your muse? Never found it? The month of November would be the perfect time for you to try and find it. November is National Novel Writing Month. Not national to Jordan, but none the less, writers from all over world are signing up now to challenge themselves to writing a work of fiction from November 1 st through the 30th. The writing marathon is sponsored by a non-profit organization out of Oakland, California, just across the water from the City by the Bay. In 1999, a haphazard group of wanna-be writers started the practice in the month of July. By year two, they had a website and a Yahoo group to connect them and moved...