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Filipina Workers in Jordan

January 29, 2008

From Kabobfest. Written by Emily In a new Jordan Times article, Hani Hazaimeh reports again that
According to DHAA officials, the complaints included ill-treatment by employers and being overworked, said Faouri, who believes the workers’ reasons for wanting to leave their posts were homesickness and cultural differences between Jordan and the Philippines.
The Jordan Times still fails to mention the real allegations, which include serious abuses such as non-payment of wages, physical abuse and rape. The article is unclear as to whether the hundreds of women who sought refuge at their embassy were forced to pay a fine for terminating their contracts:
On December 9, the Philippine embassy approached the ministry seeking its assistance to waive fines for around 100 domestic helpers for violating residency regulations in order to be sent home at the expense of the embassy, said Habashneh. “The ministry did not accept the embassy’s proposal because it would harm the...

Recycle Reviewed: A Return to Humanity

January 29, 2008

Abu Ammar

Pictures courtesy Sundance FF

Written by Ramsey Tesdell PARK CITY, UTAH - I didn’t know what to expect as I walked out of the soft snow and into the ticket tent at the Holiday Cinema complex. I was shocked to see that in addition to the ticketed folks, there was another line for those trying to get tickets to Recycle. I flashed my press credentials to no avail. Luckily, director Mahmoud Al Massad texted me just then, saying he had a ticket for me. To the front of the line I went and straight from the cold to the warm glow of the theater. After a wonderful short entitled Salim Baba and directed by Tim Sternburg, Jordan hit the big screen for a second time, however this time in not so glowing a light. Recycle is a documentary that details the life of...

Captain Abu Raed: Review

January 27, 2008

A scene from Captain Abu Raed

Written by Ramsey Tesdell UPDATE - Captain Abu Raed wins the World Cinema Audience Award, and Recycle wins the World Cinema Cinematography Award. Congrats to both films! More pictures of the cast and director here. PARK CITY, UTAH - Many words have been written about Amin Matalqa’s Captain Abu Raed. With all the words written, all the interviews conducted, and pictures taken, funny that few had actually seen the film. Jordan has been holding her breath for the past several months as filming finished and editing began. A collective sigh of relief was heard at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival when the gathering crowd enthusiastically greeted Matalqa and the cast in chilly Park City, Utah. Much anticipation had caused a rather nervous yet festive opening screening. (more…)...

Traditional Music Concert

January 26, 2008

Quand l’Orient se marie avec l’Occitanie

Concert de musiques traditionnelles avec les frères Khatib, Laurence Couanon & Jean-Marie Nozerand.

At the Royal Cultural Center in Sports City. Information here.

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Ruba Saqr at Blue Fig

January 26, 2008

Re-opening Blue Fig’s monthly gigs, Ruba Saqr will sing her originals in a trio of sounds at Blue Fig this Feb. Songs include pieces from her upcoming debut album (Law Kan ‘Andi Matar ~ If Rain was Mine), with new improvisations from the soul. Ruba Saqr, 2007 UNESCO music prize winner, will be accompanied by Avo on bass and bazuka, and Maher Hanhan on drums and percussion....

The Jordanian Band Competition Final

January 26, 2008

at the Royal Cultural Centre Competing bands include Jadal, Salam. Zaid Hamarneh & Vengo With guest artist Hani Mitwasi. Sponsored by JO Magazine, French Cultural Center, Orange, OrangeRed For more information contact Karen or here n661925181_2142712_8162.jpg...

Jordan Goes to Sundance

January 25, 2008

Mahmoud al Massad taking questions

Photo: Mahmoud al Massad taking questions at a showing of his film Recycle.

PARK CITY, UTAH - Alright folks, Ramsey here. I’ve made the trip to Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival. In the coming days, I’ll be posting reviews of the two Jordanian Films – Recycle and Captain Abu Raed, pictures, and reactions from folks around Sundance. From a total of 8,731 films submitted to the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah, Captain Abu Raed and another Jordanian film, Recycle were selected as two of the films to be shown during the 10 day festival. Sundance, as it is more frequently known, is one of the world’s most premiere festivals for independent films. Nestled in the majestic and snowy mountains of Utah, Park City grows from a normal population of

The Value Of A Dinar In Winter

January 24, 2008

Written By: Ola Eliwat "This weather loves hot chocolate with marshmallows!" That was the message I sent my friend as I sat in the car waiting for my father, cuddled up in the warmest clothes I have and yet feeling my feet freezing. Drifted away in thoughts, I was brought back to reality by the sight of a little boy, around 9 or 10, approaching a woman who was getting in to her car. The woman reached out to her purse and gave him some coins, although I didn't see him begging. Obviously, he didn’t need to. He was wearing a jersey with no jacket on, the kind of attire that won't make you warm enough for an average winter day. The jersey was soaked in the chilly melting ice, the sleeves pulled over his hands, his lips quivering and his eyes drooping in the cold. I thought after the woman...

Pitch Black Gaza: Jordanian Bloggers React!

January 22, 2008

Written By: Naseem Tarawnah As the Israeli onslaught in Gaza continues this week, the death toll continues to climb. With many of the dead being civilians and the European Union labeling the Israeli offensive as 'collective punishment', the situation has not sat well with Jordanian bloggers. Here's what they had to say in the past few days: On his blog, Haitham Sabbah encourages readers to support Gazan families through donations and has this to say about the situation:
"If Israel and its allies think that the siege and its war crimes will stop Palestinian from fighting for their freedom and return of their land, they are stupid. Palestinian will continue their resistance until the last drop of their blood, in light or darkness. Israel, you are dreaming. You will only gain more hate and give more reasons for more violent resistance."
Image By: Carlos Latuff
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Visual Artist Jehad Al-Ameri: Mirrors

January 19, 2008

Jehad Al-Ameri, a visual artist, is presenting his work at Lines Gallery in Jebel Amman. The opening is on Monday 21 January 2008 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The exhibition will continue through 21 February 2008....