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Media Freedoms Under The Rifai Administration

December 31, 2009

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خطوات ممكنة لإصلاح الإعلام في ظل حكومة الرفاعي

*بقلم داود كتاب

يبدو أن إصلاح وتنظيم وسائل الإعلام في الأردن هو من أحد أولويات إدارة سمير الرفاعي الذي يعتبر صديقاً للكثيرين من الصحفيين والمحررين والناشرين. فكما هو الحال في جميع الجهود التي تسعى نحو مزيد من حرية الصحافة، فإن اثنتين من المبادئ العالمية يجب تذكرها دائماً، الأولى هي أن الصحفيين يمقتون زيادة في التشريعات مهما بدت إصلاحية. فالمدافعون عن حرية الصحافة في العالم يطالبون مرارا وتكرارا بتشريعات أقل وإلى تنظيم ذاتي أكثر. أما الأمر الأخر فهو أن الحكومات، مهما كانت دوافعها، ليست مؤهلة في إنتاج محتوى إعلامي بنوعية ومهنية ذات مستوى.

قد يبدو للوهلة الأولى أن هذه المبادئ لا تترك إلا القليل لإدارة الرفاعي للعمل بها، ولكن الواقع مختلف تماماً. في مقالة هامة كتبتها الزميلة...

The Day After Press Freedom: A Call For Action

December 30, 2009

Annual Meeting 2003 of the World Economic Forum http://www.fotopedia.com/en/Abdullah_II_of_Jordan Written by Ramsey Tesdell On May 17th, 2007, His Majesty King Abdullah II opened the World Economic Forum at the Dead Sea in Jordan by asking the audience to, not just envision peace in the world, but begin to prepare for the challenges of the “day after peace.” The king has warned, on many occasion of these challenges – water scarcity, the development of infrastructure, employment of Arab youth under 24 - that face the Middle East. Recently, he has asserted and re-asserted that journalists and bloggers should not be arrested for their opinions. Some have called this a gift, others a smoke screen. Experts everywhere wonder what impact this will have on the media in Jordan. Studying history, one can only...

Superhighway: December 2009

December 29, 2009

Where technology, media and society meet: What does Google know about you? And more importantly, how can you find out?

Written by Ramsey Tesdell and John Lillywhite. With JO.JO

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Get Crunched!

www.arabcrunch.net SINCE IT LAUNCHED IN 2008, ArabCrunch.com has struggled to find its place in the growing world of Internet startups and so-called professional blogs. Now, the entrepreneurially-minded technology blog has just announced that it’s launched a new social networking site for Arab entrepreneurs, ArabCrunch.net. The announcement was made in Amman on November 11, as the ArabCrunch group closed its latest round of funding. Gaith Saqr, ArabCrunch’s founder, said the social networking site is the first of its kind in the region, and will bring different aspects of starting an Internet business together for the first time in one place, in a sort of “ecosystem.” “The ecosystem consists of universities, research and design centers,...

The Dark Side of the Spoon: Episode 2

December 28, 2009

The-Dark-Side-of-the-Spoon- The Dark Side of the Spoon is a comic strip created, written and penciled by Mike V. Derderian, and inked and colored by Waleed Qutteineh. The first official episode appeared in U Men's August 2009 issue—Thank you Shirene. It follows the lives of Mako, a Mako shark with amphibian abilities and the appetite of—duh—a shark, and, Me-ouch, a one eyed well-read cat. How did they end up living in an underground pad in Amman's Al Balad area? To cut a long story short...wait for and read upcoming episodes... Legal deposit number @ National Library (2009/6/3266)

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Have Your Say: Gaza, One Year On

December 27, 2009

Photo by Emad Badwan Photo by Emad Badwan Today is the one-year anniversary of the attacks on Gaza. For us at 7iber, we were hosting a discussion-workshop on the uses of social networking for political, business, and social uses. As if it was yesterday, I remember one of the participants receiving a phone call, looking shocked, and apologizing that he had to leave. “They hit Gaza,” he said. One year later, that sentence still echoes in my head. After visiting Gaza and seeing the situation first hand, its difficult to imagine the pain and suffering of our fellow humans in Gaza. What is your take? What responsibility does the international community have in brokering a solution? What role should Jordan play? Egypt? The United Nations? Some argue, the international community should engage Hamas, while Israel and the U.S. refuse. Have...

To Climb or Not to Climb

December 23, 2009

Rock BridgeWritten by Tony Howard Previously, I've discussed the increase in Jordan of areas coming under controlled access regulations and the likely loss to the adventure community of what are good trekking and climbing areas. I would like to follow this up with an update – good news and bad news as they say… Let’s consider the bad news first: having had more meetings with all concerned, it appears that the extensive Petra Park area, about which we were mildly optimistic, is in fact suffering from a seemingly overwhelming desire to cater solely for mass tourism rather than support adventure activities; perhaps they are unaware that adventure tourism is the fastest growing aspect of tourism, which is the world’s biggest business – even Saga are catering for trekking holidays and using cruise ships with climbing walls up their...

اللغة العربية الفصحى ام اللهجة المحلية؟

December 22, 2009

بقلم: مريم ابو عدس

alphabetاستغربت من شعوري لما كتبت بالعربي العامي لأول مرة. كان عندي شعورين متناقضين. من ناحية، شعرت اني بخون الّلغة العربية التي تربيت على غرامها من صغري، و لاقيت نفسي متل كتير من الناس، بستهجن استعمال اللهجة العامية في منبر عام مكتوب. بالرغم من انه نحنا في حياتنا اليومية، بنعتز بلهجاتنا المحليه، و بنستخدمها بفخر بجميع تداولاتنا الرسمية و الغير رسمية و في المنابر العامة والخاصة. بالعكس، في كتير من الأحيان لهجاتنا المحلية والمختلفة هي طريقتنا بالتعبير عن هويتنا، فبنلاقي انفسنا بتستخدم لهجة معينه مع اصحابنا وفي اماكن بنشعر بالراحة فيها، وبنستخدم لهجات مختلفة تماما في جلسات عائلية أو قبلية معينة. و لكن في كل هذي المواقف، ما عمرنا بنستخدم اللغة العربية الفصحى.

وهذه النتيجة بتاخدني للشعور التاني. و انا عم بكتب، شعرت اني عم بعبّر بسلاسه و بسهولة، و شعرت انه هذي اللهجة، أقرب...

The Dark Side of the Spoon: Episode 1

December 21, 2009

The Dark Side of the Spoon Ep. 2 The first official episode appeared in U Men's August 2009 issue—Thank you Shirene. It follows the lives of Mako, a Mako shark with amphibian abilities and the appetite of—duh—a shark, and, Me-ouch, a one eyed well-read cat. How did they end up living in an underground pad in Amman's Al Balad area? To cut a long story short...wait for and read upcoming episodes...

Legal deposit number @ National Library (2009/6/3266) المملكة الأردنية الهاشمية

رقم الأيداع لدى المكتبة الوطنية: 2009/6/3266 رقم الأيداع لدى المكتبة الوطنية: 2009/6/3266

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Events in Amman, Dec. 20 – 26

December 20, 2009

It seems cultural activities are slowing down a little bit with two weeks left of the year, so this week's roundup is not as  jam-packed as last week's. But there's still great live music to enjoy (musician Kamal Msallam is visiting and will be jamming at Las Tapas on Monday). There's theater, film, and some Christmas activities. We've also included some of the ongoing exhibitions around town; they're listed under Saturday but you can go during the week as well. You should also drive out to Fuheis and check out the tall Christmas tree at the center of town and all the street decorations, and if you have kids or young siblings, take them to the Children's Museum where there's an ongoing celebration of "Winter Wonderland". Sunday December 20, 2009 Book of the Week, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Caro," presentation and discussion, presented by Dr. Oklah Haddad, novelist, and...

العرس الديمقراطي في الجامعة الاردنية

December 20, 2009

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بقلم لينا شنك*

قد يعتقد أي مراقب أن الشعارات و الهتافات التي تسبق الإنتخابات في الجامعة الاردنية تثير الفتن، أو أنها تشير الى عقلية لا تنفع معها أفضل وصفات الاصلاح، أو قد يتبادر الى ذهنه أن الأردن قد طبق فعلا مشروع الاقاليم ثم خطى خطوات اخرى و حصل كل اقليم منها على الحكم الذاتي، فيجد في احدى الكليات مرشح جنوب و مرشح شمال و ما الى ذلك من تقسيمات.

بالطبع فقد اساء المراقب الفهم، فهذا هو يوم "العرس الديمقراطي". هو اليوم الذي ينتخب فيه جميع اعضاء مجلس الطلبة تماشيا مع مبادئ الديمقراطية و التي لا تكتمل في يوم الانتخابات الا اذا شهد الحرم الجامعي احداث عنف و مشادات كلامية و هتافات قد يعرفها القانون على انها اعمال تسيء الى الوحدة الوطنية بينما يعرفها...