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The Jordan-Israeli Gas Deal And Our Perpetual Deja Vu A Reminder Of The Bigger Battles We're Not Fighting

Words By: Naseem Tarawnah There’s a cyclical nature in which social protests unfold in Jordan that isn’t just vexing, it has a dizzying deja vu effect. An issue spurs public concern, a quick mobilization ensues, and the outcome is almost always predictably in favor of the entity being fought – typically the State. All along […]


On The Killing Of Nahed Hattar ...and why addressing the enabling environment is crucial.

Words: Naseem Tarawnah It’s been incredibly difficult wrapping my head around the assassination of Nahed Hattar earlier today. The whole story has been baffling from start to finish, ailment making it difficult to string together a coherent thought. The way the government handled his posting of a caricature on Facebook they deemed to be offensive […]


The Cautious Optimist ’s Guide To Parliamentary Elections Jordan's Biggest Show Returns, But Trust Issues Remain

Words: Naseem Tarawnah | Visual: Dimitri Zarzar Whenever parliamentary election season arrives, it always feels like the circus has come to town. On the ground, the big tops go up and constituents fill the election tents to hear fiery speeches, enjoy the free catering, and show their underwhelming support for the candidate they’ve already decided […]

Jordanian Politics

Why Jordan’s Banning Of Mashrou Leila is Problematic Or, How To Softly Kill A Progressive Movement

Within hours of reports that the Governor of Amman, Khaled Abu Zaid, had, at the behest of a member of parliament – cancelled the much-anticipated concert of the Lebanese band, Mashrou’ Leila, due to the band’s work being “incompatible” with Jordanian customs and traditions – waves of dissent echoed through social media. “If this is […]

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