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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 […]

Commentary, Culture

How We Turned Away Sudanese Refugees Jordan's Decision To Deport Refugees Tarnishes A Legacy

Imagine yourself as a refugee – compelled to flee persecution, forced to flee the only homeland you’ve ever known. You come from a place where stories of brutality are the norm. A place where the characters in these stories are your friends, your neighbors, your family – all victims of mass murder, of rape, of […]

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Hussein Alazaat Puts Arabic Calligraphy In Your Wallet Pay Close Attention To That Dinar In Your Pocket.

To say Hussein Alazaat is passionate about Arabic calligraphy would be a terrible understatement. Scroll through his Twitter feed and you’ll find an eclectic mix of photos featuring vintage Arabic type from storefronts, children books, billboards and even sewer covers in Jordan, Kuwait and beyond. A senior designer at SYNTAX – a leading design and branding studio […]

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