Jordanian Blogs: A Snow Day & Other Mid-March Tales

The biggest story to take the Jordanian blogosphere by storm seems to be the strange weather lately. A snow storm swept the country for 24 hours and many bloggers had many things to say about it. Most got their cameras out to take a shot of the crazy weather and every frame had a very different story to tell; as unique as snowflakes.


[Photo Credit: Nas of The Black Iris]

International Women’s Day was on March 8th and a few Jordanian bloggers shared their opinions on the occasion, especially with regards to the status of women in Jordan. Her Majesty Queen Rania generated a little buzz when she posted a question on Yahoo! Answers asking “what are you doing to empower women in your country?”. And while on the topic, Khalidah shares her first published article on what it means to be a 30 something single woman in Jordanian society.

Batir Wardam has an interesting piece on AIDS vulnerability in Jordan while also looking at our growing thirst for advertisements.

BBC Radio held a debate in Amman recently asking how the Internet has changed our world. Amongst the panelists were bloggers Naseem Tarawnah and Roba Al-Assi who shared their experiences about the role of blogging in Jordan and the Middle East.

On the political front…

The Corporate Governance and Responsibility Forum was held at the Dead Sea recently and blogger Eyas was able to attend and offer us some of his reflections.

Arrabi looks at the problem of education in Jordan while Khalaf has taken an interest in recent discussions in the media on scientific research.

“…a bigger issue is that nobody in a position to make decisions actually reads research results anyway. This is a well known problem, and the sad fact is that getting officials interested enough in genuinely innovative research projects and results is almost impossible” says Khalaf.

Sure Jordan has become very pricey these days but Oula feels we’re consuming too much, while Mohanned thinks it’s all due to the influx of refugees.


“Il 7abeh bi Leira!” (One Dinar Each!)
[Photo Credit: Roba Al-Assi]

Haitham Sabbah is proud that Palestinians have come together to form the first unity government, but remains skeptical of Israel’s dedication to the peace process. From a house demolition in the West Bank to a naked and drunk Israeli ambassador in South America and the IOF’s use of minors as human shields, Haitham gives us a run down of all the happenings west of the river.

Elsewhere…

Jordan’s canyons are indeed beautiful but often times obscure. Rakan Mehyar goes trekking in one such canyon: Zarqat Ma’in, and comes back with an adventurous story. Meanwhile, Local band Sign Of Thyme played at Jafra cafe recently and Mazen Al-Ali has an excellent review of their performance.

Lina’s found a new place in Amman to go for a morning run and tells us a little about the documentary workshop she’s been attending while Ahmad Humeid looks at the growing design scene in Jordan.

A Global Voices Roundup by Naseem Tarawnah

8 comments
Nas
Nas

Kinzi: the homosexuality 'debate' was an issue i felt might not be fully resolved i.e. i expect that someone might had something more to say on the issue so i delayed it for the sake of being comprehensive. thanks for reading :-)

kinzi
kinzi

Nas, another great round-up! I'm sure the homosexuality debate will make the April issue...:(

Nas
Nas

thanks for reading qwaider

Qwaider قويدر
Qwaider قويدر

Good stuff Nas. I'm disappointed that the heated homosexual debate didn't make it to the list. But tomorrow is another day Thanks a bunch

Nas
Nas

thanks for reading firas

Firas
Firas

Thanks Naseem for doing this.

Nas
Nas

thanks for reading dana

Dana
Dana

Well done!