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…
“…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.
“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.
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.
A Global Voices Roundup by Naseem Tarawnah