The Stages Of Post-Terrorism Grief In Jordan Fighting Extremism Will Take More Than Storming A Castle

Photo By: Faridon Abida Words By: Naseem Tarawnah Whenever a tragic act of terrorism like the one that unfolded earlier this week in Karak happens, there’s usually a feeling of repetition; the feeling that we’ve seen this all before. But in conventional reactionary form, there’s a tendency to get bogged down in the details of […]

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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 […]

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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, troche 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 […]

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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 […]

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