“Please Take Us Out, We Are Dying Here”

Yarmouk camp, Damascus. Source: Guardian If a picture’s worth a thousand words, what story do they have to tell when they come together like this? Are they adjectives, like: unbelievable, devastating, unimaginable, inconceivable, inhuman, insane, unreal, depressing, miserable, heartbreaking, despairing, powerless? Or nouns, like: hell, dignity, destruction, fear, sympathy, ocean, humanity, mercy, rubble, refugee, hunger, […]

Media

Why Are Jordanian News Sites Still Bad? And Why Isn’t Porn Blocked Yet?

I’ve been a bit confused about something I’ve observed online recently and maybe a fellow Jordanian out there can shed some light for me. So, over a year ago, while the government was crafting amendments to the Press and Publication law to include the registration (and subsequent censorship) of what the law called “electronic publications” […]

Commentary, Media

For Talal

“You haven’t written for months,” a friend tells you recently. And as you stare at another blank page begging to be filled with words like a canvas needs paint, like a skyline needs a Sun, you realize there’s nothing you can write that someone hasn’t already thought about, written about, or managed to†articulate in a […]

Blogging, Life

When The Jordanian Government Thought Internet Censorship Was a Bad Idea

Photo Courtesy of: Jordan Open Source Association Once upon a time, the Jordanian government thought that censoring the Internet was actually a bad thing. In fact, the government felt that the best regulators of what content users should consume were the users themselves, in the form of the community – parents, schools, etc. Government recognises […]

Blogging, Commentary, Jordan, Jordanian Politics, Media