The Black Iris http://black-iris.com Stories from Jordan & beyond. Mon, 04 Jun 2018 14:14:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.11 35559444 JORDAN’S GABBA3AT MOMENT http://black-iris.com/2018/06/04/jordans-gabba3at-moment/ http://black-iris.com/2018/06/04/jordans-gabba3at-moment/#comments Mon, 04 Jun 2018 10:54:30 +0000 http://black-iris.com/?p=4954 “I know how much Jordanians have endured; this is their true mettle. We are working day and night to overcome this difficult situation,” – HM King Abdullah II. I’ve been thinking quite a bit about Jordanian mettle this week. I’ve been thinking of a word that could best describe a Jordanian in the face of […]

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The Stages Of Post-Terrorism Grief In Jordan http://black-iris.com/2016/12/20/the-stages-of-post-terrorism-grief-in-jordan/ http://black-iris.com/2016/12/20/the-stages-of-post-terrorism-grief-in-jordan/#comments Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:50:56 +0000 http://black-iris.com/?p=4926 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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Understanding Amman’s Yellow Taxi Dilemma http://black-iris.com/2016/10/11/understanding-ammans-yellow-taxi-dilemma/ http://black-iris.com/2016/10/11/understanding-ammans-yellow-taxi-dilemma/#respond Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:48:24 +0000 http://black-iris.com/?p=4901 Contributed By: Hamzah Nassif, cialis iMena Group Probably the most misunderstood segment of workers in Jordan, order the taxi drivers went on a protest today to voice their objections to the status quo of their sector. Several regulatory bodies that are collectively in charge of “regulating” the transport sector are still scrambling to catch up […]

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The Jordan-Israeli Gas Deal And Our Perpetual Deja Vu http://black-iris.com/2016/10/06/the-jordan-israeli-gas-deal-and-our-perpetual-deja-vu/ http://black-iris.com/2016/10/06/the-jordan-israeli-gas-deal-and-our-perpetual-deja-vu/#comments Thu, 06 Oct 2016 09:51:43 +0000 http://black-iris.com/?p=4879 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 http://black-iris.com/2016/09/25/on-the-killing-of-nahed-hattar/ http://black-iris.com/2016/09/25/on-the-killing-of-nahed-hattar/#comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:07:16 +0000 http://black-iris.com/?p=4869 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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The Cautious Optimist ’s Guide To Parliamentary Elections http://black-iris.com/2016/07/27/cautious-optimist-s-guide-parliamentary-elections/ http://black-iris.com/2016/07/27/cautious-optimist-s-guide-parliamentary-elections/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2016 05:04:26 +0000 http://black-iris.com/?p=4809 Words: Naseem Tarawnah | Visual: Dimitri Zarzar Whenever parliamentary election season arrives, it always feels like the circus has come to town. On the ground, the big tops go up and constituents fill the election tents to hear fiery speeches, enjoy the free catering, and show their underwhelming support for the candidate they’ve already decided […]

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Jordan’s Erdogan Effect http://black-iris.com/2016/07/18/the-erdogan-effect/ http://black-iris.com/2016/07/18/the-erdogan-effect/#respond Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:10:56 +0000 http://black-iris.com/?p=4792 Words: Naseem Tarawnah | Visual: via Flickr It’s a 2am traffic light on a Friday night in Amman. Several cars waiting patiently for a green signal have their radio’s tuned to BBC Arabic as it reports an attempted coup in Turkey. With a look of concern on every driver’s face, we listen intently to the news […]

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Why Jordan’s Banning Of Mashrou Leila is Problematic http://black-iris.com/2016/04/27/4773/ http://black-iris.com/2016/04/27/4773/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:23:10 +0000 http://black-iris.com/?p=4773 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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On Religious Tolerance In Jordan http://black-iris.com/2015/12/24/tis-the-season-for-religious-tolerance-in-jordan/ http://black-iris.com/2015/12/24/tis-the-season-for-religious-tolerance-in-jordan/#comments Thu, 24 Dec 2015 13:18:35 +0000 http://black-iris.com/?p=4749 Words By: Naseem Tarawnah This year, the Prophet Mohammad and Jesus (PBUT) share that rare day of birthday celebration. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen a flutter of posts marking the occasion, usually in the form of expressing religious tolerance in Jordan. Members and symbols of both Muslim and Christian communities grace the photos, […]

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Yahoo! Closes But Maktoob’s Legacy Continues http://black-iris.com/2015/12/22/yahoo-closes-but-maktoobs-legacy-continues/ http://black-iris.com/2015/12/22/yahoo-closes-but-maktoobs-legacy-continues/#comments Tue, 22 Dec 2015 04:00:05 +0000 http://black-iris.com/?p=4736 Words By: Samih Toukan CoFounder of Maktoob, medical rx see Souq and Jabbar Internet Group A few days ago, advice Yahoo! announced the closure of its Dubai office, its last office in the MENA region, making more than 50 people redundant. This is indeed sad news and one would have wished that Yahoo!Maktoob would grow […]

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How We Turned Away Sudanese Refugees http://black-iris.com/2015/12/20/how-we-turned-away-sudanese-refugees/ http://black-iris.com/2015/12/20/how-we-turned-away-sudanese-refugees/#comments Sun, 20 Dec 2015 18:15:43 +0000 http://black-iris.com/?p=4712 Imagine yourself as a refugee – compelled to flee persecution, stuff 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, troche your neighbors, your family – all victims of mass murder, of […]

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Hussein Alazaat Puts Arabic Calligraphy In Your Wallet http://black-iris.com/2015/12/13/hussein-alazaat-puts-arabic-calligraphy-wallet/ http://black-iris.com/2015/12/13/hussein-alazaat-puts-arabic-calligraphy-wallet/#comments Sun, 13 Dec 2015 19:44:59 +0000 http://black-iris.com/?p=4648 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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From Brussels With Love http://black-iris.com/2015/11/21/from-brussels-with-love/ http://black-iris.com/2015/11/21/from-brussels-with-love/#comments Sat, 21 Nov 2015 16:57:33 +0000 http://black-iris.com/?p=4632 Words By: Naseem Tarawnah Between the persistent rain and grey skies, Brussels is a gloomy place to be this week. Belgian military roams the streets in pairs, their camouflaged uniforms contrasting the tidy blue of the Capital’s police. On Friday night, the streets are filled with fervent conversations. The smell of Belgian beer permeates through […]

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Tales From Jordanians In Paris http://black-iris.com/2015/11/16/tales-from-jordanians-in-paris/ http://black-iris.com/2015/11/16/tales-from-jordanians-in-paris/#respond Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:03:37 +0000 http://black-iris.com/?p=4611 It is 10:17pm Paris time when I receive a message from a friend in Brussels: “You okay? Have you heard the news?” Somewhere also from Brussels, at least one car has arrived in Paris carrying men armed with ammunition and a willingness to kill. My small apartment is a 15-minute drive from the heart of […]

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Amman’s Infrastructure: 5 Things Worth Fixing Before Blaming It On Climate Change http://black-iris.com/2015/11/12/ammans-infrastructure-5-things-worth-fixing-before-blaming-it-on-climate-change/ http://black-iris.com/2015/11/12/ammans-infrastructure-5-things-worth-fixing-before-blaming-it-on-climate-change/#respond Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:11:21 +0000 http://black-iris.com/?p=4583 Over the past week, many people have speculated that the recent rain floods in Amman were the result of the unusually heavy rainfall. Others have hypothesized that it is in fact the drastic increase in the city’s population. Meanwhile, the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM), and a few other authorities, depended on similar arguments, attributing the […]

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