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Syrian Refugee Girls Married Off for Protection

Though it is common for Syrian children to be married before 18, displacement has made marriage take on a new urgency. With rumors of rape and kidnapping roaming Syrian refugee camps, families often believe the best option for their girls is to be wed as soon as possible.

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Jordan’s King Abdullah Sees a ‘New Taliban’ Rising in Syria

As he watches neighboring Syria “implode,” the king of Jordan worries that the country will fracture and become a hotbed of religious extremism.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Syria: Obama Has Contingency Plans for Chemical Weapons

The president says he is not eager to dive into Syria’s 17-month-old civil war, but his administration has “put together a range of contingency plans” in case embattled strongman Bashar al-Assad decides to move or use the stockpiles of chemical weapons he is alleged to hold.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Syrian Pilot Defects in His MiG

A Syrian fighter pilot landed his MiG-21 at Jordan’s King Hussein military base Thursday morning after abandoning a training exercise. His defection is believed to be the first involving a Syrian military aircraft since the uprising began 16 months ago.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Negotiators Lower Expectations Ahead of Mideast Peace Talks

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are scheduled to meet in Jordan on Tuesday, but don’t expect fireworks. Nothing has changed since Palestinians threw up their hands at continued Israeli settlement construction.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Making Repression Our Business: The Pentagon’s Secret Training Missions in the Middle East

As the Arab Spring blossomed and President Obama hesitated about whether to speak out in favor of protesters seeking democratic change in the Greater Middle East, the Pentagon forged ever deeper ties with some of the region’s most repressive regimes.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Jordan’s King to Syria’s President: Time to Go

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has drawn criticism from leaders of neighboring nations, most notably those in the Arab League, for his iron-fisted crackdown on dissenters in his country. On Monday, King Abdullah of Jordan ramped up the pressure on Assad to step down by ... (more)

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AP / Lefteris Pitarakis

Egypt’s Effects Go Beyond Its Borders

What’s happening in the streets of Cairo and elsewhere around Egypt is likely to lead to substantial changes in that country that could well be contagious across the region.

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Thousands Take to Streets in Jordan

As protests continue to rock Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt, add Jordan to the list of troubled Arab states, as thousands of people took to the streets of Amman on Friday to demand political change and more freedom.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Thibault Camus

Tunisian Revolution Shakes, Inspires Middle East

Every state and movement in the Middle East is reading into the events in Tunisia its own anxieties and aspirations.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE


Guess Who’s Coming to the Table?

There is no serious reason to consider direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority anything other than a political pantomime, although believers—if such remain—may pray for a miracle.

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Drew Angerer

Treat Palestinians Like Jews

If nothing else, this assault on decency by the Israeli government was clearly intended to derail the peace talks that President Barack Obama has encouraged. But instead of calling Israel on its savagery, the U.S. is virtually alone in the world in its embarrassingly mild rebuke.

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Alex Brandon

U.S., Jordan Urge Israelis and Palestinians to Reboot Peace Talks

As part of the multinational Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, President Barack Obama met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Monday to discuss, among other things, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to encourage both sides to resume proximity peace talks, according to the AFP.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Emilio Morenatti

Two-State Dissolution

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is allegedly trying to sabotage the possibility of a two-state solution in the Middle East by insisting that Israel would continue to maintain a military presence along the borders of any future Palestinian state.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


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U.N. Combats Violence Against Women, With Help From Men

On Wednesday, the 10th anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the creation of a network of men tapped to serve as male role models in the fight against gender-based violence.

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE



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Rabin Turns in His Grave

Uri Avnery remembers Yitzhak Rabin, Yasser Arafat and the historic Oslo agreement that has since turned to mush. “The public memory,” Avnery warns, “is trying nowadays to obliterate” Rabin’s “inner revolution” toward peace with the Palestinians.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE


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A ‘New Homeland’ for West Bank Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday strongly opposed President Obama’s call to freeze settlement activity in the West Bank. The Israeli parliament, meantime, has proposed that Jordan should become the new homeland of those Palestinians living on the West Bank, but the Jordanian government is not exactly thrilled by that idea.

Posted on Jun 1, 2009 READ MORE


Piracy of Africa [A Cartoon From Jordan]

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Getting the Story on Gaza

In this installment of BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen’s diary about the Israeli-Palestinian war, Bowen describes how, thanks in part to technology, the word on Gaza is getting out despite the Israeli ban on foreign journalists.

Posted on Jan 15, 2009 READ MORE


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Theatrum Belli

Why Do They Hate the West So Much, We Will Ask

So once again, Israel has opened the gates of hell to the Palestinians. Forty civilian refugees dead in a United Nations school, three more in another. Not bad for a night’s work in Gaza by the army that believes in “purity of arms”. But why should we be surprised?

Posted on Jan 9, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Dan Balilty

Gaza Clouds Obama’s Prospects

So, why didn’t they give peace a chance? Why did the leaders of Hamas and Israel not wait for the incoming U.S. president’s inauguration before mutually escalating hostilities?

Posted on Dec 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Film Gets Up Close With Iraqi Refugees

Two million Iraqis are living as refugees in Syria and Jordan, and the U.S. seems to be doing nothing to help the vast majority of them despite occupying their country while posing as a savior. A new film, “The Hard Way Home,” produced by the BBC to give faces to that depressing number, is available on YouTube in six parts. Here is the first.

Posted on Aug 14, 2008 READ MORE


Obama the Peacemaker

Before leaving Jordan for neighboring Israel, Barack Obama promised to pursue peace between Israelis and Palestinians “starting from the minute I’m sworn into office,” and to “be concerned and recognize the legitimate difficulties that the Palestinian people are experiencing right now.” His deference to impartiality comes a month after the candidate seemed to cede the city of Jerusalem, whether accidentally or not, to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Posted on Jul 22, 2008 READ MORE


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Dozens Killed in Sudan Plane Crash

A Sudan Airways passenger jet carrying around 200 people crashed while landing at the Khartoum airport late Tuesday, skidding off the runway during stormy weather, catching fire and splitting in half. Dozens of people on the craft were reported killed after earlier estimates placed the toll much higher.

Posted on Jun 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Israel Reportedly Ready to Return Golan

“Informed sources” say the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a historically contested area between Israel and Syria, may soon find itself under new management. The two countries, which have been at war with each other since 1973, are both looking to resume the stalled 2000 peace talk process, which Syria has declared will not happen until the Golan Heights are returned.

Posted on Apr 23, 2008 READ MORE


Under Construction

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Posted on Mar 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Iraq Exploding as Shiite Fights Shiite

A new civil war may be looming in Iraq as American-backed Iraqi government forces battle Shiite militiamen for control of Basra and parts of Baghdad.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008 READ MORE


Jolie in Iraq
AP photo / U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Lorie Jewell

Angelina Jolie: Now’s the Time to Help Iraqis

For those inclined to ask “who cares?” every time a celebrity-and-politics news item makes the rounds, consider it asked already. For everyone else, The Washington Post published an opinion piece by actress Angelina Jolie on Thursday about the problem of Iraqi refugees fleeing to Syria, Jordan and “a vast and very dangerous no-man’s land” within their own borders. Now, Jolie says, is the time for Americans to “do some of the good we always stated we intended to do.”

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


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bbc.co.uk

U.S. Army Officer Cleared in Abu Ghraib Case

The disgrace brought on the U.S. by members of the military who participated in the abuse of prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison will likely linger for some time, but one of the key Army figures involved in the case, Lt. Col. Steven Jordan (pictured), has been cleared of any serious charges from the 2003 scandal.

Posted on Jan 12, 2008 READ MORE


Congressmen’s Plane Dodges Fire in Iraq

Three U.S. senators and a member of the House got a taste of life in the combat zone when their military cargo plane came under attack by rocket-propelled grenades as they left Baghdad en route to Jordan Thursday night.

Posted on Aug 31, 2007 READ MORE


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If We Ever ‘Stabilize’ Iraq, Will Anybody Still Live There?

According to the U.N., roughly 50,000 Iraqis flee their homeland each month, bringing the total of refugees so far to over 2 million—in addition to the 2 million displaced within Iraq. The United States, for its part, has welcomed just 133 Iraqi refugees over the last nine months.

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE


More Insufficiently Grateful Iraqis

More bad news for the more than 2 million Iraqis who have fled their occupied country: The Bush administration, after admitting fewer than 800 Iraqi refugees into the U.S. in the first three years of the occupation, has failed miserably to follow through on its promise to admit 7,000 more by the end of September.

Posted on Jul 9, 2007 READ MORE


Arab States Create Israel ‘Contact Group’

A number of Arab foreign ministers have appointed Egypt and Jordan to meet with Israel over a peace proposal that would normalize relations between the Jewish state and the Arab world in exchange for a long list of concessions, some very unlikely to be met.

Posted on Apr 19, 2007 READ MORE


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DiCaprio Eyes al-Qaida Drama

Leonardo DiCaprio is circling the lead role in Ridley Scott’s upcoming film “Body of Lies,” adapted from the novel by Washington Post scribe David Ignatius.  If he signs on to the project, DiCaprio will play a CIA agent working in Jordan to hunt down an al-Qaida operative, according to Variety.

Posted on Apr 9, 2007 READ MORE


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Iraq President Hospitalized

After a brief stint in an Iraqi hospital, President Jalal Talabani was flown to Jordan, where he was again hospitalized. His office said there was no cause for worry, but inconsistent reports on his status have clouded the picture—he’s either suffering from kidney problems or low blood pressure, depending on who is asked.

Posted on Feb 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Mideast Anxiety Deflates Bush Jaunt

Separate trips by Bush, Cheney and Rice to the Middle East were meant to demonstrate the administration’s diplomatic prowess but backfired when the Americans met with Arab leaders who were panicked, distraught and vocal.

Posted on Dec 3, 2006 READ MORE


Summit Delayed After Doubts Raised About Iraqi PM

President Bush’s meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was postponed after the N.Y. Times disclosed U.S. doubts about the Iraqi PM’s capacity to control the civil war.

Posted on Nov 29, 2006 READ MORE


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An Awkward Rendezvous

President Bush is set to travel to Jordan next week for a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.  The event might be a bit uncomfortable for the pair, now that the Iraqi government has responded to the flirtations of Iran and Syria.

Posted on Nov 22, 2006 READ MORE


Jordan Lashes Out at U.S. and Israel

The king of Jordan, a U.S. ally, has publicly criticized America and Israel over the fighting in Lebanon, and said the only way to achieve peace is to end Israeli occupation of Arab lands.
Apparently the entire Mideast is against America and Israel

Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


Israel Unveils Plan to Encircle Palestinian State

Unsettling prospects: “If the Jewish state were to annex all of the Jordan Valley, which is dotted with small settlements, it would leave a future Palestinian state on the West Bank entirely surrounded by Israel and without a direct link to neighbouring countries.” | story

Posted on Feb 8, 2006 READ MORE


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