Jordan

‘Exquisite’ Statues Of Love Goddess Aphrodite Unearthed In Ancient Site Of Petra

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK

Two marble statues of the mythical Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation have been found in the ancient Jordanian site of Petra. The...

Freedom, Women And Business Etiquette In The Arab World

Rana Nejem | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Politics
Rana Nejem

Freedom, right and wrong, honour and shame are not universal concepts. They mean different things to different people and their bases of reference are not the same across all cultures. Do not fall into the trap of assuming that women who do not drive or women who wear the veil are somehow oppressed and will 'see the light' once they learn more about Western gender equality.

The Non-EU Migration Problem That Can't Be Fixed by Brexit - But Which Could Have Been Solved Years Ago

Dr Michael Arnheim | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Michael Arnheim

The real immigration problem is not migration from the EU but from outside the EU, over which the UK has had complete control all along, but which has soared out of control nevertheless. How did this come about? And how can the problem be solved?

To Be An Actress: A Conversation With Lara Sawalha

Usman Butt | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Usman Butt

Originally from the Jordanian city of Madaba, the Sawalha family includes actors like Nabil (Lara's father), Nadim (Lara's uncle), Juila and Nadia Sawalha.

South of Syria

Baroness Suttie | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Suttie

With the prospect of further fighting in Aleppo the number of refugees trying to enter Jordan is likely to increase yet again this summer and with the best will in the world there are limits to any country's elasticity.

Something Old, Something New: A Guide to the Best of Jordan

Black Tomato | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Black Tomato

Jordan typically conjures images of ancient ruins carved into cliff-faces and vast deserts of swirling ochre sands. Yet from the soothing silence of t...

The Most Welcoming Country in the World?

Baroness Lane Fox | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Tech
Baroness Lane Fox

Sandwiched between Saudi Arabia, Israel, Iraq and Syria things could be so different. Instead of the history of turmoil that each of its neighbors has endured, Jordan has managed to remain peaceful, moderate and welcoming. Two thirds of the population are not native Jordanian - they have moved, migrated or sought asylum from one of the surrounding countries. Imagine that.

Six-Year-Old Girls in Jordan's Za'atari Refugee Camp Draw Tanks, Soldiers and Blood

Jaz O'Hara | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK
Jaz O'Hara

We woke up early for the two hour drive from the city, into the midst of the desert, and there it was... Barbed wire, security and dust; we had our passports and equipment thoroughly checked before entering. As we drove through the camp the vastness of it became clear, sand-coloured shelters in every direction, as far as the eye could see; the homes of 85,000 Syrian refugees.

Heartbreak for Syrian Refugee Family Awaiting a Home

Joelle Bassoul | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK
Joelle Bassoul

Here we are watching rich countries debating yet again whether Syrian refugees should be allowed in or not, whether they pose a security threat or are linked to terrorist groups. At Oxfam, we've been calling for the resettlement of 10 per cent of the most vulnerable five million registered Syrian refugees...

Significant Support From Syria Donor Conference, But Political Solution Urgently Needed

Imran Madden | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Imran Madden

They deserve a better future wherever they are in exile and more importantly, prospects for a more peaceful future in their homeland. The international community must keep up the momentum after this conference and do everything they can to pursue a lasting political solution.

An Adventurer's Guide to Jordan

Black Tomato | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Black Tomato

Jordan is the perfect destination for those seeking unique experiences, ancient cultures and epic adventures, thanks to a never-ending history and som...

To Beat Radicalization, Cameron Must Rebuild Syria, Not Bomb it

Luke McManus | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Politics
Luke McManus

Cameron's new campaign contains no concrete plans for curtailing the above, no plans for injecting life into the economies of these communities once IS has been eradicated and no plans for bringing an end to a civil war which has displaced 9.5 million people. Thus, as seen in Ma'an, a cycle of fight or flight will continue in the absence of any genuine offering of enduring stability for the Syrian people.

A Hand in the Water Is Not Like a Hand in the Fire

Fragkiska Megaloudi | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK
Fragkiska Megaloudi

Since 2011, when the Syrian crisis begun, gradually developing into a civil war (nurtured by internal as well as external forces) the number of dead is estimated around 220,000. It is important to clarify that there is no way to ascertain that number. The UN ceased publishing their own estimates by 2014 as there was no way to verify the actual numbers.

Protecting Children in the Sandstorm of Za'atari

Lily Caprani | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK
Lily Caprani

Each day, new lives are arriving here in the substitute maternity unit in Za'atari, while hundreds more are being killed every day eight miles away in Syria. We alone can't give the children of Syria what they need the most - ceasefire and peace - but we can protect their lives, their bodies and their minds from further harm and help them survive yet another bitter winter here in the Jordanian desert.

The International Community Must Come Together to Agree a Peace Plan for Syria, and Help Refugees Return to Where Their Hearts Lie

Hilary Benn | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Politics
Hilary Benn

All of the people we met are living in a different country because the world has not yet been able to bring this civil war to an end. They did not talk about UN Security Council Resolutions or envoys but what they are looking for more than anything else is for the international community to come together to agree a peace plan for Syria. That would, after all, be the best kind of aid that we could ultimately give them. It is the world's responsibility now to make this happen so that the anxious Mum we met and her four children can pick up their things and go home to where their hearts lie.

'Strictly' Stars Share Loved-Up Wedding Pic On Anniversary

The Huffington Post UK | Matt Bagwell | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Entertainment

Ola Jordan might be out of this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ already, but she had plenty to celebrate on Monday night. READ MORE: James Jo...

Jack Sommers

These Babies Were Born Into Lives Their Syrian Mothers Are Desperate To Escape

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK

Amid sandstorms, crushing poverty and the uncertainty over when they will ever go home, these Syrian women struggle to provide for their children, bor...

The MENA Region Wrestles With Its Genie!

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 13.08.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

Today, some powers and principalities are trying to lure the MENA genie back into its bottle - with brutal force, lavish financial inducements or political shenanigans. But this genie is cunning: it has tasted freedom outside the bottle and sees its own world with different lenses. Its instincts cannot easily be tamed back into the bottle!

King Abdullah's Message to Al-Qaeda and ISIS: Don't Mess with Jordan

Nehad Ismail | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Nehad Ismail

The otherwise taciturn King has emerged suddenly as a terrifying foe to organized terror.

Russell Brand Is Really Angry At Prince Charles Over Muslim Radicalisation Remarks

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK

Russell Brand has taken aim at Prince Charles after he voiced concerns over the “alarming” extent at which young people are becoming radicalised. ...

In the Name of Morality

Robin Lustig | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

After the brutal murder of its captured pilot, Jordan says it intends to step up its air strikes against IS targets and to defeat "this terrorist organisation [that] is not only fighting us, but also fighting Islam and its pure values." The most useful role for the UK and other foreign powers would be to assist, with logistical, training and intelligence support, the efforts of Jordanian, Iraqi and Kurdish forces to defeat IS... Not only because it is a brutal, murderous sect threatening vital UK interests by infecting British-born fighters and others with the virus of its perverted ideology but equally because it is bringing misery to tens of thousands of people in both Iraq and Syria who now live in areas controlled by the sect.

Jordan Releases Slick Footage Of F-16 Jets Bombing Islamic State

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK

The Jordanian government has released a highly choreographed video shows its fighter jets preparing to bomb Syria. State TV showed footage of aeri...

No, Piers Morgan: You Don't Need to Watch Isis Execution Videos to Feel Enraged by Their Actions

Shehnaz Khan | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK
Shehnaz Khan

We know what happened, we know who did it, and we know what we should do- and that on its own should quite frankly be enough. By watching ISIS's videos, we're playing a part in their game, but we shouldn't. We should play ours...

When Jordan's Sharia Court Allows a Minor to Convert to Islam

Rana Sabbagh | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK
Rana Sabbagh

n Jordan, a moderate yet socially-conservative country and for long a beacon for religious co-existence in a turbulent region where intolerance and hate speech is on the rise, a Sharia court has allowed a minor to convert to Islam.

Jordanian King 'Quoted Clint Eastwood' In Vow For Revenge On Islamic State

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK

Upon being told of the horrific death of a Jordanian fighter pilot at the hands of Islamic State, the county’s monarch expressed furious anger and p...