Reflections On Meeting Iraqi Christians In Jordan

Justin Welby | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK
Justin Welby

Yesterday we visited St Paul's Anglican Church in Amman, Jordan. It is an extraordinary place - a congregation made up of Jordanians, a few Egyptians, some Syrians (though many of these have been resettled) and Iraqi refugees.

Pictured: Croydon Asylum Attack Teen Named As Police Fear Suspects Remain At Large

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK

More than a dozen people suspected of being involved in an attack that left a teenage asylum seeker scarred for life are feared to be at large, police...

Life On A Syrian Refugee Camp

Anna Sophia Thorne | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK
Anna Sophia Thorne

All of the deaths, disappearances and instances of violence and torture that have affected my Syrian friends' lives should be fiction, could have been fiction if things had turned out differently. But since they haven't, these facts have had to be absorbed into the fabric of people's lives, just as the realities of life on a refugee camp have had to be.

It's All About The Relationship: Advice For Working In The Arab World

Rana Nejem | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK
Rana Nejem

Are you planning to grow your business in the Arab world? Are you about to take up a new position in your company's offices based in Dubai, Kuwait, Amman or Cairo? Then you need to pay special attention to the significance of relationships in this culture.

Jordan's Top Eco Hotspots

Black Tomato | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Black Tomato

With so many iconic historic ruins and world wonders, it can be easy for Jordan's immense nature reserves to fly under the radar. But from desert to mountain, wetland to forest, Jordan is leading the way for the eco-conscious traveller with its beautiful and diverse range of landscapes and community-benefiting experiences, all under the protection of the Royal Society of the Conservation of Nature (more affectionately known as the RSCN). So, with the big focus on sustainable travel for 2017, we're shining a light on the best reserves and eco-chic stays in Jordan.

Katie Price Doesn't Bare All

Karen Dobres | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Karen Dobres

I left amused but ultimately disappointed. I had expected something more insightful, dare I say 'deeper', from the conversation. More fool me. Katie was quoted on the publicity leaflet as saying "No-one will ever work me out", and she turned up and spoke true to her image, right on-brand.

Humanity Embraced Through The Power Of Football

Isha Johansen | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Sport
Isha Johansen

For my Jordan experience (as I fondly now refer to it as) reaffirmed what I have always felt. That there are two types of people in this world: those who make history, and those who are part of making history. Similarly in the world of football, there are two types of people: Those who love the game, and those who use it to change lives.

‘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 02.09.2017 | 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 02.07.2017 | 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 11.06.2017 | 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 25.05.2017 | 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 20.05.2017 | 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 05.05.2017 | 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 12.04.2017 | 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 30.03.2017 | 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 04.02.2017 | 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 02.02.2017 | 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 02.12.2016 | 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 09.11.2016 | 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 29.10.2016 | 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 27.10.2016 | 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 | 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!