Jordan

Syria's Spillover Effect on Jordan

Nikita Malik | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

The Jordanian border is difficult to police. There are more than 40 crossing points, and they are used by both refugees fleeing Syria's civil war and smugglers. Although border guards receive Syrians seeking refuge in Jordan on a daily basis, they must increasingly watch for infiltrators from both sides.

This Picture Of A Syrian Boy Crossing The Desert Will Break Your Heart

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK

Just a few steps away from safety, in the chaos of crossing the Jordanian border, four-year-old Marwan was separated from his family. Suddenly alon...

Understanding Social Media in the Middle East

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

In my part of the world, the Middle East, Facebook is equally popular. In fact there are those who have argued that Facebook played a fundamental role in some of the political changes we have seen in the past couple of years.

Jordan Is Not the Next Arab State to Fall

Nehad Ismail | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Nehad Ismail

Jordan has survived the toughest of times in the last three years enduring the stresses and strains of the regional upheavals and wars. A number of prominent commentators predicted that Jordan looked vulnerable and ready to be swept away by the Arab Spring Tsunami. More than three years later, Jordan remains a haven of stability and common sense in a mad region

Starvation Is a War Crime - The World's Message to Parties of the Syria Conflict

Justin Byworth | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Justin Byworth

"If you can't stop the war then at least send us steel shelters so children have somewhere to hide, and send us some food so that people don't starve. The children in Syria are so hungry they are eating mud." These are the stark words of 12-year-old Syrian refugee Zeina to world leaders ahead of peace talks this week, which will determine her country's fate.

Successful Commons Debate on UK Relations With the Kurdistan Region

Gary Kent | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Commons, for the second time in a year, returned last week to debating the Kurdistan Region and, specifically, British relations with it. This is very unusual given that Kurdistan is a faraway place of which most British people are unaware. Such debates can change that.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 57 - New Year and Resolutions

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

Leaving the warmth of Aqaba in the south of Jordan and driving up Highway 15 for three and a half hours towards Amman in a minibus piloted by a fresh-faced boy wearing a scarf, a beanie and sunglasses, provided a surreal new version of the expectation which New Year's Eve usually engenders.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 56 - Christmas in Jordan

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The biblical sites of Jordan jostle for prominence with the Roman, the Byzantine, the Nabatean, the Crusader, the Mamluk, the Abbasid, etc. The country is crammed full of places to see and from which to learn.

Jordan's King Helps Dig Car Out Of Snow

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK

The Jordanian Royal Family have played the whole 'snow in the Middle East' thing very well. King Abdullah, of the Hashemite Royal Family, ever the...

IN PICTURES: Snow Hits The Middle East

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.12.2013 | UK

The snow that has blanketed much of the Middle East turned Cairo white on Friday - with local news reports claiming it was Egypt's capital's first sno...

Field Diary: A Visit to Jordan's Borderlands

Toby Fricker | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
Toby Fricker

The 200 to 500 refugees who arrive daily in Jordan now cross at the north-eastern border areas, which, despite challenging desert conditions, are safer to reach from the Syrian side. "Only the badly wounded cross here now," Salah tells us.

Israel Wiped Off The Map by World's Largest Children's Book Publisher

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Israel has literally been wiped off the map - by the world's biggest children's book publisher. Scholastic Inc's latest tome in the popular Geroni...

The Perks and Pitfalls of Studying Abroad

Luke McManus | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Luke McManus

When I discovered that my language degree required me to spend a year's study in the Middle East, I couldn't work out how I felt. Was it excitement or apprehension? Becoming an international student means many things; poor exchange rates, unfamiliar culture and language barriers are to name but a few.

Turkey: Between Ottomanism and Erdoganism in the MENA Region?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

It is almost three years now that the world has been watching with some measure of awe the uprisings that have taken hold of parts of the Middle East ...

Syria - The Trojan Women

Charlotte Eagar | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Politics
Charlotte Eagar

I stood in the Frontline Club behind the podium, staring at the row of faces I was asking for money. Behind me on a projector ran a constant loop of harrowing images from the Syrian war - the dead, the wounded, the broken cities; young men with gasmasks to protect against chemical weapons attacks, women and children forced to leave their homes, huddled, hundreds to a room in the foreign lands where they've been forced to take refuge.

WATCH: MP Fires AK-47 At Opponent During Heated Parliament Session

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK

The House Of Commons can get heated, but at least a Member of Parliament has never fired an AK-47 at a colleague during PMQs. However, that's exact...

A Border That Breaks: Jordan as the Alternative Homeland

Nikita Malik | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

Earlier this week, the United Nations declared Syria's refugee crisis the 'humanitarian calamity' of the century. Every day, roughly 5,000 refugees flee Syria with little more than the clothes on their backs. The number of Syrians who have left their war-ravaged country has risen to more than two million. A year ago, that number was 230,671.

Syrian Refugees Just Want to Return to Their Homes... If There's Anything Left of Them

Kate Rose | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK
Kate Rose

It's a hard thing to imagine, a war zone.... Most adults are unable to work, their children unable to attend school, and it's difficult to afford basics like utilities, water and health care. So they sit in their homes and wait, while children slowly give up on their dreams for the future.

A Refugee Child Who Has Touched My Heart

Sybella Wilkes | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK
Sybella Wilkes

For over two years, many of these children have had their lives interrupted and have often had to miss school for long periods of time. Many have escaped horrors no child should witness.... Despite all they have been through, these resilient children have inspired so many around them. These photos portray some of the many children who have touched the hearts of UNHCR staff.

Abu Qatada's Family Leave UK

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK

The wife and two children of the radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada have now left the UK, it has been revealed. The family follow Qatada, who left ...

Children of the Revolution

Sara Daoud | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sara Daoud

One of the success stories of this tech-savvy revolution is that of Bassem Youssef, an Egyptian satirist whose political parodies posted on YouTube have lead to his own television show and a worldwide following. Despite coming under attack by Islamists, Youssef has remained popular as the voice of dissent.

Who Is Abu Qatada?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK

Enraging politicians, campaigners and his neighbours alike, controversial preacher Abu Qatada has become a household name for all the wrong reasons. ...

Abu Qatada 'Expected in Jordan By Sunday'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK

Abu Qatada is expected to arrive in Jordan by Sunday, the AFP news agency has reported. The legal treaty between the UK and Jordan ensuring that th...

Abu Qatada Deportation Edges Closer As Jordan Publishes Treaty

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK

A treaty geared towards ejecting radical cleric Abu Qatada from the country has moved another step toward to full ratification. The agreement, whic...

The UK Must Act Now to Protect Syria's Children From Sexual Violence

Rob Williams | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK
Rob Williams

In April this year Angelina Jolie and William Hague announced that the G8 nations had agreed a historic commitment to work together to stop rape and sexual violence in conflict... The UK has expended a great deal of diplomatic energy on this issue... The problem is that we found no evidence of any activities, determined or otherwise, to stop rape in Zaatari camp.