Category Archives: Jordan

Amman’s old school gym for the foreign and the working class

I go to a gym called Man’s Fitness Corner in downtown Amman. There are a few Westerners, but most members are locals or from Africa, the rest of the Middle East and Asia. They’re mostly migrants, refugees, students and other … Continue reading

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Jordanian artist critiques election candidates, draws them as superheroes

In light of my pending move back to Amman, I thought I’d hit the ground running with some election coverage, albeit in an off-beat way. Here’s my interview with Jordanian artist Mohammad Mansour, who drew September election candidates as superheroes … Continue reading

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Teaching guitar and mandolin to Syrian refugees

Second foray into travel writing. This is on my experience teaching Syrian refugee kids guitar and mandolin in Amman, Jordan. If God wills (or maybe still if he doesn’t) I’ll be back teaching them again soon. http://www.internationalteflacademy.com/alumni-stories/rocking-out-with-refugees-in-jordan

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Remember the 18th of December

What happens when a refugee is deported from their host country? Read my telling of these two men’s stories here. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/sudanese-refugees-nervous-deportation-jordan-160201092327205.html

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The other refugees

For the past month, Sudanese refugees in Amman have been protesting and camping out at UNHCR headquarters, decrying alleged discrimination. I spoke to them and the UNHCR and provided this coverage: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/ru/contents/articles/originals/2015/12/sudan-refugees-jordan-unhcr-discrimination.html Also, they took my pic! Amazing what an … Continue reading

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No justice, no peaceā€¦and no Israeli gas

My coverage of Jordan’s latest protest against their gas deal with Israel for Al Monitor. Includes statements from both the protest movement’s leaders and the government ministry pursuing the deal. http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/05/jordan-israel-gas-deal-protests.html

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Do work, Jordan

The Jordanian military is working overtime these days. But does their visible participation in several MENA military conflicts pose a risk to their security? My piece for Rockland County Times examines this. http://www.rocklandtimes.com/2015/04/22/middle-east-on-fire-jordans-military-operations-not-without-risk/

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