Archive for April, 2010

Rebooting Jordan: do we need a bigger kick in the butt than what happened in Salt?

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

The incidents in Al-Salt are just the tip of the iceberg. Wherever we look in Jordan there are signs: rising family and tribal violence, apathy, lack of quality and a way of life divorced from our real means and natural and human resources. The decay is affecting much of our national life: from the disastrous [...]

6 interesting usages of

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Over the past few years, has grown in size and in depth. Ikbis Channels, in particular, have been multiplying in number and are being used by a wide variety of users and organizations: from people sharing a an interest to global broadcasting organizations reaching out to Arab audiences. Here are 6 examples of what [...]

Teacher, artist and, yes, the Sheikh of Amman!

Friday, April 9th, 2010

When the self proclaimed “Sheikh of Amman” comes walking through the door at the SYNTAX offices, its not an ordinary day, especially when he comes unannounced. It’s now over 21 years that I’ve met Ali Maher for the first time, on my first day of being an Architecture student at the University in Jordan, sometime [...]

Burning the spring: how Amman municipality workers tore out the grass and littered our street

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

I just want to follow up on my post from a few days ago, when I wrote about how Amman municipality workers tore out the grass near my place of work (for fire prevention reasons). Here is what happened afterwards. All the torn grass was piled on the sidewalk, where it has bee laying for [...]