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Syrian refugee children stage King Lear

The challenge itself was Shakespearean in scope: one Syrian director decided to retell Shakespeare’s celebrated tragedy King Lear using a cast of 100 Syrian refugee children. The backdrop was not ancient Britain but Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Read more...

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Tribal tensions lead to bloodbath at a Jordanian university

 
Bloody clashes took place on the campus of Maan University, in southern Jordan, on Monday. Our Observer is worried about the increase in armed attacks on campuses to settle scores, mostly due to tribal tensions. Read more...
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Floods and misery for Syrian refugees

 
When they first arrived last summer, the sun shone brightly over Zaatari refugee camp. Today, Syrian refugees who have fled their homeland to neighbouring Jordan face daily deluges of heavy rain, which are damaging their fragile new homes. Read more…
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Protests in Jordan intensify: “Down with King Abdullah!”

 
Protests took place on Wednesday in several Jordanian cities following the announcement of a hike in the price of oil and gas. Hundreds of people participated in these protests. At times, the protests turned violent, with government buildings set on fire and shops looted in the cities of Maan, Tafila, and Karak. Read more...
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Jordanian man washes his children in public to denounce water shortage

 
This amateur video has created a buzz on the Internet in Jordan over the past few days: outside a building owned by the state-owned water distribution company, a man uses one of the company’s taps to give his children a shower. The video, throughout which the children giggle, would have been amusing if it didn’t highlight a problem Jordanians face every day: a severe lack of clean water. Read more...
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Syrian refugees face 'miserable conditions' in Jordanian desert

 
With more and more refugees from Syria crossing the border into Jordan, authorities have had to build a new camp to accommodate new arrivals. Located in the desert, temperatures in the camp can reach 40°C (around 100°F), and strong winds whip up the sandy terrain. According to our Observer, who visited the site, living conditions are so harsh that some refugees regret having fled to Jordan at all. Read more…
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Down with the Israeli mango!

A demonstration of farmers and unionists ended in 11 arrests on Sunday. Jordan and Israel might have signed a peace agreement in 1994, but these Jordanians take no heed of it in their protest over fruit and vegetable imports from the Jewish state. Read more...

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YouTubers will be let down by the Queen of Jordan

The latest member of the YouTube community is none other than Queen Rania of Jordan. In an effort to challenge western stereotypes about the Arab world, the net-surfing monarch decided to launch an online debate. Yet, after attracting almost 5000 responses, she seems to have lost interest in the scheme. Read more...

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