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Jordan gears up for parliamentary elections

by Adam Nicky, The Media Line

December 26, 2012 | 10:13 am

Jordan's King Abdullah in London on Dec. 11. Photo by Neil HallReuters

Campaigning for Jordan's parliamentary elections kicked off this week with tribesmen, former army generals and businesspersons rushing to join the race.

Early surveys predict less than a... read full article

  • Support for Hamas soars

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    December 18, 2012 | 3:29 pm

    A new poll shows growing support for the Islamist Hamas movement in both the West Bank and Gaza. If the elections were held today, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would beat Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

    The poll, by veteran pollster Khalil Shikaki of the Palestinian Center for...

  • Egypt prepares for controversial referendum

    by Dalia Rabie, The Media Line

    December 13, 2012 | 4:21 pm

    Amr Mohammed, a student, huddled in a tent near the Egyptian Presidential Palace. His finger, which he says was broken in a violent clash with police last week, is still swollen. Several of his friends together with him in the tent sport large bandages.

    Mohammed says he joined...

  • Is Syria bluffing on chemical weapons?

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    December 6, 2012 | 10:20 am

    As rebel forces move closer to Damascus, there are reports of activity in Syrian chemical weapons sites, raising fears in the region that Syria could use those chemical weapons. NBC News reported that the Syrian army has loaded bombs with precursors of Sarin nerve gas which could...

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  • Syrian fighting decimates tourism industry

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    December 3, 2012 | 10:38 am

    Damascus is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. International flights into and out of the capital continued despite throughout 20-months of fighting between troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and the rebels seeking to depose him. But as...

  • Morsi’s decree leaves U.S. in hot seat

    by Dalia Rabie, The Media Line

    November 29, 2012 | 10:45 am

    [Cairo] As a staunch advocate of democracy, the American administration’s position was brought into question when Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi awarded himself sweeping powers in a game-changing constitutional declaration announced last week.

    The declaration, which rendered the...

  • Shiites in Jordan maintained low profile while marking Ashura observance

    by Adam Nicky, The Media Line

    November 27, 2012 | 10:26 am

    [KARAK] Sectarian tensions in Syria have tainted this year’s marking of the Ashura day of mourning among Shiites in Jordan, as conservative tribes in the south of the kingdom threatened to demolish a Shiite Husaynya, a place of worship currently under construction.

    When Shiite...

  • Gazans in Jordan scramble for news about relatives

    by Adam Nicky, The Media Line

    November 19, 2012 | 9:20 am

    [Jerash “Gaza” Refugee Camp, Jordan] With one eye on Skype and the other fixed on the television screen, Salma anxiously searched for news about her father, two brothers and younger sister in the Gaza Strip. “I am suffering so much. I do not know how I will handle not being near my...

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