A Blog from Amman, Jordan, Online Since 2004.

Month: December 2008

When the kuffyyeh lost its place to a black garbage bag with two holes in it

…we lost another battle.

Maybe a little part of the problem: 38 Saudi flags and ONE Palestinian flag.

Faction flags are unnecessary at such times (and that goes to you waving the red flags as well…all four of you).

December Status Update

In the waiting rooms of the hospital, people forgot all about their worries and horded around a 24″ tv unit suspended from the cieling. All you could hear from the corridors was the sound of sirens, gunshots, and chaotic yelling coming loudly from the television.

Ghazeh. Again.

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Status Updates through the ages:

Beginning of November Status update
September and the summer is over
The end of August
Weekend Update
Beginning of January
Feelings going around this February
April Sentiments
Status Update Special: Lubnan
June and things are getting brighter
Cause you know, there’s no one from home to support
August Status Update
End of September Status Update

Jesus is Palestinian: Christmas in Bethlehem

It’s the season for Christmas and Christmas is strong in presence even in communities where Christians account for a very small percentage of the population. I believe that Christmas in Amman is even more apparent in the city’s mood than Muslim festivities. But I guess that’s just natural. Christmas is all about gifts, and that pleases the businesses and so they advertise it. Christmas is friendly and happy, definitely a lot more festive than slaughtered sheep. Christmas comes in packages prepacked from the Western stores that dominate West Amman. And Christmas is fun- Christmas trees, Christmas jingles, and Papa Noels.

Christmas is everywhere. Christmas is beautiful.

But I digress. People are proud of local products, and I think that all Palestinians, regardless of faith, should be proud of Christmas. I’m proud of Christmas. Afterall, it is one of the most influential top three things to happen to the world in its entire history.

And it was made in Palestine. فخر الصناعة الوطنية :)

Anyway, some pictures of Christmas in the little town where Jesus was born, Bethlehem:

Bethlehem_40 by you.

Bethlehem_37 by you.

Bethlehem_32 by you.

Bethlehem_24 by you.

Bethlehem_27 by you.

Bethlehem_9 by you.

Bethlehem_16 by you.

Bethlehem_7 by you.

Bethlehem_6 by you.

Bethlehem_3 by you.

Merry Christmas everyone!
These pictures are taken from the Upi website, and there are more there.

Lending Shelf: All My Friends Are Superheroes


Although “All My Friends Are Superheroes” by Andrew Kaufman will not take more than 30-minutes to read, the joy of reading it will stay with you for days after you put it away.

A beautiful book by all standards, it makes you think about the weakness that makes you special. We spent days at the office trying to figure out our super powers are after passing this book around. I think if I was a superhero, I’d be the Googler. “Google it, you idiot.”
An excerpt from the book: “Tom’s second superhero girlfriend was TV Girl. As a child, TV Girl loved television. She could empathize with the people on television in ways she couldn’t with real-life people. She watched so much television, caring so much about the people she watched, that her connection with television became biological. She started crying televisions. When TV Girl was sad, little television sets would flow down her face.”

As I’ve written posts that are longer than the entire book, don’t expect character development beyond a paragraph each. Expect crisp language, little insights into characters that make you want to beg for more (but you know you ain’t getting more), and a lot of laughing outloud. Short and sweet. And highly recommended.

Have anyone read “All My Friends Are Superheroes”?

Other book reviews:

Other book reviews on AndFarAway:

The Mists of Avalon 
All My Friends are Superheroes 
The Lord of the Rings
His Dark Materials
Harry Potter
Blood and Gold
Fatal Identities
The Time Traveller’s Wife
The Alchemist
Eleven Minutes

Eid Al-Adha throughout the world

These are some of the beautiful images of the Eid Al-Adha that were posted on the Boston Globe’s photo-blog. Although not religious, I can’t help but feel amazed when I see the diversity of people, mentalities, and ethnicities, coming together under one banner, in such perfect harmony unity and such perfect unity that they fail to accomplish in their personal and public lives.

To see the rest of the pictures, visit the blog itself.

Hope you had a wonderful Eid.

















A would-have been eulogy

I did not know the three young men and woman who passed away in the accident in Aqaba last night, so this is not a eulogy. They were my brother’s classmates though, and they were seventeen. They were supposed to finish highschool this July, they were planning for their prom, applying to universities, and this world just is not a very fair place. So perhaps the right word for this post is condolences, but that doesn’t sound as sincere.

It feels too little to just pass my condolences to the parents, families, and friends of Mahdi Odeh, Raya Shukri, Laith Bustami and Fadi Massoud, but I feel obliged to say something. May their souls be at peace.

Cube Hot Shoe

Via Core77

This game is so insanely hypnotizing i can’t stop playing. It is definitely my favorite all-time flash game. Wow. After finishing all 11 levels, I am in awe at my prize. The secret of the universe.


My grandmother and my aunt, circa 1948. Nablus, Palestine.

Found in Translation


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