Jordanian intelligence officers killed in ‘terrorist attack’ north of Amman

Jordanian intelligence officers killed in ‘terrorist attack’ north of Amman

by WorldTribune Staff, June 6, 2016 Three Jordanian intelligence officers were killed in what officials said was a “terrorist attack” on a Palestinian refugee camp near Jordan’s capital of Amman. Jordanian government officials said the attack took place at an office of the General Intelligence Department at the Baqa’a refugee camp. The three intelligence officers and two […]

Arab media report new Jordan PM is pro-Israel

Arab media report new Jordan PM is pro-Israel

by WorldTribune Staff, May 31, 2016 The newly-appointed prime minister of Jordan has “strong Israeli ties”, according to reports in Arab media. Prime Minister Hani Mulki, who was appointed by King Abdullah II on May 29 after the king dissolved parliament, is being described as “pro-Israel”. Husam Abdallat, a former senior government aide at the […]

Jordan’s king dissolves parliament

Jordan’s king dissolves parliament

by WorldTribune Staff, May 30, 2016 King Abdullah dissolved Jordan’s parliament on May 29 and appointed a caretaker prime minister to organize new elections. Abdullah appointed veteran politician Hani Mulqi as prime minister after accepting the resignation of Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, Reuters reported. The main political opposition in Jordan comes from the Muslim Brotherhood, […]

In first, hundreds of Jordanians find employment in Israel

In first, hundreds of Jordanians find employment in Israel

By World Tribune Staff on May 17, 2016 Jordanians for the first time are being allowed to take jobs in Israel as part of a new pilot program. About 700 Jordanians have recently found employment in Israel, The Washington Post reported on May 16. The program between Israel and Jordan will allow 1,500 Jordanians to […]

Jordan cancels concert by pro-gay rights Lebanese band

Jordan cancels concert by pro-gay rights Lebanese band

Special to WorldTribune.com A Lebanese rock bank known for its social activism and support of gay rights was banned from performing in Jordan. Beirut-based Mashrou’ Leila was notified of the ban days before its scheduled April 29 concert in Amman, the band said in a statement on Facebook. Through its support of political and religious […]

Brussels attacks spark self-criticism in Arab media

Brussels attacks spark self-criticism in Arab media

Special to WorldTribune.com While the usual blame-Israel responses cropped up in some Mideast media circles following the Brussels terrorist attacks, a new and noteworthy trend was seen in Arab media. Several media outlets put the blame squarely on Muslim and Arab culture for the attacks which killed 35 and wounded more than 300. A columnist […]

Israel’s Ya’alon and Jordan’s King Abdullah meet in Munich

Israel’s Ya’alon and Jordan’s King Abdullah meet in Munich

Special to WorldTribune.com Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Jordan’s King Abdullah met on Feb. 12 to discuss bilateral relations as well as “ways to breathe life” into the Israel-Palestinian peace process. The meeting, during a security conference in Munich, Germany, was the first between a senior Israeli official and Jordan’s king since the autumn […]

Jordan king: ‘The dam is going to burst’ on Syrian refugees

Jordan king: ‘The dam is going to burst’ on Syrian refugees

Special to WorldTribune.com Jordan can no longer take in Syrian refugees without international assistance, King Abdullah said. The country is at its “boiling point,” Abdullah told the BBC. He said that Jordan has spent 25 percent of its budget on the hundreds of thousands of refugees. “Sooner or later, I think, the dam is going […]

Most Jordanian students have never heard of ‘Al-Aqsa’ holy mosque in Jerusalem

Most Jordanian students have never heard of ‘Al-Aqsa’ holy mosque in Jerusalem

Special to WorldTribune.com The push to codify Al-Aqsa Mosque as a major Islamic holy site doesn’t seem to be catching on in Jordan. A recent poll published by the University of Jordan found that 60 percent of students surveyed had never even heard of the holy mosque in Jerusalem. “This survey has proven once again […]

U.S. widow sues Twitter for giving voice to ISIL

U.S. widow sues Twitter for giving voice to ISIL

Special to WorldTribune.com The widow of an American killed in a Jordan terrorist attack is filing suit against Twitter for giving a voice to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). In the lawsuit, Tamara Fields said the social media company until recently had given jihadists “unfettered” ability to maintain official Twitter accounts to spread […]