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Jordan cancels concert by pro-gay rights Lebanese band

Lebanese rock band Mashrou' Leila

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, […]

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Brussels attacks spark self-criticism in Arab media

Belgian flags seen at a street memorial service in Brussels.  /Reuters

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 […]

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

Joran's King Abdullah, left, and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon

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, […]

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

Syrian refugees at a camp in Jordan.

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 […]

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

Al-Aqsa Mosque

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 […]

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

Lloyd 'Carl' Fields

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 […]

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‘Poisoned Islamist tree has borne fruit’: Jordan scholars urge ridding curricula of ideas that celebrate death

Boys gather around an Imam at a mosque during a religious class in Amman, Jordan.  /AP/Raad Adayleh

Special to WorldTribune.com As thousands of its youth join Islamic jihadist organizations, Jordan is being called on to reform an education system entrenched in “a new culture that hates life” and “celebrates death.” As many as 4,000 Jordanians have joined […]

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‘Mein Kampf’ back on sale for first time since WWII

A copy of Mein Kampf being sold at a WH Smith store at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan.  /Photo by Saul Sadker

Special to WorldTribune.com A British bookstore at Jordan’s main airport is now stocking Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”. Hitler’s anti-Semitic autobiographical manifesto was seen in the Bestseller section of the WH Smith store at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. Saul […]

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Arabs aren’t fighting ISIL and here’s why

Emirati pilots at an air base in Jordan.

Special to WorldTribune.com Arab states are mostly “laying low” in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) for a few main reasons, analysts say. While several states are part of the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels […]

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Jordan’s King Abdullah: ‘We are facing a Third World War’ against ISIL

King Abdullah II of Jordan

Special to WorldTribune.com The fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is a “Third World War” with ramifications that “bring us all together,” Jordan’s King Abdullah said. In a news conference during a visit to Kosovo, Abdullah said […]

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