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Marwan Asmar

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Writing is a pleasure, its a craft to be mastered. I am a writer, editor and former journalist but still feel every news task is an experience, as if you are siting on the computer for the very first time.

I have been writing since 1990 trying my hand and my head on just about anything from current affairs to daiy nitty-gritty issues and even covering music once (something which I know absolutely nothing about) as well as usual pieces on culture, society, politics and economics including book reviews.

I've come to the conclusion writing is an art you never master. Its an accumulation of experiences. I have been the managing editor of The Star English weekly in Amman, Jordan from 1993 till 2003, and worked in Gulf News, in Dubai, and later in the regional office of a media company based in Saudi Arabia. But a lot of the time I feel I am still a learner which might be a good thing because it means that the rut has not set in.

I have a Phd from Leeds University in the UK on "The State and Politics of Labour Migration in Kuwait which I received in 1990 but never worked in academia. Writing has become my stock-in-trade.

Presently I am working on a project to make people more aware of the importance of ancient theaters in the Euromed region of Jordan, Italy, Tunisia, Spain and Algeria. the website is  http://www.athenaproject.eu 

 

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    Beating up your husband Saudi style

    9 months ago

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  • Rolling the red carpet for Sisi
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    Rolling the red carpet for Sisi

    2 years ago

    After denying that he ever wanted to become president, Field Marshal Abdul Fattah Al Sisi threw the towel into the ring and said yes, he wants to run for the top job for the welfare of the nation. Many say it...

  • The goat story joke that was believed
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    The goat story joke that was believed

    14 months ago

    Whoever said Saudis are not light-hearted people are simply wrong. Like all nations of the world, they are very much into mirth, laughter, telling and yes, playing jokes on others. Take the news item that was reported...

  • Weighing the options of a Syria strike
    1

    Weighing the options of a Syria strike

    3 years ago

    Just what are the options at the hands of US President Barack Obama for hitting Syria. He seems to be on the road for well and truly striking the country. However, while he initially put on a big show of force, he is...

  • Where would I go in America
    2

    Where would I go in America

    9 months ago

    As an armchair traveler, by the way I nicked that from one of the Hubers, my first trip to the United States would be to see the Statute of Liberty from afar which I heard so much about from different mediums. It would...

  • Tickling taste buds the British way
    4

    Tickling taste buds the British way

    19 months ago

    The English have maintained a certain decorum for the food they eat. And discounting mash which you seemed to have at every single meal of the day, excluding breakfast, you tend to have, after a while, a certain liking...

  • Cities of my dreams
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    Cities of my dreams

    20 months ago

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  • How do you choose your topics?
    2

    How do you choose your topics?

    3 years ago

    This is a good question. You don’t always dive and choose a topic from thin air. It is not like clicking one's fingers and coming up with a subject or topic, it does not quite work like that. Once that pool of...

  • Living the Asian dream
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    Living the Asian dream

    19 months ago

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  • Skimpy Bikinis in  Sharm Al Sheikh
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    Skimpy Bikinis in Sharm Al Sheikh

    20 months ago

    It was a time of trepidation and excitement to get to Sharm Al Sheikh. Back in Amman, and at the last minute, we needed to run to the Passport Office to renew our passports. Quick, run, fill in the application, nods...

  • Looking for a new job at 50
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    Looking for a new job at 50

    12 months ago

    Just when you think you got it made in your cushy job, you suddenly find yourself on the unemployment heap and start looking for a job. You are almost 50, and start grappling with your real middle-age crisis. Changing...

  • A European holiday
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    A European holiday

    12 months ago

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  • A literary chill
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    A literary chill

    19 months ago

    A back-biting mini-thriller. The Baby-Sitter by R.L. Stine keeps you in a state of anxiety as you flick the pages, subdued, as you read of the unfolding of events. They are tiny, normal happenings, but they keep you...

  • Women take high seat in Saudi politics
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    Women take high seat in Saudi politics

    3 years ago

    It is being described as a historic step, a quantum leap, a break in the Saudi sound barrier. The appointment of female members to the Shura Council in Saudi Arabia shows the enlightened stance of the Custodian of the...

  • Scintillating idoms
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    Scintillating idoms

    19 months ago

    The pot calling the kettle black, bear with a sore head, off the beaten track, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and lots more. These are probably some of the minutest of the more graphic idioms in English, a...

  • The 'thing' that men want from women!
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    The 'thing' that men want from women!

    3 years ago

    Just, what do men want from women? Sex. Frankly speaking, this is what they want. On the general level, this is the first thing a man wants when looking at a woman, it is the sexual drive that comes into action. There...

  • The 33% rule to happiness
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    The 33% rule to happiness

    3 years ago

    I am going to approach this topic from a roundabout way. Some dear octogenarian came up to me the other day and said there are factors to happiness which are linked to life in a special way. Before you say ‘here...

  • Psychedelic Dubai
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    Psychedelic Dubai

    20 months ago

    Dubai, the experience and the showcase, a marvel in the middle of a vast desert, it is the place to travel to for wonder and amazement. Dubai has become the epitome of urbanization, a confluence of sectors and...

  • cockroaches in the workplace
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    cockroaches in the workplace

    4 months ago

    The places I worked in were interesting for the kind of creatures I saw

  • Wake up call for obese people!
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    Wake up call for obese people!

    14 months ago

    Apparently obesity, excess fat, and being overnight is a major and growing problem in the world. You don't realize the extent of the problem until you see it and hits you in the eye, flesh slobbering all over the place....

  • A bit of a Victorian world
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    A bit of a Victorian world

    19 months ago

    While there are many good books around, it is seldom you see a piece of writing that is creative, innovative and with a sense of style. Michael Cox’s The Meaning of Night is such a good book that is filled with...

  • Fiction: Using the law to make money
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    Fiction: Using the law to make money

    12 months ago

    Although John Grisham is a good storey-teller, occasionally he comes out with novels you can’t but get your teeth into, keeping you on the edge of your seat from the beginning of the book, half-way through, right...

  • Beirut fragments
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    Beirut fragments

    20 months ago

    A heart rending book, this is a personal memoir of a family at war in Lebanon. Its a personal account foretold through the eyes of the author, a Palestinian/Lebanese academic, at the American University of Beirut. The...

  • Time travel the human way?
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    Time travel the human way?

    19 months ago

    In the old days a person would spend his whole life in his village, never moving probably until he dropped dead. Travel was a one-step or one-step approach affair despite the novels we read glorifying the fact that...

  • Messaging my ego
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    Messaging my ego

    19 months ago

    It’s true, he did, though I am speaking figuratively of course. The minister had exquisite charm. Despite your anger and frustration, he could turn you around in minutes, seconds, making you feel very important...

  • The 'flash' name appeal in writing
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    The 'flash' name appeal in writing

    20 months ago

    Just why do people use pen-names whey they write a novel or even an article? Well, there is really no simple answer to that. There was in the good old days a certain mysteriousness about using an assumed name. It...

  • A city of lovers
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    A city of lovers

    9 months ago

    Dreaming in the delights of Tunisia, an enchanting experience

  • Stark, raving, mad
    3

    Stark, raving, mad

    19 months ago

    I guess some men do say things deliberately to make women angry, or stark raving mad! I am not sure why this happens, but it could be in the nature of the sexes--this is the way men and women operate; they say things...

  • Looking after no 1
    6

    Looking after no 1

    19 months ago

    We are becoming more selfish in our approach to life, looking after number one rather than taking a wholesome approach of seeing ourselves as part of the big picture. The "we" no longer exists and is replaced...

  • Bits of British memories on paper
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    Bits of British memories on paper

    19 months ago

    I see all places in England are good to live in, but that's just me! I have graphic images of places I lived in that seem to find little pigeon holes in my mind. Every city, town or even a village has a different...

  • Roman soldiers re-enact the past
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    Roman soldiers re-enact the past

    19 months ago

    In their magnificent armor trappings, Roman army legionnaires reenacted some of the past as they went off to war held in one of the 10 Decapolis cities of the eastern part of the Roman Empire. This was a...

  • Travel Jarash
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    Travel Jarash

    3 years ago

    In the end I was trailing behind, the next two blind people, sorry visually-impaired, were 50 yards ahead, and the next group, were a 100 feet along. I rambled, slightly puffing. I caught up, they were at...

  • A journey into the holy lands
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    A journey into the holy lands

    20 months ago

    It was an emotional trip long overdue. It was a trip of happiness and melancholy filled with emotion and rediscovery of a homeland and a nation long usurped by another. My mother and sister's journey...

  • Encounters of an electronic kind
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    Encounters of an electronic kind

    3 years ago

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  • Two camels and a hotel
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    Two camels and a hotel

    4 years ago

    It was a glaring sight. As the car zoomed through the road, something strange flashed across the horizons. It was really out of the ordinary, something you don't see in a cluttered urban setting where a built-up...

  • A mid-air experience
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    A mid-air experience

    3 years ago

    The original question with slight modifications was: Have you ever had an intense conversation on a plane with a stranger you never saw again? It was posted by one of the hubbers. The immediate answer is yes, but...

  • What's in a "quote"
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    What's in a "quote"

    19 months ago

    I was tempted to say "I am all for quotes, and all for making them up". Don't take my word too literally, but its true I am all for quotes in an article, an essay or any other manuscript. Although I...

  • Sensual desire for paper
    12

    Sensual desire for paper

    20 months ago

    My friend is not only in love with books. He has a deep and I suspect, a thrilling fetish for them. His favorite haunt is the thrift shop, nestled in one of Amman's neighborhoods. I first told him about it but now he...

  • Brand items at secondhand prices
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    Brand items at secondhand prices

    3 years ago

    Do you ever buy second hand wear? Apparently quite a lot of people do and they do not need to be poor. These days many visit the thrift shop just to look for brand bargains at very cheap prices. Many of these shops...

  • Buying a wedding dress for less than $50,000, not likely
    6

    Buying a wedding dress for less than $50,000, not likely

    19 months ago

    Come on ladies! Can you remember the cost of your wedding dress, or is it too far too remember. For those of you who can dig in your nostalgic past, I bet it was much, much cheaper, than it is today, and much nicer as...

  • Scribbling for keepsake
    3

    Scribbling for keepsake

    20 months ago

    They can be real treasure troves, there for keepsake. Some never see the light of day and remain deeply personal, some used to jog one's memory and turned into published books. Many remain a cherished read long after...

  • Europe's 2012 troubles will certainly be deeper
    1

    Europe's 2012 troubles will certainly be deeper

    4 years ago

    As Europe celebrates the 10th anniversary of the euro, many are holding their breath about the future of the continent as a viable economic entity in 2012. Today hardly a week passes, without a doom and gloomy...

  • Writing to be invited to parties
    10

    Writing to be invited to parties

    20 months ago

    Traveling the world can be very exciting but sojourning the globe selling books is can be exciting still. One time Lebanese writer, now passed away was in love with European kings and queens. Week after week he would...

  • Under the Christmas tree
    5

    Under the Christmas tree

    4 years ago

    One kiss, two kisses, three kisses. Please don't think I am "kiss-hungry" person. I am definitely I am not. No, it's just we are in the festive season, its Christmas, time to be merry and goodwill to all...

  • Beating up the doctor very likely
    2

    Beating up the doctor very likely

    19 months ago

    The stereotype is that doctors on the whole, and I repeat whole, have a very cushy life. Ok, so at first they are roughed up, thrown at the deep end with work, being on duty for extraordinary number of hours and hardly...

  • Funny faces
    6

    Funny faces

    19 months ago

    First of all they are faces but later they became more like caricatures of their former self. Faces have a knack for changing, the obvious reason being they progressively grow old. When you see people every day, you...

  • As long as it is a good book read it!
    8

    As long as it is a good book read it!

    3 years ago

    In terms of reading, I sometimes don't do very well. At times I am a lazy reader who gets bored with life although I write a lot on different things. Sometimes I set targets which I never reach. Sometimes I read so...

  • Scattered ideas, scatter brain
    12

    Scattered ideas, scatter brain

    19 months ago

    Thoughts are scattered, Bits of ideas sparkle here and there. They are sparse and come to you in pieces that need to be ironed out and developed. That's why they have to be planned out and put in a framework that make...

  • Hacks, a website saved at the last minute!
    5

    Hacks, a website saved at the last minute!

    4 years ago

    Hackwriters is a true inspiration the world-over. It is an intellectual platform for writers from west to east, north to south, who believe in the written word, at a time when its monopolized by cerebral elites who...

  • Fickle readers
    18

    Fickle readers

    20 months ago

    '…writing should be a pleasurable exercise for everyone, and not limited to sectional elites. It should not been seen for intellects, intellectuals and pseudo-intellects but for everyone.' I should have written...

  • The child economy
    1

    The child economy

    20 months ago

    Children are a muscular economic force because they are a strong spending and saving power. During school time, shops especially clothswear stores, supermarkets, confectionaries and newsagents, become animated. ...

  • Favorite topic to research and write about
    7

    Favorite topic to research and write about

    3 years ago

    Research and writing is a vast field of work action, spanning over many, many borders, topics, analysis and disciplines. A good researcher and/or writer should not put a cap on his level of intellect and limit himself...

  • Prostrating to God
    2

    Prostrating to God

    18 months ago

    People coming and going, they come individually, some with their sleeves turned nearly to their armpits and bear feet which means they performed ablution. They form a line, prostrate in front of God, complete the...

  • 'Where is make-up'
    6

    'Where is make-up'

    19 months ago

    I'll always remember the phrase being used in one of the television episodes of Spitting Image in the 1980s with a skeleton of an actress who shall be nameless saying "where is make-up". It signified the fact...

  • Hollywood chic actors bygone!
    7

    Hollywood chic actors bygone!

    5 weeks ago

    The old greats are the best. Of course I am being highly subjective here when I talk about Hollywood actresses and actors. One of the best I remember is Catherine Hepburn who was so charming on film you could identify...

  • Not the suitcase anymore but lightweight screen
    3

    Not the suitcase anymore but lightweight screen

    19 months ago

    Everyone has a laptop, not only that, but it's being carried with them everywhere. You might say this is an old story by now so what is new, communications and technology are becoming user-friendly by the day? Well...

  • Yemeni leader quits, new strategic thinking!
    0

    Yemeni leader quits, new strategic thinking!

    5 years ago

    Lions and tigers Four down, one to go. The winds of change is hitting the Middle East with vengeance. It is the domino effect, slow but sure, leaders tumbling, not quite like a pack of cards but more as...

  • Beef up your first para
    2

    Beef up your first para

    3 years ago

    The first paragraph in journalistic stories and articles is the most important. The first paragraph, also can be called intro, has to be written with a sense of flare and flamboyance. It has to be a like a...

  • I am not too old to watch cartoons
    2

    I am not too old to watch cartoons

    19 months ago

    When I was young I never really watched cartoons on television except for Popeye. I used to think I was bigger than to be watching silly cartoons because I thought I was older, more mature if you like. However all...

  • The kissing culture
    2

    The kissing culture

    19 months ago

    Kissing is most enjoyable. It is emotional, erotic, and made as friendly gestures. However there is a value aspect to kissing. It is made to impress upon the idea of respect, reverence and esteem as in kissing someone's...

  • Syria's Baath stands firm opposes change
    2

    Syria's Baath stands firm opposes change

    5 years ago

    The West, Arab satellites and now the Arab League plainly state the Baath regime in Syria must go. They argue because of the daily killings of its civilian population, the regime lead by president Bashar Al Assad who...

  • Social media: A mover of change
    0

    Social media: A mover of change

    5 years ago

    What counts in the world today is the social media, new methods of social networking online. The cyberspace buzzword is claiming new meaning as more and more people are clinging to platforms like Facebook and Twitter. ...

  • Arab satellites promote revolutions
    0

    Arab satellites promote revolutions

    5 years ago

    Arab satellite televisions literally had a field day in their coverage of the revolutions and protests engulfing the Middle East and North Africa at end of 2010 and throughout 2011, in fact till today. Every single Arab...

  • A holiday on the beach
    0

    A holiday on the beach

    3 years ago

    Sea, beaches, sun, bikinis. I distinctly remember this of Hastings and St. Leonards-on-sea which intertwine together. As well, I remember much more of the place which I lived in for around five exciting years that added...

  • Antics behind bus window shield
    0

    Antics behind bus window shield

    5 years ago

    Editor's Note: What follows is a piece from an unpublished manuscript titled The Homecoming To his dismay nobody took any notice of bus stops, drivers or fare collectors are unaware of their existence, mentally...

  • Big muscle women, you like
    5

    Big muscle women, you like

    19 months ago

    In a lot of cases women are indeed stronger than men. Women have greater tenacity, sustenance and staying power that is not found in men. The strength of women is mostly due to their physical make up and form as one...

  • Voices like jingle bells
    2

    Voices like jingle bells

    4 years ago

    The echoing of the winds, voices of the night, the resonances of the day. It's a combination of sounds, light, thuds, cherubic, jingles, crackled and many more that can't be explained. It is all about echoes and hums,...

  • USA, Iran, Israel: Relations in fear
    20

    USA, Iran, Israel: Relations in fear

    3 years ago

    The USA is against Iran having a nuclear capability simply because it would change the balance of power in the Middle East. It is against that because Iran is not an United States ally and certainly oppose US policies...

  • Eid Al Adha: An Islamic occasion
    2

    Eid Al Adha: An Islamic occasion

    5 years ago

    The Muslim Eid Al Adha ( Festival of Sacrifice) is not only a religious occasion but a social one where family, kindred, friends and acquaintances renew their social bonding. Today, Eid Al Adha is once again upon us,...

  • 4G!
    4

    4G!

    3 years ago

    There, I've done it! At last when everyone has passed me by miles, I get the 4G iPhone that is the talk of town, or talk of the globe. After a good few years, I eventually and determinedly make the move and switch to...

  • Milking the olive tree
    9

    Milking the olive tree

    20 months ago

    Cherishing olive picking. Between September and the end of December, possibly January, many people in Jordan and the surrounding region like the Palestinian territories huddle around stretches of land to thrash down the...

  • Charlie Chaplin, bolts and conveyer belt
    10

    Charlie Chaplin, bolts and conveyer belt

    19 months ago

    The other day, I sat down and watched the workman dismantle my iron door and carefully replace it with a wooden door. As I watched the fittings, the varnishing, hinges and the placement of the door handle, enjoyable...

  • Marketing Aqaba: The making of a campaign
    0

    Marketing Aqaba: The making of a campaign

    5 years ago

    This is a report on the Aqaba media campaign (from December 2005 till December 2006) to encourage domestic tourists to visit the seaport city for their holidays. Over a 12 month period interviews, press releases and...

  • Do we contribute to society?
    5

    Do we contribute to society?

    19 months ago

    How do we contribute to society. There are many ways so lets get cracking and put our heads together.

  • How to change cheating habbits
    2

    How to change cheating habbits

    3 years ago

    It is possible to change cheating habits. Of course it all depends on what kind of cheating. Is it cheating on your wife, cheating at playing cards, in selling expired products, or other forms of deviant behavior. The...

  • Meat markets, flesh and beauties galore
    6

    Meat markets, flesh and beauties galore

    19 months ago

    Let's face it, beauty pageants and contests are no more than "meat markets"— the parading of the flesh so that eyes can pop out for an hour or so and judges can give us a useless, subjective view about...

  • The pussycat with 'belittling' smile
    23

    The pussycat with 'belittling' smile

    20 months ago

    A young lady soft-peddles her boss in an attempt to get to the top, both sides of her are shown in the working relationship

  • Reading three books at the same time
    17

    Reading three books at the same time

    19 months ago

    I used to think this is crazy, but apparently a lot of people do it, read more than one novel at the same time. I used to think such would criss-cross ideas, plots and characters, but the human mind can be a jungle of...

  • Gaddafi: The final battle
    4

    Gaddafi: The final battle

    3 years ago

    The battle is over. The date is 20th October, 2011. Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi is finally dead. In the end he was caught in a drain pipe, shot and wounded, begging for mercy long after making mayhem of a country...

  • Which comes first: Politics or journalism
    5

    Which comes first: Politics or journalism

    12 months ago

    Politics and journalism maybe one of the most of the controversial subjects of the arts and social sciences. This is because of the nature of the topics they deal with. Politics and journalism have direct relations with...

  • Wrapped in red tape
    4

    Wrapped in red tape

    20 months ago

    We started off early in the morning to one of the government offices. We needed to have our ID renewed. At first we were pleased, we found a parking place easily, there seemed to be light traffic and pedestrians. ...

  • Slaves to technology
    6

    Slaves to technology

    3 years ago

    We are slaves to technology. Today, technology or its multitude of components move at the speed of lightning, being updated, revised, and expanded upon. Technological change is constant. Because our world is made up...

  • Can we stop hooting?
    4

    Can we stop hooting?

    3 years ago

    London, 1970: Very little honking or hooting on the roads, peaceful, serene. London 1980: Every one honking on the roads, its noise pollution, the city is going mad, busy roads like Oxford Street, or Edgeware Road. ...

  • What's in a headline
    6

    What's in a headline

    19 months ago

    Headlines are important, nay, they are crucial to allow you to want to read, or just go to the next article, or page. You have to be careful when you are forming the headline and say to yourself: "Will it grab,...

  • Men want lots of things from men but not sex
    5

    Men want lots of things from men but not sex

    13 months ago

    What do we want from each other should be the better phrasing. It is both sexes who are continually looking for wants in either a woman or a man.

  • Wedeman, CNN and the supermarket
    10

    Wedeman, CNN and the supermarket

    20 months ago

    Back in the early 1990s when the first chain supermarket opened in Amman, many saw shopping there as a fashionable novelty, something new and exciting. It was then thought not just anybody could enter the Safeway...

  • Walkies 3
    2

    Walkies 3

    5 years ago

    Up and down, up and down, sauntering, cantering, running, galloping, trotting. I hope this doesn't like horses, or animals, for these are people out on a brisk morning walk. This is the one-hour daily walk for most...

  • Three cheers for Nobel prize winner
    5

    Three cheers for Nobel prize winner

    5 years ago

    Who would have thought Yemen would be the place for a Noble Prize winner? Who would have thought, Yemen, a deeply traditional and impoverished society, and now in a thrall of a revolution, would be the place for the...

  • They were journalists and became novelists!
    13

    They were journalists and became novelists!

    5 months ago

    Its seems to be a symbiotic relationship but it is all there to see, interlocking together as journalists who become novelists

  • On the box
    0

    On the box

    3 years ago

    Watching television is part and parcel of our everyday life. Television has long become part of our furniture, the living room, lounge or we receive guests. It's basically part of our culture and values, and the way we...

  • Indentured!
    1

    Indentured!

    19 months ago

    Tied to the dhows, the wooden ships travelled between Kuwait, the Gulf and India. This was the generalized social relations that governed society and economy in pre-oil Kuwait, somewhere around the 1930s and before...

  • Piracy
    7

    Piracy

    4 months ago

    The world is English. This is the feeling I get every time I go into the CD shop in my hometown to buy films. It's amazing, I feel I can buy every single film churned out by Hollywood long before it hit the silver...

  • Belgium in the clouds
    1

    Belgium in the clouds

    4 years ago

    They are fluffy white, maybe like cotton, yes, this is the word. The clouds are rugged, woolly, disparate, floating in an animated kind of way. They are peacefully moving, bright white chunks of indescribable wool. ...

  • A cold war getting colder
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    A cold war getting colder

    9 months ago

    It is definitely a new Cold War that is on the horizons manifested in the international system. Rather it as if the old Cold War never left, only this time more bitter and brittle. Perhaps we can coin a phrase for it a...

  • A slump hovers across the Atlantic!
    1

    A slump hovers across the Atlantic!

    5 years ago

    Its doom and gloom. Many are forecasting a recession for the United States economy in 2012. This is a second recession within four to five years, since 2008 which is becoming a major worry for economic strategists who...

  • Walkies 2
    6

    Walkies 2

    5 years ago

    I feel my feet are not part of me, nor my legs, my ankles unscrewed. I am into my second week of walking. After doing it on a regular basis, I now make longer strikes, my back no longer hurts, and I don't need to sit...

  • Aqaba diving
    2

    Aqaba diving

    3 years ago

    Aqaba is a great water diving experience. The Aqaba waters are untouched and its mysteries and beautiful corals and reefs remain to be uncovered and discovered. Experience the kaleidoscope of the underwater world in...

  • Pavements are not for walking
    1

    Pavements are not for walking

    4 months ago

    Perhaps because it is a society still in the process of development. In Jordan most people leave the pavements and walk on roads. It's quite a glaring phenomenon. You can see it in a lot of cases, people leaving the...

  • Laughing
    13

    Laughing

    3 years ago

    Laughing is good for you. Laugh longer, laugh louder, and laugh loudest. Mind you don't do it to the extent that other people think you are crazy. Apart from cheering you up and putting in a good mood, laughter is...

  • The long walks
    7

    The long walks

    19 months ago

    Walking is exhilarating. As each step you put forward, a muscle in your body moves, twitches and relaxes. While I am no expert walking is good for you, doctors recommended long walks for a lot of ailments a person may...

  • Constructing Jordan
    2

    Constructing Jordan

    5 years ago

    The building and construction sector in Jordan and the region is a dynamic, animated and energetic area that acts as a propeller to the rest of the national economy. It is also a valve to measure the health of the other...

  • Gullible 16
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    Gullible 16

    9 months ago

    Stepping stones, experiences, foot-holding through the adult world yet not quite there, a brash with petty criminals. And then there is the school education, preparation for university and rebelling against boring...

  • Shabby reading
    8

    Shabby reading

    9 months ago

    Reading for pleasure does not mean you read word-for-word, or you shouldn't have to because today's narrative is easy, generally speaking. Writing narrative is more straightforward to follow, understand and comprehend....

  • A massacre remembered
    10

    A massacre remembered

    9 months ago

    As America and the world commemorate 11 September and the horrible attacks on New York and Washington, people should spare a little thought to the massacre on the streets of Beirut's Sabra and Shatilla camps on that...

  • Smoking gets into your eyes
    8

    Smoking gets into your eyes

    20 months ago

    The smoke filtered in the editorial room. I was sitting behind the computer, getting sniffs of air-consuming tobacco. This had been going on all morning, reporters and editors going out to have a puff. I suddenly...

  • Many hands gone over my hair
    18

    Many hands gone over my hair

    9 months ago

    My head went under the scissors from hairstylists in all over the world, a great story to tell

  • Mobiles are only for talking
    6

    Mobiles are only for talking

    19 months ago

    How many of you can use your mobile effectively? Give up, well not to worry because I bet most of us can't use today's expanded functions and features on their cell phones. I am unashamedly one of...

  • Shopaholic mania
    6

    Shopaholic mania

    12 months ago

    Shopping can become a natural addiction. The notion of buy, buy, buy can become an all too easy way to acquire temporary happiness by more purchasing and consuming more, aggregating useless and unwanted goods that go to...

  • Jerusalem burning
    10

    Jerusalem burning

    20 months ago

    There is Rex the dog, the beautiful Jerusalemite home, Fatima the maid disappearing from the pages of narrative. We get much more than this in Ghada Karmi's In Search of Fatima, a beautifully crafted book, it is the...

  • Philosophy of life
    15

    Philosophy of life

    9 months ago

    Life is a treasure. When you get up every morning and indulge in every day living it must surely be one of the greatest pleasures man was put on earth to do. The issue is philosopical and religious but it is also...

  • Eating your heart out
    8

    Eating your heart out

    20 months ago

    People eat not necessarily they are hungry but want to interact act together

  • Killing me softly on TV
    5

    Killing me softly on TV

    12 months ago

    Television kills the art of conversation. Yes people stay "gob-smacked" and just watch in delirium. This is especially the case if there is good television content to watch including film, series, features and...

  • When did you use a biro?
    9

    When did you use a biro?

    19 months ago

    When was the last time you used a pen to write? Give up? For me it must have been a long, long time. Gone are the days when fountain pens, biros, and pencils used to be part of our central writing life. Gone are the...

  • Borrowing  a newspaper for 10 cents
    13

    Borrowing a newspaper for 10 cents

    20 months ago

    Everyone loves to read newspapers. Well, I might be exaggerating here. With television and satellites, the concept of newsprint maybe going out of the window. But this is not strictly true either. Newspapers have...

  • Locked in space through a camera
    2

    Locked in space through a camera

    9 months ago

    Telecommunications today is a mind-boggling experience. You can say all we have to do today is get inside the computer and live in cyberspace. A bit far-fetched, after all we are still humans. But technological...

  • Nabataean Petra
    14

    Nabataean Petra

    9 months ago

    The glowing stone city of Petra with its rugged mountains is the outcome of Greek, Roman and Arab and Nabataeans civilizations that left their indelible footmarks on the city. Petra is a 2000-year-old...

  • Ramadan, a time for spiritual renewal
    10

    Ramadan, a time for spiritual renewal

    5 months ago

    Every Muslim in the world fasts during Ramadan which is a month for the replenishment of the soul. It is a month of spiritual renewal between Man and God, and getting closer to Almighty. It is a month of restitution,...

  • A literary cave
    27

    A literary cave

    9 months ago

    It resembles a literary cave, all rugged with things coming out from all places and sides. Here, unwanted books are thrown aside and jumbled up. There are hundreds and hundreds of them maybe thousands for you to touch,...

  • Travel Alaska
    9

    Travel Alaska

    3 years ago

    At first glance, when you think of a holiday destination your mind doesn't usually conjure up Alaska. Usually, I would imagine the country is thought of cold, sever and freezing. But for some this might be what makes a...

  • Grisham and pecan pies
    8

    Grisham and pecan pies

    4 months ago

    Food is the zest of life. When I think of American food, me and a lot of many around the world I'd imagine, think of lots of hamburgers, fries and pizza's. But this is not true as expounded upon by John Grisham's Last...

  • Tingling London
    7

    Tingling London

    20 months ago

    The title I originally used for this piece was "To London With Love. Not very original title, a bit clichéd drawing on the Ian Fleming book, To Russia with Love. London is a place of mystery and excitement,...

  • Learning to write letters
    9

    Learning to write letters

    3 years ago

    Editor's Note: A piece from a manuscript about my childhood years in Hastings, UK. ....Being at that age, I never wrote much. Other than the hellos and goodbuys, and how is everyone, it was very difficult to put pen...

  • The sperm whale
    4

    The sperm whale

    9 months ago

    It is brilliant in its intensity and portrayal. Another classic for Earnest Hemingway author of the Old Man and The Sea characterized by its sheer audacity, endurance, determination and the sense of outraging power. ...

  • Going to Makkah
    11

    Going to Makkah

    12 months ago

    Magnanimous, high-minded, noble, big, upright, a set of awesome feelings that keeps travelling between my body, mind and soul. The manner inexplicable, faith tested, the spiritual and the tangible, inner feelings of...

  • Gay as in happy
    12

    Gay as in happy

    20 months ago

    Word extensions. My daughter came up to me the other day and read 'she was a pretty gay very little girl….' She told me she feared there was a word misspell there because to her gay meant a different thing all...

  • Arab Winter of Discontent edges forward
    3

    Arab Winter of Discontent edges forward

    5 years ago

    When Tunisian leader Zein Al Din Ben Ali stepped down in 14 January after Tunisia became ablaze, the previous 17 December, the Arab street held its breath. When Husni Mubarak of Egypt decided to call it a day after an...

  • German executives get taste of Jordan's travel incentives
    5

    German executives get taste of Jordan's travel incentives

    5 years ago

    It was a pleasurable, hectic, didactic, awe-inspiring trip through the wilderness of Jordan; though wilderness is hardly the right word to choose. It was an organized five day (4-8 May, 2011) incentives trip for a...

  • Istanbul delight
    13

    Istanbul delight

    20 months ago

    Your heart melts at first. An incredible sense of nostalgia hits you, a yearning for a living past, a current present, and a future to be. It’s a city of contrasts, mingling the old with the new, flamboyance...

  • Searching for Hercules Temple
    3

    Searching for Hercules Temple

    20 months ago

    It was a wonderful day, a bit unexpected as we made our way to the Amman Citadel right in the middle of downtown. The Citadel occupies a whole mountain, an enclosure, yet an extension of a living metropolis,...

  • Kuwaiti masters and migrants
    10

    Kuwaiti masters and migrants

    20 months ago

    Regardless of the developments Kuwait experienced in the past two decades, and despite the changes in its political, economic, and social fabric, the state, country and even the sheikhdom, will continue to hover within...

  • Car racing the Dead Sea
    2

    Car racing the Dead Sea

    5 years ago

  • All I remember was my cold feet
    4

    All I remember was my cold feet

    20 months ago

    When I was young I remembered only the bitterely cold days and nights. It seemed to have always been freezing, with me sitting on endlessly hot radiators, getting sore bums, with my feet and toes ice cold. It was...

  • Laughing your socks off through comedy
    17

    Laughing your socks off through comedy

    5 months ago

    Can you really laugh your socks off through comedy. One short answer is you probably, no, definitely can. With comedy classics, you can't really get any funnier, but I must be living in a time capsule. "Only Fools...

  • Kissinger versus Christopher
    10

    Kissinger versus Christopher

    9 months ago

    Both came at distinct periods in American diplomacy, one heralding the period of detente, a movement to thaw the Cold War, another at the end of the Cold War, dismantling of the Soviet bloc, Soviet Union and the...

  • A souq bazaar in Germany
    7

    A souq bazaar in Germany

    9 months ago

    An Arab house in a German town, all the trappings of a different culture, Egyptian, Jordanian, Syrian, and Yemeni, an Oriental setting in a traditional western German context. The town is Bruchsal, to the...

  • Women I want to remember
    22

    Women I want to remember

    5 months ago

    They represent courage, tenacity, and determination under the most extreme of circumstances. At first they had no choice, later on their chores became part of life and the living. The first I used to go to meet at...

  • 2010 was a good year for reading
    2

    2010 was a good year for reading

    12 months ago

    By Stephen King's standards it may be peanuts, by my standards it's highly satisfactory, an intellectual year where I went from one novel to the next. I read 24 novels that says a lot. It was...

  • A band, a red tomatoe and head-bangers
    7

    A band, a red tomatoe and head-bangers

    4 years ago

    It was me, my wife, daughter, sister and my niece at the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of Al Balad radio, a local community radio station in Amman. At first it look just like any other events, people huddling...

  • Sexist images on Arab TV
    4

    Sexist images on Arab TV

    8 months ago

    Beauty is indeed on the air. Women broadcasters are really chosen for their looks and not necessarily for their brains

  • Zizagging Arab geography
    6

    Zizagging Arab geography

    19 months ago

    If I was a foreign tourist and wanted to go to the Arab world, I would zigzag my way on the geography of the place. The region is full of tradition, it is not as modern as we think. Here is where history has been made,...

  • Arab conspiracies, world conspiracies!
    11

    Arab conspiracies, world conspiracies!

    5 years ago

    Arab conspiracy theories continue as popular protests have engulfed the region starting from Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Oman, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates. Even Saudi Arabia is having its share...

  • An eco-lodge in the heart of Ceylon
    2

    An eco-lodge in the heart of Ceylon

    12 months ago

    By Marwan Asmar It displays elegance and superiority, a majestic setting in the middle of a vast green that stretches as far as your imaginations and horizons, playing on your mind with you constantly...

  • Sri Lanka, a must-place to see
    6

    Sri Lanka, a must-place to see

    12 months ago

    'I was dazzled, amazed, surprised, filled with nostalgia and a yearning to be in this gorgeous geography where Father Adam is said to have come down in a place—Adams Peak—just south west of Colombo.' ...

  • A book lover in a world that shuns the word
    24

    A book lover in a world that shuns the word

    12 months ago

    I look upon my "reading wife" with some curiosity, and sometimes envy at the kind of novels she reads, and I don't mind telling you it is she who got me into the habit. She is the ultimate reader in our...

  • The story of Qaddafi's downfall
    13

    The story of Qaddafi's downfall

    19 months ago

    Power corrupts. Libyan leader Mommar Qadaffi fights till the very end, blinded by his rule and his position. He did not fathom his fall from grace in spite of the fact Libyan revolutionaries swept Tripoli the Libya...

  • Go on try it: How about tasting Gulf food
    5

    Go on try it: How about tasting Gulf food

    20 months ago

    By Marwan Asmar The delicious aroma of food whiffs around you as you start thumbing this book on the rich cuisine of the Gulf. Sarah Al Hamad’s Cardamom and Lime: Recipes from the Gulf Countries ( Interlink...

  • Novelists and places
    4

    Novelists and places

    12 months ago

    Have you ever thought of traveling to destinations around the world just because of a book you’ve read or a treatise you followed through? Although the relation may not be clear cut, the messages are surely...

  • Unusual place in an unusual setting
    0

    Unusual place in an unusual setting

    5 months ago

    You could almost smell its culture, inhaling in your lungs and letting it out with your heart pounding as you move through its alleyways, narrow streets and tight corners. It's the land of novelists and art critics, of...

  • Is the age of dictatorships ending in the Arab world?
    3

    Is the age of dictatorships ending in the Arab world?

    5 years ago

    By Marwan Asmar The train to throw away dictators is going full steam ahead with the toppling and death of Moammar Gaddafi. First it was Tunisia, Egypt followed swiftly. The toppling of their leaders, in less than two...

  • Shorts, sandals and the sea
    7

    Shorts, sandals and the sea

    12 months ago

    Abu Nidal was wearing shorts. I thought he looked out of place, so Arab as if to say Arabs are not supposed to wear shorts. "Its Aqaba, it should be shorts to fit the sea occasion," he begins with a smile. ...

  • Fashionable Riyadh
    14

    Fashionable Riyadh

    12 months ago

    She came down the aisle wearing a jean boiler suit with a T-Shirt underneath and sat next to me. Bits of skin from her torso were showing and of course, her arms bear. Half way up into the sky, she started changing,...

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