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Archive for January, 2008

over 18 female in Jordan?…sorry you are half an adult! 7

I was shocked and scared the other day when a friend of mine told me that a 25 year old woman who was hanging out with friends at Books@Cafe; was forced against her will by the police to go back to her parents place which it seems she fled few weeks ago!

Seemingly, if you are a woman in Jordan, your father OWNS you until he transfers the ownership to your future husband. Care to have a life of your own? Nope. You are not an adult, there will always be some male in your family responsible for you. No sorry, if you kill someone, steal something you still will go to Jail, your male family friend can’t be responsible about those actions.

HELLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

We don’t know anything about the girl in question, only that against all tries of the owners of the cafe, the police still took her while she was screaming and saying “I don’t want to live with you” to her family. Destination of course is a hospital to check her virginity. Failed attempts to check if they killed her or not. As it seems there is nothing anyone can do.

SAD SAD people are Jordanians, me included. Here I am a 33 year old, a career woman, a business owner but no, according to the Jordanian law, i have to have, “waly amer” to control my life. Where was my “waly amer” when I registered my company? or applied for a new passport? What the hell is this?

Outraged.

Are we that mute? 1

The following is something I wrote 5 years ago, around the Israeli invasion of the West Bank in 2002. Reflecting on the disaster in GAZA I just had to say the words to myself again…

MUTE

They got you “Mute”,

the “how” and the “why” are loads of theories

you can’t choose from,

but you sense it mute along with the rest of you.

 

Saddened by your state, you bleed silently from within,

your wounds are growing and you sense more of the pain, the pain of despair.


You cling to hope yet when you give it another thought you know that hope is not the next thing in line.

Hope is there for you to survive and who says you can’t?

The expectations of a better tomorrow become dreams with no vision;

since you think you have no control…then again you are on mute.

Proud of others down in the line of fire,

is all that you think you can do who does this help? Only you.

 

You do care, you care so much to the degree of despair

But what more do you need to see, to happen

for you to scream, to rebel to finally act and be LOUD?

 

Are you that “Mute”?

Questler in the news @ Subzero Blue 0

Another article about Questler from our new friend & fellow Questler Mohamed Meddah @ Subzero Blue

Thank you Mohamed for the attention and looking forward to start some great conversations with you on Questler!

To read the article go to http://www.subzeroblue.com/archives/2008/01/questler_where_minds.html

Conversation about Questler @ AndFarAway 0

We got into the spotlight today at Roba Al-Assi’s infamous blog AndFarAway.net
and that encouraged the birth of a good number of Questlers today, welcome all )Read more on Questler : Aiding your Quest for Knowledge

Big thanks Roba from the -expanding- Questler Team

(Razan, Alma, Eyad, Khalil, Hassan and Sally)

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