Bed·ou·in (noun or adj.) ˈbe-də-wən, ˈbed-wən 1. Desert dweller, nomadic Arab of the desert. 2. A wanderer or rover.

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Two new pieces:

A photo gallery on tourism’s impact on Jordan’s Bedouin population

& an article on the culture of marriage in Jordan

Check them out if you please.

It’s been a minute since I’ve posted here – life has been too busy with new projects, a new job, new friends, etc.

I’m sure I’ll be writing more soon (it’s on my List), but for now, I wanted to share about a cool competition I’m in…read about it here


Last night, at 2 am as I was returning home from an engagement party, the streets were still filled with honking cars and waving keffiyehs. For a little more context, read Julie’s post below and also this great piece about Mohammed Assaf’s significance here

I’m impressed by all my friends, most all of the time. They are smart, informed and they care about things that impact the world. Once in a while, though, one of them does something so spectacular and innovative that it even catches me off guard.

With the help of some fellow Fulbrighters (Maya, Biff, Mike, and Vicki), my friend Ryan–as a part of his Fulbright research–has launched a blog called bayan, which translates opinion articles from Jordanian newspapers into English.

I encourage you to check it out and hit “follow” here

I recently watched a sobering and well-shot documentary about six Syrian activists who risk their lives daily to capture and broadcast footage of the war.

You can watch it for yourselves here