Not necessarily just catharsis points out our resident honorary Jordanian, honorary Gateway, John, but art for him and surely for many of us buried in arab awakening and wondering when comes the sleeping or at least hybernation, art offers the perspective "as a moments distance. A bubble of sweet but still meaningful irrelevance." Distance can provide insight after all.
Art documented at the time of upheaval and historic change often best captures, albeit indirectly, the cultural and societal implications that historians will later be poring over. (Ed!)
"Since January, most people have been interested less in “What’s Up” than in what’s been going down…
At least in the English media, words like “Arab Spring”, “Awakening”, “New Wave” and “Tectonic Shift” (at least until Japan…) have been used."
"I think this study will be key in looking at family issues related to so-called honor killings. Bravo, Nermeen and King Hussein Foundation."
More from the crusader Rana Husseini:
"AMMAN – Jordanian families are more worried about how they are perceived by their own communities when bringing up their daughters, rather than how existing laws protect their female members, according to a survey released Sunday."
"What happened a few days ago in Jamal Abdel Naser Sq was something worth contemplating, not for being a political issue. Because regardless of the effect it had, it sort of revealed much about they way people think and react."
"I am not a candidate for talking about these issues in depth. On the other hand, in mentioning them I don’t want to make the situation looks horrible and unbearable. Let me just say that to some extent ,we are better than other countries in the region, but even that should not be set as a standard, considering how counties in the Arab world treat their people."
"Let us assume that those who initiated the 24 March were swept by the latest revolutions happening all over the Arab world, but those people who stood there didn’t do it for the sake of disrupting traffic, or showing themselves as treacherous by not wishing the country its peace and its stability."
Who said you need numbers to dine in style, or cooked food for that matter!
"Most people don’t like dining in an empty restaurant. I love it. I love the desolate atmosphere of an empty dining room and I love the undivided attention I get from both waiters and chefs, at least in places like Qal’at al-Rumiyeh, my favourite restaurant in the Lebanese mountains, near where my mother lives."
Over to Beirut where the AUB is still a point of reference: This probably cannot be applied wholesale to other universities in the region, as Fiskies really are unique to the Lebanon field.
"After four years of studying at AUB, I think it's time to breakdown a list of typical AUB students that you are bound to meet here:
The Westies: are students who have nothing better to do in life but sit outside and around West Hall and socialize 24/7. Some of them even come as early as 7:00 AM even though their first class doesn't start before 2:00 PM..
The Fiskies: are usually the weird English/Philosophy students who hang out outside Fisk Hall and are very culture-oriented. By that, I mean afro hairdos, weird facial hair, slippers, and I'm fairly certain they are high on something other than knowledge. (Also know as the hippies)"