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At two UN-run refugee camps, solar power projects bring reassuring light to the desert night, renewable energy sources for Jordan's future, and jobs and training for Syrian refugees.
Legislative advances for women in Tunisia and Jordan may soon be followed by measures in Lebanon and Iraq. A quiet revolution has drawn on women’s increased participation in politics and the improved flow of ideas across borders.
Suspension of a CIA program that armed and trained the rebels leaves them with few options. Some may join the US-backed anti-ISIS campaign, but others may join jihadists to pursue their campaign against Assad. Some already have.
A UN pilot program funded by Germany offers educated Syrian and Jordanian partners the training to launch their own start-ups, promoting self-reliance while benefiting the financially stressed host society.
Muslim and Christian residents of Karak, Jordan, say putting community first, and respecting each other's religious sensitivities, are key to more than coexistence. They call it interdependence.
Palestinian-Jordanian confederation has long been a non-starter, not least because Israeli rightists espoused the idea that 'Jordan is Palestine.' But a lack of faith in the peace process and their leadership has spurred many on the East Bank to revive the idea.
Fearing 'another Mosul,' residents of Karak rushed to join a battle against Islamic State militants. Jordanians have joined ISIS abroad, but at home, a sense of civic duty has made the country hostile territory for the extremists.
Prosecuting individuals for insulting religion puts Jordan in a tough spot between a largely conservative society demanding justice and the nation's international commitments to human rights.
With investment from Europe, Jordan is reversing its policy of discriminating against Syrian workers. It's a bid to bolster Jordan's economy while encouraging the refugees to remain in the region.
The Sykes-Picot agreement, reached a century ago this week, delineated national borders based more on British and French interests than local conditions. But it has proven surprisingly resilient.
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