Dossier February 2017

Jordan. At a Crossroad

Like many political fruits of the Sykes-Picot agreement, Jordan is a relatively new State in an ancient land. It was created in 1950, evolving from ‘The Emirate of Transjordan’ (in Arabic: Imarat Sharq-Al-Urdun) – a British protectorate. Jordan is important for Christians. It is home to many Biblical places – including Mount Nebo – and…

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The Economy is Jordan’s Main Weakness and Source of Risk.

Yet, Islamist pressures exist in Jordan. Just as in the early 90’s, when Arab mujahedin fighters returned to their countries (Algeria, Jordan, Egypt, etc.) from the Afghan war, so too Islamist combatants have started to return from Syria, as government forces gradually retake the territory. In the past few years, Prince Rashid bin Hassan, head…

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The Islamists and ISIS

The Islamic Action Front, the Jordanian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, has grown in significance on the street. Yet, it defies the Jordanian approach to Islamists, which has been to allow them representation to better absorb their impact. It’s largely made up, and represents, Palestinians. But, it’s more moderate than Hamas, which is the main…

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Transjordan, Jordan and the Hashemite Monarchy

Despite Great Britain’s promises made to the Hashemites – who claim to be descendants of the Prophet Muhammad like the al-Saud tribe – London stalled on the creation of an Arab kingdom. In 1920, the San Remo conference gave the former Ottoman territories of Palestine, Transjordan and Iraq to the British (the British Mandate). The…

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Rely on one own strength first.

We are in Pikine, a Dakar suburb, Senegal. Father Armel Duteil, is the one telling the story. He is an 80-year-old Spiritan missionary. French by…

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The Water-Buffalo and the Tiger.

Once there lived a hard-working farmer in a small village who had a water-buffalo. Every day, with his plough on his shoulder, he led his water-buffalo…

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Youth & Mission

Nine Challenges Facing Young People in Syria.

For over nine years, violence and displacement have devastated opportunities for youth across the country. Here are nine of the most pressing challenges facing young people…

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