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Roba Al Assi

After a childhood in thriving metropolitan Saudi Arabia, I moved to my native Jordan in 2003 to pursue a degree in Fine Arts and Design.

I have a long-term fascination with how art and culture shape and sometimes even control public perceptions and mentalities. Art has a critical role in producing culture, both in the past and today, and I spend countless hours trying to increase art appreciation in a culture that devalues the fine arts. I also love observing trends related to globalization in the local culture.

My personal blog can be accessed at http://andfaraway.net.

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Latest posts by Roba Al Assi

6 March 2006

From the Jordanian Blogosphere

A lot has happened in the past week or so that has gotten a lot of reactions from the Jordanian blogosphere- Al-Qaeda prisoners riot in Jordanian jails and other Al-Qaeda...

25 February 2006

From the Jordanian Blogosphere

The Jordanian bloggers are angry over the attack on Islamic, particularly Shi'aa, monument the Askariya Shrine, some of them are comparing the unneeded reactions from Muslims towards the Danish cartoon...

19 February 2006

From the Jordanian Blogosphere

“No Comment” caricature by Wael Attili The Jordanian blogosphere is discussing more traditional aspects relating to our culture and language this week. Khalidah writes about Jordanian traditions when it comes...

11 February 2006

From the Jordanian Blogosphere

The Jordanian blogosphere has a lot to say on the Jordanian constitution this week. Naseem Tarawneh writes about the 200 temporary laws and the Jordanian Constitution created between 1999 and...

7 February 2006

The Jordanian Blogosphere Reacts to the Danish Cartoons

Like a lot of the blogosphere, the topic that has been taking over Jordanian blogs in the past two weeks is the infamous Danish cartoons: Ameen Malhas of Banzeen says,...

14 January 2006

From the Jordanian Blogosphere

Jordan: Exempting US citizens from extradition and trial One of the issues in the Jordanian blogosphere is the Jordanian parliament's decision to ratify a bilateral agreement between Jordan and the...

3 January 2006

From the Jordanian Blogosphere

“Jordanian Director, Amin Matalqa displays his martial art skills on the top of a building in downtown Amman, Jordan” by Laith Majali A new year is here, so first off,...

17 December 2005

From the Jordanian Blogosphere

Some interesting and controversial social topics are being discussed in the Jordanian blogosphere this week. Freedom of Speech Freedom of speech is not a given commodity in the Arab world,...

3 December 2005

From the Jordanian Blogosphere

“Jordan Planet's first North American Meet-up” by Jameed “November Jordanian Blogger Meet-up” by Roba Al-Assi As an interesting forty percent of Jordanian bloggers don't reside in Jordan, meet-ups are occurring...

26 November 2005

From the Jordanian Blogosphere

Jordan: A New Government in the Making The newly appointed Prime Minster has been announced, being Marouf Bakhit. Naseem Tarawneh thinks that this might help the path to reform. Khalaf...

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