AYAMM, Arab Youth and Modern Media
Online Magazine targeted to the Youth!!!! What do I want from it?
"I'm not sure. Really" Sana' a 17 year old student, "I think I want to be able to find all the information that I want in there". And here pops up the obvious
question in our minds!!! What are the information that you want to find on the Internet as a Jordanian youth. Ayamm is a magazine that tailors the needs of the new age of Jordan,,, The YOUTH. But in order to tailor those needs, there had to be extensive
research among the targeted group of youth, and other similar projects in the Arab word and worldwide. Read On
by Mahasen al Emam - AWMC Director and AYAMM Chief Editor
News Letter Staff
MS. Duaa and Hadeel
Arab woman journalists' day
Madam President project
(AWMC), honoured 11 women working for
various local media establishments
AMMAN (Petra) - HRH
Princess Basma, chairperson of the Arab Women Media Centre (AWMC),
honoured 11 women working for various local media establishments, in
appreciation of their role and achievements in the sector.
During a ceremony organised by the AWMC, in cooperation with the Higher
Media Council (HMC), and UNIFEM, to mark Arab Media Women Day, Princess
Basma highlighted important role of media personnel.
In her address at the event, the Princess stressed that Jordanian women
still have much to offer to accomplish more achievements and reach the
Commending HMC training programmes, she underlined the importance of the
message of Jordanian media workers and its contribution to Arab media.
Referring to the role of women parliamentarians and journalists, she
said they are important “since they represent one of the major factors
of change in society”, and encouraged more women to participate in the
In his remarks at the ceremony, Minister of State for Media Affairs and
Communications Nasser Judeh highlighted His Majesty King Abdullah’s
direct support for Jordanian women, Her Majesty Queen Rania’s follow-up
on women’s activities and Princess Basma’s efforts in this area.
Other speakers at the event included HMC President Sima Bahous, UNIFEM
Director Mona Ghanem and AWMC President Mahasen Emam, who underlined the
importance of empowering women to enhance their contribution to the
The ceremony included a seminar on the “Role of the Media in Enhancing
Female Parliamentarians’ Performance”.
The AWMC, which was established in 1999 upon the directives of Princess
Basma to empower Arab women journalists, has been a reference point for
various women journalists.
The centre has provided specialised media tools and studies to empower
Jordanian women and raise their awareness about women’s rights issues
and sustainable development by providing training, workshops,
specialised conferences and documentaries.
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD
AWMC manual on line – just click
Media literacy, Subject [Let your voice be heard].
20 Women candidates as MP and young women activists.
Publishing media education to non media – how addressing local and
national media as a women candidates – AWMC election guide book as
candidates manual for both media and lobbying. Details please go
In memory of Martyr
Arab Journalists and Writers - Published by AAI - Just
Launch of the
MENA Election Guide
Analysis, background information and news monitoring on elections
throughout the Middle East and North Africa
Once again the MENA Region is entering an extraordinary election year –
elections in Algeria, Morocco, Syria, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan, Qatar and
Turkey are on the agenda. Who wants to keep the overview, be able to
judge events and candidates, finds – starting 1st of May 2007 – the
right resources on the MENA Election Guide of the Regional Program Near
East / Mediterranean of the
.Comprehensive analysis, background stories on candidates, parties,
election laws as well as recent results are provided by this unique
Browse through the 20 different countries and read what local, regional
and international media and experts have to say on the current
campaigns, important candidates, how they judge recent results or
reforms under way. The Regional Program Near East / Mediterranean of
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung creates with this website a forum for different
opinions and points of views presenting a diverse picture of election
processes in the MENA region.
Please feel free to contact us for any further information:
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Regional Program Near East / Mediterranean
Phone +962-6-592 97 77
Fax +962-6-593 30 87
Claudette Antoine Werleigh is Designated
New Secretary General of Pax Christi International
Claudette Antoine Werleigh of Haiti will become the next Secretary
General of Pax Christi International, taking office in November 2007.
The decision was made at a recent Executive Committee meeting, which
took place on 13 and 14 November 2006. Claudette will succeed to Etienne
De Jonghe, who will be retiring at the end of 2007.
view more on Claudette Antoine Werleigh please go here
Arab women media center wish
all best in her new designation.
Message from H.B. Michel Sabbah
President Pax Christi International
Reference: 161PLE Saturday, 03 December 2005
Brussels, 3 December 2005
As International President of Pax Christi I wish to add my voice to
those pleading for the lives of Norman Kember, Tom Fox, Harmeet Singh
Sooden and James Loney. They are men of peace. They went to Iraq to
witness to peace, to learn of the suffering of Iraq, to be in solidarity
with the people of Iraq. They are friends, not enemies, of the people of
Iraq. In mercy and justice I urge those who are holding these men to
release them as soon as possible.
As a movement of peace, reconciliation and non-violence, Pax Christi
supports the work of the Christian Peacemaker Teams who have been
present in Palestine and Iraq for several years. We value their role in
supporting communities and providing first-hand, independent reports
from the region.
For more please click
AWMC President MRS
Al Emam Mahasen and all AWMC journalists' members adding
their voices loudly to free Norman Kember, Tom Fox, Harmeet Singh Sooden
and James Loney. They are men of peace. They went to Iraq to witness to
Journalist Mahasen AL emam
Collective pics for all
highly appreciated PAX Christi International to sponsoring Seminar in
Prague - Chez "Promoting Exchange between NGOs, media and researchers
from the Middle East and new EU member states"
On behalf of Arab women media center
institute I would like to express my deep gratitude and extreme
thanks to Pax Christi International for giving
us the great opportunity to meet all of you in Prague and attend
the Seminar "Promoting Exchange between NGOs, media and
researchers from the Middle East and new EU member states". The
Seminar was rich, informative and met our expectations. We are
looking forward to meet again in Beirut in order to share more
experiences and to open more horizons with Central Europe
Thanks for every member for the good
spirit and friendly atmosphere they have created during the
MRS. Al emam
Mahasen the head of AWMC
www.ayamm.org has presented working paper on role of
national media in promoting Jordanian women's role in political
life in the country.
Seminar started Feb 1st till Feb
4th - 2006 in which several topics has been discussed, as well
as exchange of experiences between NGOs, media and researchers
from the Middle East and new EU member states" done and our
expectations has met the objectives of Prague Seminar.
Most important matter was, we all
still having sort of brotherly and friendly human relation, that
is also the best practical and human mission furnished by PAX
international, hope we will keep it and work on promoting such
human aspects in the future.
Statement AEI-Open Windows
A Call for Moderation
Without reservation, AEI-Open Windows
condemns the cartoons picturing the Prophet Mohammed as a terrorist as
they were originally published by a Danish newspaper and later reprinted
in publications that appeared in several other European countries. These
cartoons deny respect to Islam and Islamic traditions as well as to
Islamic believers who hold dear the tenets of their religion, including
the prohibition to make a picture of the Prophet Mohammed. Even when
such cartoons are intended to test the limits of the freedom of
expression, they are bound to foster hate, stereotyping and ignorance
towards a community that already is subject to widespread discrimination
in European countries.
At the same time, protests – some of which based on a misperception of
the West or of westerners as being exclusively Christian - should be
conducted with dignity, restraint and certainly without any violence
directed at persons and properties. This especially applies to the lives
of foreigners and Christian citizens in Middle Eastern countries, and to
the integrity of diplomatic missions and Christian prayer places in the
Middle East. We keep the Palestinian National Authority accountable to
its promise that it does all it can to protect foreigners visiting or
residing in Palestine.
AEI-Open Windows fully shares the call for moderation and wisdom as
voiced by many religious authorities from all sides. At these times it
is imperative to fight ignorance and religious prejudices and to support
religious sensitivity, tolerance, civil security, and the promotion of
respect through intercultural and inter-religious dialogue. Together
with others, AEI will further develop its work for internal peace
education in support of Moslem-Christian living together and national
unity in Palestine.
Bethlehem - the holly land
AWMC point of view
in Arabic text please go
DO YOU LOVE KIDS? IF DO PLEASE BROWS
ALL KIDS LOVE IC CREAM, ALSO LOVE TOYS
BUT IN PALESTINE AND IRAQ THEY
THIS IS THEIR ONLY IC CREAM AND TOYS
Bahrain woman to head UN assembly
The assembly comprises all 191 UN member states
Bahrain's first female diplomat
Haya Rashed al-Khalifa is due to be
formally elected president of the UN General Assembly, UN officials say.
details please click here
CAWTAR and IFC press release on women
3 days workshop in Tunis; JFBPW were
in, represented by Rana K. El Akhal Chief Executive Officer Jordan Forum
for Business and Professional Women
press release please go here
To view matter in
Arabic text PDF format please click here
ARAB INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S FORUM 2006
Building Bridges, Building Business Between the City of London, the Arab
World and the International Community
It gives me great pleasure to write to you today as Chairman and on
behalf of the Arab International Women’s Forum about the AIWF 2006
Programme which was launched last month with two important events. The
Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman David Brewer CMG invited AIWF
to celebrate our 5th Anniversary at the Mansion House in a Dinner hosted
by the Lady Mayoress and himself. This special event, on 20th April
2006, brought together AIWF multinational and international partners,
members and other supporters from government, business, academic,
professional and diplomatic circles from 35 countries.
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al - Abdullah
was the Guest of Honour. Ms Cherie Booth, QC was a guest at the
reception, on this occasion. For more please click
About Arabs International Women's Forum just -AIWFO- press here
the Salzurg Seminar
Please go here
AWMC are launching media campaign named
after martyr MR. Al Akkad
Akkad org in Greater Syria countering Al
Qaeda org in Mesopotamia
victims' of last terrorist' attacks - Amman - Jordan
time now to act not talk; that is what MRS. Al emam - Director of AWMC
said, denying, denouncing, condemnations, are not enough to countering
terror and terrorists, we've to call things by their real names, no
reasons what ever so give permissions or license to pan icing and
destructions also killing innocents and claiming defending Islam and
Moslems, religions calling for love and peace and giving self
satisfaction when believing in God, so our strategy based on the
for calling others atheist because they are not Moslems, all people
in our world believing in one God even agnostics.
for killing civilians and destroying public places.
for dictators and autocrats, also no for using religions to
brainwashing men and women to kill themselves in suicides act to win
the paradise and God's love.
for Islam or any religions are good and suited as lord doctrine and
Yes, for defending home country against aggressions and dominations
Yes, for freedom of thinking and believing and freedom of
Yes, for encouraging talented fellows to practicing their talents
and arts in any demonstrations they like to serve their nations'
Yes, for Democracy and freedom also respecting human rights is best
way to reach real paradise.
Tactics; first when addressing our nation
our campaign must be a convincing one either in speech or
media releases, to change their old expired religious' doctrines, also they
should listen to others believes and viewing.
when addressing others we've to think in English, even expressing our
selves in Arabic, it will be much better than speaking good English and
thinking in Arabic.
MS. Rana Sweis AWMC active member said;
I met Mustapha in Jordan a year ago, and interviewed him. I
wanted to share with you a bit about his life, and films--in
January 1, 2004
By Rana Sweis
Star Staff Writer
As he sat back comfortably, holding a
mahogany brown colored smoke pipe, Moustapha Akkad whose films
include The Message and Lion of the Desert starring Anthony
Quinn, spoke of his life and career in Hollywood. His fans in
America know him best as executive producer of all eight
Halloween films starring Jamie Lee Curtis, who became
recognizable in Hollywood thereafter. “You have to know your
audience,” Akkad emphasized more than once during his short stay
At the age of 18, Akkad left his home in Aleppo, Syria seeking
to fulfill one of his dreams—‘to make it’ in Hollywood. “I got
lots of laughs,” he told The Star in an exclusive interview. “I
remember my whole neighborhood was laughing at the idea and I
mean it was crazy,” he said softly but in a serious tone. He
felt a sense of duality in his new home in Los Angeles. “In my
house, I am a pure Arab, mentally and everything,” he said.
“When I step out, I am thinking like an American.”
The 70-year-old producer and director, studied theater arts at
the University of California at Los Angeles, where he graduated
in 1958. He later received his Masters degree from the
University of Southern California. “In America I practice my
religion and culture in more freedom than in any other Arab or
Muslim country,” he admitted. But his upcoming project, Saladin,
the story of a Muslim who recaptured from the western Crusaders
in 1197, may prove to be his biggest success. “We are still in
the process of searching for a location to shoot this film,”
said Akkad who put Jordan on the list of possible film locations
in the Arab world.
The script for Saladin is already finished and actor sensation
Sean Connery has accepted to star in the upcoming movie, Akkad
noted. “Islam right now is portrayed as a ‘terrorist’ religion
in the West and by doing this kind of movie, I am portraying the
true image of Islam,” he explained. He promised that it will
appeal to western audiences because he has formulated ways so
that that they can relate to it in some form or aspect. “If
something is very different or totally alien, it makes it more
difficult to get the audience’s attention or even their desire
to watch a film,” said Akkad. In Lion of the Desert, Omar Al
Mukhtar was a teacher who later became a fighter. “The scene
began with Al Mukhtar seated in the classroom, as a humble
teacher” Akkad explained. “That’s why western audiences were
able to relate to this character,” he added.
While studying in Los Angeles, Akkad learned methods of staging
motion pictures and television production and was ready to start
his career. He began by applying to various jobs in studious and
television networks, which gave him the opportunity to work with
various directors. He worked hard on training and finally got
the opportunity to be part of MGM’s film Ride The High Country.
Thereafter, Akkad ventured out on his own. He worked with the
Central Broadcasting Station (CBS) as a director and producer of
a program called As Other See Us. Then he began his own
production company directing and producing several documentary
and television series. As his success kept rising, he decided to
raise money for his legendary film The Message which taught the
international community the story of the beginning of Islam.
“You can never stop fulfilling your dream in your life,” Akkad
said. “There must always be a dream, after you fulfill one dream
you have to start a new dream.”
Along with journalists, and other key figures in Jordan, Akkad
met with Prime Minister Faisal El Fayez, who informed Akkad on
the new Royal Film Academy (RFA) in Jordan. “It sounds great,”
Akkad said of the RFA. “From the people who have spoken to me,
it seems that they really want to help in anyway they can
whether it’s about convincing outsiders to shoot on location or
help in developing Jordan’s theater scene.”
Pope John Paul II stands on top of Mount Nebo
- Jordan during a March 2000 visit to Jordan (AP photo by Arturo Mari)
non-media training course
from the Mashriq region
More than half of the population in
the Middle East is below 30 years of age. Therefore, both AWMC and
Pax Christi Netherlands have identified youth as one of the most
important target groups in this region. Arab Women Media Centre
has in the past years gained experience in organising training
courses for people with and without a media background, mainly
adressing women. Recently, AWMC has acted as guest lecturer at the
New York Institute for Technical Training in Amman, lecturing
young people from both sexes on modern media. While dealing with
young people, it became clear that they are very eager to
participate in training activities and to be given opportunities
to learn and develop themselves. AWMC and Pax Christi share the
conviction that media are an important tool for educating about
human rights and democracy and promoting tolerance. In light of
the above, AWMC and Pax Christi will organise together a
media-for-non-media training course for university students from
Jordan, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon. The problems young people in
these countries meet are similar and by bringing students from
these different countries together, they can learn from each
other’s situation and from the different levels of press freedom
in each other’s countries.
Dears Youths friends AWMC inviting you to
participate in the coming workshop details as following:
Arabic text please click
Media to non Media training activities please click
A published story By
Mahasen Al Emam in
NEWSDAY news paper
Newsday, one of the nation's largest daily
newspapers, serves Long Island and New York City as the premier
source of local news and comprehensive national and international
By Mahasen Al
Mahasen Al Emam is founder and director of the Arab
Women Media Center in Amman. She was the first female editor of
Al-Bilad, a weekly Jordanian newspaper.
April 13, 2003
Like all Arabs, Jordanians are addicted to living in agony, as if
to grieve has become their lot in life. While the crisis of the
Palestinian people stretches from the past to consume the present
and to impede the future, Jordanians now must live through the
drama of the war on Iraq, which adds yet another catastrophe to
the other tragic visions blaring on the Arab horizon.
Jordanians have been glued to the TV screens to watch the
calamities of the war, and they find themselves stricken by
depression and stress and confusion of memory. They live in a
state of intense apprehension, as one news item raises their
morale - seeing American pilots captured - while another - seeing
high casualties among Iraqi women and children - strains their
The war on Iraq has paralyzed business for restaurants and cafes.
Social gatherings are being canceled or scaled down; wedding halls
are closed. According to one owner, patrons of Internet cafes have
decreased dramatically because they watch the news of the war at
home. He said he has had to lay off numerous workers.
So it is at fast-food restaurants, which were frequented by youth
before the war. But in the case of American-style restaurants,
business is shrinking as a result of the tendency of people to
boycott anything American or American-style.
Movie theaters have become empty. Hotels have turned into lifeless
statues at the outskirts of the city. Mothers at home are
perplexed about how to answer their children's questions: Why the
war on Iraq? Why do Americans and British hate us? Don't we have
the right to live?
All, young and old, take the war on Iraq to be the first of a
succession of wars on all Arab nations, with no exception. Fear
and acute anxiety strike adults, perhaps more than youngsters.
Intellectuals and members of labor and trade unions have organized
intense marches in solidarity with the Iraqi people. The marchers
light candles, donate blood, wear dark clothes and write
statements and appeals signed by public figures to send to the
United Nations. These statements express their rejection of the
war and demand that it be stopped immediately for the safety of
women and children. They also voice concern for the preservation
of historical and religious sites in Baghdad, a city known to be
the most important Arab center of culture, sometimes referred to
as the Civilization between the Two Rivers (the Tigris and the
Euphrates). When Baghdad fell last week, friends of our family
said it reminded them of the 1967 war, when the Arabs lost the
West Bank and observed Israeli soldiers marching in east
Jerusalem's streets. One went deep into history and recalled when
the Moguls destroyed Baghdad.
There are few Jordanians who have never visited Baghdad.
Jordanians go there to participate in conferences or to visit
religious and historical sights. Jordan was the Iraqi window to
the outside world during 12 years of UN embargo. And, as there is
considerable intermarriage between Jordanians and Iraqis, families
from both countries frequently exchange visits. A Jordanian artist
married to an Iraqi woman says he wishes he could be in Iraq to
take part in defending this precious homeland.
In general, Jordanians viewed Saddam Hussein through two different
goggles: To some he was a hero who was going to unify Arabs and
liberate Palestine; others saw him as an Arab dictator who, like
others, should be out of power. Nonetheless, feelings of fury and
disgust prevail against what is taking place in Iraq.
But all words and expressions are futile in the ugly face of the
war we observe on a daily basis. It is an ugliness that reiterates
what is happening in Palestine. We see the same F-16s and Apaches
flying over Iraq that we see bombarding Gaza and the Jeanine
News coverage and editorials in the Jordanian press reflect the
people's rejection of the war and of the American-British invasion
of Iraq's territory and its people. A fellow journalist asked, Is
this justice? Is this liberation?Another answered, The Americans
are achieving liberation by liberating the souls of Iraqis from
their bodies and carrying out justice through indiscriminate
attacks by missiles and cluster bombs.
Journalists are particularly furious and offended at what happened
to Tariq Ayoub, a Palestinian-Jordanian correspondent for
Al-Jazeera in Baghdad. He was killed when the Americans fired on
the roof of Al-Jazeera's offices in a residential section of the
city. They consider this incident a crime against journalists, an
assault on freedom of expression and a raid on the democracy that
British and American leaders claim to promote.
From what I hear on the street, Jordanians have lost confidence in
all Arab leaders, and in the United Nations. They see the Arab
leaders as cowards, as America's agents. They ask, If these
leaders don't care about this national crisis, how will they care
about their own people? The UN implements its resolutions when it
is easy, as against Iraq, but not when it is hard, as against
Israel. People here anticipate at any moment the fall of another
Selective on line
of war with Iraq This
is a Sim City-like prediction of war with Iraq produced by Idleworm, asite
earlier known for AOL (Ashcroft On Line). The question being raised on
the Online News list and among other cyber journalists is where this type of
alternative reality program fits in our world.
would be insane
BY Noam Chomsky,
a leading American
academic who has been at the
forefront of anti-war protests since the 1960s, says the Bush
administration is wrong to stress military options in its dealings
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