between the lands

Jessica and Andrew’s travel journal

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Radio Reesheh3

Posted by Andrew in JORDAN (November 22, 2006 at 12:21 pm)

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Reesheh(Risheh?) is a Bedouin town of less than 2,000 people in the middle of the desert in Southern Jordan. CIMG6880 roof view of risheh.jpgWe’ve been here for the last few days along with the Prometheus Radio Project to help the people in the village build their own radio station, and teach them how to operate it.
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If you haven’t heard about Prometheus, they are dope. They do ‘barnraisings’ where people get together and build a community radio station in a few days. They’ve done it all over the states, as well as in Africa, Latin America, Katmandu, and elsewhere.
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Click here for a movie showing some of the progress in Reesheh so far——the station should be done by the end of the week.

All of the out of towners helping build the station were at the AMARC conference which just finished up in Amman. It was quite inspiring, meeting people from all over the world who are making great radio, or fighting to be allowed to do so. It was kind of like being in a subway car in NYC, except everybody was excited and talking to each other.
You can hear a report about the conference, which I contributed to, at this page.

—Nuff props to Jackson and apologies that I didn’t do more to help.

It’s really the desert out here by the way…..
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And for those who feel we haven’t commented enough on our accommodations along the way, here’s a traveler tip: Aqaba, Jordan is home to a hotel where they fold your towels better than anywhere else—possibly in the world.
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I should have a report on the radio next week about the completion of the station—ill let ya’ll know soon….

***update***– you can listen to the report by clicking here its the last story in the half hour show

petra movie1

Posted by Andrew in JORDAN (November 14, 2006 at 9:49 am)

i think I got at least one movie here to see some really old ish..


Posted by Andrew in JORDAN (November 12, 2006 at 6:44 pm)

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well, as I was warned, the old stuff in Europe is put to shame by the old stuff in the middle east. Check out Petra is the best advice i can give. It was a city hidden in a valley, which was ‘re-discovered’ in the early 1800’s. The place is totally beyond words–heres some pics:
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There are still at least a dozen bedouin families living in these caves.
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Most of the bedouin have been moved to a nearby village. We stayed in the park after sunset, and some of the locals invited us to their house for some tea and nargeeleh. We rode donkeys across the desert as the stars came out. At their home, we met Amal, an 18 year old who left school when she was 10 to sell trinkets to tourists. Shes damn smart.
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I have a video of her and the rest of the crew, who were very hospitable, which i would like to post but im still figuring out how to do this movie editing stuff, and its too large a file. stay tuned…

We are back in Amman now, attending the AMARC worldwide community radio conference. People from more than 100 countries are here. For those who dont know what community radio is, we spent an hour trying to define it–basically its radio which is produced by members of the community, and addresses issues important to the members of the local community.
The first day was spent on community radio in North Africa and the Middle East, which is rare because of government refusal to allow it. Often even if there are laws permitting these stations, they still are stifled. The second day was discussing womens roles, how to increase their participation, and how the stations can be used to benefit women in particular. We will largely be in the conference bubble for the next week or so..other than that Jordan is great and everybody is really nice.
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Oh, and of course–some people have written to me asking about reaction here in the arab world to the US elections.CIMG6720 arab election paper.jpg
In a nutshell, people were indeed watching closely, they are happy with the results, and they hope that its the end of a very dark era.
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On a side note, I won an award this week for a radio story I did last year. Much props to my old school homie Ellerie for picking it up at the ceremony in Chicago. It was an excellence in radio award given by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. The story was about when the Hillsborough county commission banned any government participation or acknowledgment of Gay Pride.
You can listen by clicking here its the second to last story in the newscast.

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Posted by Jessica in JORDAN, FRANCE (November 7, 2006 at 5:06 pm)

we arrived late last night in amman, on a flight from paris.

spent today wandering around downtown. hey! they speak arabic here! and they have a totally different alphabet!
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were like 2 lost kittens, but it’s pretty cool.

tomorrow : ancient city of petra

peace, yall!


but first….at least some pics from Paris, oui?
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Paris reminded me of NYC in its pace–people crossing the streets whereever they want, as opposed to amsterdam, where they always cross at the crosswalk, and Florence, where they have to drive 1 mph to avoid running over tourists on narrow streets.
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Lots of great street life as well:
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we were eating a gormet feast by one of Frances best kept secrets–chef Tony, when a half-of-europe-wide blackout occured. So we had to eat our cheese in the dark.
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A special thanks to our esteemed host Salil! Au revior..until we return to europe in 3 weeks. CIMG6178 guy coming out of wall.jpg