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Those modern Jordanians

Athena, an American blogger studying in Jordan, gives a chilling example of the deep cultural roots of honor killings.

Today I was visiting the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan and my roommate, we�ll call here Sally, went with me because she had to meet with the same professor as I.
She started crying in the taxi on the way back home telling me about her experience the other night with her Jordanian boyfriend, we�ll call him Malik.
Sally and Malik haven�t been dating for very long and I won�t go into the details of their relationship, but she really did like this guy, and I liked him as well. He seemed very Western, spoke English well, acted respectably, dressed nice, came from an affluent and well-off family. He even lived in Europe for two years and had relationships with girls there.
They went out to eat last night and she brought up the subject of honor killings.

Take my advice and read the rest … then bookmark Athena’s blog, Terrorism Unveiled. She’s the blogosphere’s undercover agent in Jordan, so you can count on reading some fascinating takes on the clash between West and East.

UPDATE: A Jordanian blogger named Natasha has taken up Athena’s challenge with her own post at Mental Mayhem. Be sure to scroll down and read the comments after the post. I think Athena’s getting the better of Natasha in this exchange, but Natasha writes well (although she’s a bit quick on the “Racism!” trigger).

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