New "Under My Olive Tree" has arrived!

I would like to welcome the new “Under My Olive Tree“. Not only did the theme change but the content as well. I tried to make this website as the main source of information regarding the Middle East, I have added:

  • A good source of books about the Middle East!
  • Interesting movies to watch about the Middle East!
  • Links to a variety of non-bias sources for News and media websites!

But perhaps the most important new addition to the website is the “Activism” part; it is the closest to my heart.

I have added the “Get Involved” page that encourages people to become part of their local community. I have heard many people who feel they need to make a change, make a difference in someone’s life but don’t know where to begin. And since I’m heavily involved in activism, I have started with Jordan.

I will be updating these pages regularly.

I would like to thank my buddy Malik Shishtawi “www.Shishtawi.info” who created the branding and the design of this website.

Please feel free to leave any comments or suggestions.

Thanks

Ali Dahmash

Comments

  1. Malik Sh.

    May 8, 2010

    1st Comment in the new blog :)
    Congratulations buddy !

    Malik Sh.

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    Well written. I never thought I would agree with this opinion, but I’m beginning to view things from a different view. I have to research more on this as it appears quite interesting. One thing I don’t understand though is how everything is related together.

  3. Katy

    May 8, 2010

    Hi- My name is Katy Gilbert and I work for Stories of Our City….a weekly podcast to cultivate community by sharing true stories from around the globe. We are currently sharing stories from the Middle East to tear down stereotypes of the region. I live in Beirut and have been sharing stories from the region (Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Palestinians living in these lands, and the Emirates ….so far, with more coming soon)
    We have already produced 38 stories that vary in length ranging from 3 min. to 10 min. The topics of the stories are varied – surviving bombings to first love…..hiding things from parents to car accidents. Stories from everyday life to show that all humanity has more in common that what divides us. We have over 6,500 downloads and now average about 1,000 downloads per month.
    I would like to talk with you about how I can help share the stories from Amman and would like to interview you for the project as well. I will be in Amman in a week and would love to touch base with you then. you can find us at storiesofourcity at gmail dot com
    Ok, enough of me chatting about the project. Please visit our website http://www.storiesofourcity.com. Also, this project has been featured in the Beirut Daily Star http://bit.ly/cDe0rk and in other US publications (the Boise Weekly and on the radio: Idaho NPR)
    I look forward to hearing from you soon-
    Katy Gilbert

  4. shalabieh

    May 8, 2010

    Thanks for the Hamzet Wasel mention on your get involved page :)

    Good to see you active and working.

    S.

  5. Mariana

    May 9, 2010

    Hello, I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice I will keep visiting your site often.That is some inspirational stuff. Never knew that opinions could be this varied. Thanks for all the enthusiasm to offer such helpful information here.

  6. Ali Dahmash

    May 9, 2010

    Thanks all for your comments. Katy, I will contact you.

  7. Diana

    May 9, 2010

    Congrats! its amazing..adding it to my daily blogs to read :) apparently will be one of my favorites as well :) 2 thumbs up!
    i loved and truely admired the sections: get involved,books and movies!
    unbelievably interesting,professional and well written!

    social work and volunteering! yeah you will be hearing from me much and soon :)

    congrats again..keep it up :)

  8. hamza

    May 9, 2010

    Finally, your blog is now compatible with Google Chrome. the titles were missing before.

    Congratulations buddy. Great effort and your initiatives are appreciated. :)

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    May 10, 2010

    Being a Newbie, I’m usually looking on-line for articles that may assist me. Thank you

  12. admin

    May 10, 2010

    Diana, thanks will be looking forward to hear from you.
    Hamza, shayeff ballah;)
    Jeffery, glad to know

  13. Leann Berno

    May 10, 2010

    you know your stuff, thank you alot, great read.

  14. Nas

    May 11, 2010

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    I have behind the sky a sky for my return, but I
    am still polishing the metal of this place, and living
    an hour that foresees the unknown. I know time
    will not be my ally twice, and I know I will exit
    my banner as a bird that does not alight on trees in the garden.
    I will exit all of my skin, and my language.
    And some talk about love will descend in
    Lorca poems that will live in my bedroom
    and see what I have seen of the bedouin moon. I will exit
    the almond trees as cotton on the brine of the sea. The stranger passed
    carrying seven hundred years of horses. The stranger passed
    right here, for the stranger to pass over there. I will soon exit
    the wrinkles ofmy time as a stranger to Syria and the Andalus.
    This earth is not my sky, yet this sky is my evening
    and the keys are mine, the minarets are mine, the lanterns are mine, and I
    am also mine. I am the Adam of two Edens, I lost them twice.
    So expel me slowly,
    and kill me quickly,
    beneath my olive tree,
    with Lorca …

    - Mahmoud Darwish

  15. admin

    May 11, 2010

    Naseem, thanks for sharing Mamoud Darwish poetry, I just loved it!

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    May 12, 2010

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  18. Ali Dahmash

    May 13, 2010

    Thanks a lot Mykle, appreciate the encourging words

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    May 13, 2010

    Agustine, Im glad you enjoy my site, and its always great to hear the other side of the story :)

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