Jane Arraf

GlobalPost Mid-East editor and CSM Iraq Correspondent

Jane Arraf appears in the following:

In Iraq, Rising Virus Cases And Oxygen Shortages Stoke Outrage, Fears Of 'Chaos'

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Crowds have seized supplies for ill relatives, and officials warn the health system could collapse. "This is a war against the coronavirus and we have lost the war," says an Iraqi official.

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A Spike In Coronavirus Cases Causes Outrage In Iraq

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

A spike in coronavirus cases and a shortage of medical resources has led to panic and unrest in Iraq. Some hospitals are filling, and family members have seized oxygen tanks for loved ones.

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After 'Missteps' And Controversies, Museum Of The Bible Works To Clean Up Its Act

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The museum has tightened its acquisition policies and is working to return potentially looted objects. Early acquisitions reflected a lack of expertise and lack of policy, its chief curator tells NPR.

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Saudi Officials Announce This Year's Hajj Will Be 'Very Limited'

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Saudi Arabia has said this year's Hajj will be restricted to pilgrims already within the kingdom. Because of the coronavirus, pilgrims will not be able to enter Saudi Arabia.

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Laid Off By U.S. Contractor, Iraqi Interpreters Fear ISIS Retaliation

Friday, June 12, 2020

A U.S. military contractor abruptly laid off most of the U.S.-led coalition's Iraqi interpreters. Some have gone into hiding. "We ... will be easily hunted down," a group wrote to the U.S. military.

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Where Jesus Was Baptized, Jordan Vies With Israel For Tourists

Friday, May 29, 2020

While UNESCO and the Vatican agree the site is in Jordan, a spot across the Jordan River, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, draws more visitors.

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Bedouin Tour Guide Loses His House After Jordan Closes Borders During The Pandemic

Monday, May 25, 2020

The pandemic has affected people of various occupations across the world. One of them is a Bedouin tour guide in Jordan's ancient ruins of Petra. He has lost his home and is back in a tent.

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U.S. Authorities Say Hobby Lobby's Gilgamesh Tablet Is 'Stolen,' Must Go Back To Iraq

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

U.S. federal prosecutors are seeking the return of the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet, purchased by Hobby Lobby for display in the Museum of the Bible, which authorities say cooperated with the investigation.

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Animals Roam Free In Petra Heritage Site Under Jordan's COVID-19 Lockdown

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Tourists' absence from the ancient city has made way for the cats, dogs, birds and other creatures to take over.

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Iraq's Former Spy Chief Voted Prime Minister After 6 Months Of Caretaker Government

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Mustafa al-Kadhimi was the third candidate whom Iraq's president had asked to try to form a government. Parliament approved the majority of Kadhimi's Cabinet early Thursday morning.

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Iraqi Parliament Chooses Mustafa Al-Kadhimi To Be Prime Minister

Thursday, May 07, 2020

After months of political paralysis, Iraq's parliament has chosen a prime minister. Mustafa al-Kadhimi, a former intelligence chief, is supported by the United States.

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'1st Time To See It Like This': Petra Tourism Workers Long For Visitors To Return

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has done what even war did not — bring Jordan's vital travel industry to a halt, and with it, the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of workers.

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Charity Gains New Importance For Muslims Observing Ramadan Amid Economic Shutdowns

Friday, April 24, 2020

Giving to the poor is an essential part of the holy month, which began Friday, and with so many people thrown out of work, observers say it's particularly needed now.

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Muslims Mark Ramadan During Coronavirus Pandemic

Friday, April 24, 2020

Ramadan has begun for Muslims around the world. In the Middle East, the month of fasting and prayer is deeply altered by restrictions intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Jordan Takes Early And Intense Action To Slow The Coronavirus

Monday, April 20, 2020

The small Jordanian kingdom is mounting an intense effort to control the coronavirus, as seen in a look at their crisis center.

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Yemen Reports Its 1st COVID-19 Case

Saturday, April 11, 2020

In a country at war and already seeing widespread malnutrition, Yemen's troubles are compounded by the threat of the coronavirus.

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Yemen, Already Facing A Health Crisis, Confirms Its 1st Coronavirus Case

Friday, April 10, 2020

Five years of fighting has left the country in ruins. "We are bracing for the worst," a U.N. official said. The country is already dealing with war, poverty and malnutrition.

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Coronavirus Is Changing The Rituals Of Death For Many Religions

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

The virus is upending burial traditions across cultures, from the washing of the body of a loved one in Iraq to the gathering of mourners in Israel.

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Global Roundtable: Coronavirus Crisis Upends Death Rituals

Monday, April 06, 2020

The elaborate funeral pyres of India, the seven-day mourning among Jews in Israel and the sacred body washing of Muslims in Iraq, are all important rituals of death now in disarray amid the pandemic.

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A Wedding In Jordan Leads To A Coronavirus Cluster And Closure Of A Major City

Friday, March 27, 2020

The Middle Eastern kingdom says 26 people tested positive for the virus after the large gathering, reportedly including a guest who flew in from Canada.

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