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Photos: What do refugee parents tell their children about Syria?

At the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan more than 7,000 children have been born over the last five years since the camp was set up to handle the large numbers of Syrians fleeing the conflict in their country. How do parents describe what’s happening in Syria to their children who have no memory of the country? What do they say about their home? Photographer Alisa Reznick offers a glimpse of life in the Zaatari camp.

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Why do so few women work (for pay) in Jordan?

Get a good education, and the world's your oyster, right? Not necessarily, if you're a woman in Jordan. While Jordan has one of the highest female literacy rates in the Middle East, and there are more women in college there than men, gender discrimination still abounds in the workplace. This is not just costing women, it's costing Jordan — half to almost a full percentage point of GDP growth each year, says the Brookings Institution. What's at play here? Jordanian lawyer and human rights activist Asma Khader shares her thoughts with The World's Shirin Jaafari.

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Arts, Culture & Media

Global Hit

Reporter Will Everett introduces us to an Iraqi musician who left his homeland several years ago to find artistic freedom. He now lives in Amman, Jordan where he's using his music to help make Iraqi refugees feel at home in the Jordanian capital.

Arts, Culture & Media

Revealing a lie of forbidden love

Anchor Katy Clark speaks with the director of a documentary about con-artist Norma Khouri. Khouri became an international sensation in 2003 for her debut novel, "Forbidden Love." It was billed as the true-life story of the honor-killing of Khouri's best friend in Jordan. Turns out, Khouri made up the story. Critics say her con damaged efforts to reform laws to protect women in Jordan, and exposes Westerners' willingness to believe the worst of the Middle East.

Lifestyle & Belief

Public opinion in the Arab world

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Shibley Telhami, who holds the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland. His department recently released its latest survey of public opinion in the Arab world.

Arts, Culture & Media

The science of decision-making

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with The World's Science correspondent David Kohn about his conversation with science writer Jonah Lehrer. They talked about the science of decision-making, using the 1973 Yom Kippur War as an example.

Global Politics

Obama's Mideast policy

U. S. President Barack Obama has been in office for 6 months. The World's Aaron Schachter takes a look at the impact the young administration has had on Middle East politics so far.

Global Politics

Tensions rise over water shortages

The Middle East has had several years of drought. Across the region, from Israel to Iraq, there's more use of water and less water available and that's exacerbating the political tensions and problems. Linda Gradstein reports.

Global Politics

Restarting the peace process

President Obama has sent a team of high-level national security officials to the Middle East. He's trying to revive an Arab-Israeli peace process that has yet to get off the ground. The World's Matthew Bell reports.