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I've tested my htacess on http://htaccess.mwl.be/ and it looks fine but when uploaded to the example.com, nothing happens.

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.example.com [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.newexample.org/$1 [L,R=301,NC]

What am I overlooking?

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remove wold httaccess and reupload new file or upload with ftp from your host cpanel
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I think you misunderstood.  There is no word htaccess in my code.  When I upload the 4 lines of code, it is ignored no matter what the code is.  I've now even tried simple one line redirects and they do not work.  It has to be something to do with the server which I have no control over nor any contact with except the ability to FTP to it.  I have worked with .htaccess files many times and this is the first time I have not been able to get even a very simple one to work.
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