Monthly Archives: March 2018


Venture Explains: America’s Gun Debate

The long-running US debate over gun rights was rekindled after 17 students and educators were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month. What happened? The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has been called the second-deadliest shooting…

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A streamlined approach to tackling Jordan’s economic challenges

Last month’s cabinet reshuffle seems to finally acknowledge that tackling Jordan’s big economic challenges will require focused and unified strategizing. By Khalid W. Wazani One of the most important changes to occur in the latest cabinet reshuffle was the appointment…


Euromoney Conferences Returns to Jordan

Euromoney Conference Returns to Jordan Under the theme ‘Delivering Growth, Maintaining Stability’ Euromoney Conferences – the world’s leading organizer of conferences for cross-border investment and capital markets – will hold its fifth annual Euromoney Jordan Conference on Tuesday 20 March, 2018….


Cutting cancer care: An unhealthy decision

The government’s move to cut back on cancer care to save money is yet another slap in the face for everyday Jordanians, many of whom are already struggling under a controversial austerity program. By Osama Al Sharif As if the…


A modern public transport system or a driving distraction?

The Prime Minister was mistaken to assert we have to first dramatically reduce our reliance on cars before we can begin developing a modern public transport system. In a recent televised interview, Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki provided some interesting insights…


U.S. Boosts Aid to Jordan

The US government has decided to give Jordan $1.275 billion annually until 2022 – an increase of $275 million per year on the current level of assistance it provides to the Kingdom, a key regional ally said. “This is a…


Lada 4X4 Urban: An attainable adventure

Lada is relaunching its iconic cheap and cheerful off-roader in the Middle East. By Gaith Madadha Russian automaker Lada has returned to regional markets including the UAE and Jordan in recent months. Its small, iconic off-roader remains the star player…


Taking Stock

The Chairman of the Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) is quietly confident that 2018 will be a good year for the beleaguered bourse. According to ASE data, trading value increased by 25.6 percent in 2017, reaching JD2.9 billion but the number…

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Austerity isn’t the answer

The latest round of tax hikes and subsidy cuts of austerity will unlikely have much of an impact on the underlining challenges facing Jordan’s economy. The government’s main justification for recently passing broad new austerity measures was to try to…

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A tumultuous 2018

Brace yourselves—2018 is likely to be tumultuous, packed with ever more instability and uncertainty. By Osama Al Sharif A record was set when the Lower House of Parliament passed the 2018 state budget in one day; effectively doing away with…