Author Archives: Osama Al-Sharif

Saving Ourselves

Self-reliance is the key to pulling Jordan out of its economic rut. These are tough times for Jordanians and it’s no secret that what lies ahead will be even more difficult. HM King Abdullah’s sobering words last month underlined the…

A Vote in the Right Direction  

Jordan’s twin local elections, held in mid-August, were no ordinary events. Aside from the municipal elections, the first to be held since 2013, voters were asked to elect representatives to the newly formed 12 Governorate Councils; an essential component of…

Donald Trump’s Travel Ban Dents America’s Moral Image

How should ordinary Muslims around the world react to last month’s US Supreme Court decision to allow President Donald Trump’s travel ban to go partially into effect? President Trump’s travel ban affects six Muslim-majority countries, despite earlier efforts by the…

Weather Warning

Jordanians have ignored the threat posed by climate change for too long. By Osama Al Sharif The big story this summer was not political or economic; as much as both spheres remain mired in turmoil and uncertainty. It was—and will…

Down, But Not Out

Liberal democracy is on the ropes the world over. But it won’t be forever. By Osama Al Sharif We may have missed our chance to see the day when liberal, democratic, pluralistic, and accountable systems of government take root in this…

Deaths of Despair

Jordan’s shocking suicide rate is a sign of a society in crisis. By Osama Al Sharif Between 2011 and 2016, Jordan’s suicide rates rose 300 percent. During last year alone, 117 people took their own lives: 91 men and 26…

Don’t Muzzle Social Media

Offensive comments made on Facebook shouldn’t be used as an excuse to expand government control of free speech. By Osama Al Sharif The government has announced it will present a draft social media law to the Lower House that aims…

Explaining President Trump

Now the dust has started to settle on the US general election, what are the key takeaways from Trump’s historic victory? By Osama Al Sharif Donald Trump, the flamboyant real-estate billionaire and reality TV star who has never held a…

Our Education System is Failing

A nation that lags behind in education can never hope for a better future. We need to radically overhaul the way we teach. By Osama Al Sharif Education reform has become the centerpiece of public debate in the country against…

The Value of Vox Pops

By Osama Al Sharif In all my years as a journalist, from starting out as a junior reporter right up to becoming a senior editor, I never forgot one simple piece of advice given to me by an American mentor:…