Author Archives: Osama Al-Sharif

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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:…

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Remembering ‘The Greatest’

We can all learn a great deal from the way the late Muhammad Ali lived his life. By Osama Al Sharif I met Muhammad Ali, briefly, when I was a boy of eight in Doha in 1968. He was visiting…

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Making the Pledges Count

Jordan was thrown a lifeline at February’s international donor conference for Syrian refugees. But for the billions of dollars pledged to make a lasting impact, they must be spent on genuine long-term economic development. By Osama Al Sharif We could all…

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Post at Your Peril?

This month: A worrying interpretation of the law, how to stop news websites from trading in sensationalist rumors, and why terrible events in Paris shouldn’t stifle the freedom to express ourselves online. By Osama al Sharif Journalists and social media…

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The Case for a Complaints Commission

Rather than resorting to the courts, Jordan desperately needs an ombudsman dedicated to settling complaints against the media. By Osama Al Sharif A couple of incidents last month have led to calls for the creation of a media complaints commission…