Category: News & Views

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Challenging Big Tech

Many believe the Internet is and will continue to be an open and democratic space. But the reality is that it’s increasingly dominated by a handful of companies that control our digital autonomy. By Zeid Nasser Each month, Facebook is…

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Hashtag #Ten

On August 23, 2007, Chris Messina (@ChrisMessina) suggested the use of the hashtag sign ‘for groups on Twitter’. The rest is history. The hashtag has become an integral part of social media trends across a number of platforms, not just…

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The Aid Conundrum

Jordan has received generous amounts of foreign aid over recent years. So why has it had such little impact on the economy? Jordan has long depended on foreign financial assistance to get by. Aid has played a crucial role in…

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Ushering in a New Era

Jordan’s transport system stands on the cusp of major change. But it won’t move smoothly to its next stage of development without public sector officials adopting the right mindset. The development of transportation in any country progresses through various stages…

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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…

Soft Opening for Fairmont Amman

Fairmont Amman Hotel is now welcoming guests after its soft-opening earlier in the summer. The city’s latest luxury hotel has 16 floors, 317 rooms and suites, nine meeting rooms and one ballroom. It also has a spa and health club,…

Jordan Slips Down Global Competitiveness Table

Although its score remained unchanged, Jordan slipped from 63 to 65 in the newly published World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) report. The report said Jordan benefited from a relatively efficient institutional system and strong infrastructure, innovation, and business…

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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…

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GAM Needs a Unified Transport Directorate

A recent decision by GAM to split up its transportation directorate represents a step back for Amman and must be reversed. In a surprise announcement in mid-August, GAM said it was splitting up its Transportation and Traffic Management Directorate into…

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iPhone 8 – Apple’s Also-Ran?

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, two of the three smartphones released in Apple’s 2017 lineup, went on sale last month but have been met with low demand. “The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are virtually perfect phones. And yet…