Category: News & Views

Agriculture Primed for Turnaround

Jordanian farmers are set to benefit from new export routes and a drive to incorporate thousands of Syrian refugees into the domestic workforce. Oxford Business Group Despite high domestic production, food exports continue to be hampered by the closure of…

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Jordan GDP to Hit 3 Percent in 2016 – World Bank

The World Bank said Jordan’s GDP should reach 3 percent in 2016, up from 2.4 percent in 2015, which was the slowest pace of growth in four years. In its latest MENA Economic Report, the bank said the rise in…

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A Map by the People, for the People

The advocacy campaign Ma’an Nasel recently released Amman’s first ever comprehensive public transportation map. This is a significant development in terms of helping people navigate the city and showcasing what true urban activism can achieve. By Hazem Zureiqat On March…

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The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear a VR Headset

Virtual reality (VR) has been around for quite a while. But the tech now seems advanced and cheap enough to finally enter the mainstream. By Zeid Nasser Timbuk 3’s 1986 hit The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades perfectly…

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QAIA Tops Airport Service Quality Awards

Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) has been voted the best airport in the region for the second year in a row at the annual Airport Service Quality Awards. QAIA beat off stiff competition from the likes of Dubai International Airport…

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Gemalto Chosen to Introduce e-ID Program

International digital security firm Gemalto said it’s been selected by the Ministry of ICT to implement a new citizen ID program across Jordan. Amsterdam-based Gemalto said in a statement it’s been tasked with delivering e-ID cards as well as automatic…

Hacking Habits

The hyper-complexities of today’s interconnected world require us to adapt to life’s changing contexts and grow in meaningful ways to actualize our potential. This in turn requires objective examination of our habits, especially the negative patterns of thought and behavior….

Nuclear Research Reactor

First Research Reactor Set to be Activated by September

The Kingdom’s first research and training nuclear reactor is expected to go on line by September at the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in Irbid. Construction of the 5-megawatt reactor, which is being built by the Korea Atomic Energy…

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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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Banging on Apple’s Backdoor

Apple’s tussle with the FBI over its refusal to create a ‘backdoor’ into a terror suspect’s encrypted iPhone has ramifications for us all. By Zeid Nasser It’s been described as a historic tussle that will determine the future of data…