Category: News & Views

Standard Chartered Upbeat on Economy

Standard Chartered dispatched some of its top regional analysts to Amman last month to brief its clients on the bank’s macro-economic outlook for Jordan and the wider region. Their overall assessment was fairly sunny, despite the obvious challenges that continue…

Why the Government Should Exit Royal Jordanian

Major efforts are underway to save RJ from financial ruin. If the government truly wants to help, it should consider selling its remaining stake in our embattled national carrier. By Jawad J. Abbassi RJ offers great service. It’s part of…

S&P Upgrades Jordan to “Stable”

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) returned Jordan to a stable outlook, almost three years after lowering its ‘BB-/B’ status to negative amid economical and political regional instability. The international rating agency expects the deterioration in the country’s fiscal and external balances…

How Low Can Oil Go?

The oil market’s reaction to America’s renewed military operations in the Middle East has been counter to normal expectations. Rather than rise in price, Brent dropped from $115 in June to below $100 in September. How can this correction be…

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Terrifying Tweets

IS is expertly using social media to fulfill its objectives. This makes it even harder to stop. By Osama Al Sharif The main objective of propaganda is to sway, influence, and manipulate public opinion. In today’s information age, it’s becoming…

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Wearable Technology 2.0

With the long awaited unveiling of the Apple Watch, we’re now finally witnessing the second coming of wearable tech. Tech Talk – Zeid Nasser As you would expect from such an exacting and detail-obsessed company, it was a long time before…

Scaling Up

How suited are the region’s companies to scalability, which has become a key way of assessing new ventures and gauging their potential? The Strategist – Nader Museitif Scalability addresses how a business can reach and serve a mass customer base…

MENA’s Online Payments Puzzle

A lot of consumers in our region would like to spend money online. So what’s holding them back? By Khaldoon Tabaza How to implement online payment systems that most people are willing and able to use remains a big hindrance…

Yahoo to Close Office in Jordan

In a move that will come as a major blow to Jordan’s ICT ambitions, Yahoo, the tech giant that bought Maktoob for millions, has announced it will be shuttering its Amman office by the end of the year. Yahoo said…

Cashing in on E-commerce

Local e-commerce startup CashBasha, which allows shoppers to make cash payments for products listed on Amazon.com, said it’s handled around 1,600 orders since it was established at the start of the year. ChashBasha Cofounder Fouad Jeryes said his company is…