Category: Opinion

Throwing Good Money After Bad

The IMF continues to provide Jordan with huge loans. But it will be for nothing if the country doesn’t face up to the real problems holding its economy back. Around four years ago, Jordan signed up to a long overdue…

Lifting the Breaks on Big Data

There’s a wealth of data available that could help vastly improve traffic management in our cities. We just need to put it to use. Between 2008 and 2010, GAM carried out an extensive household survey covering a representative sample of…

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…

AI: Speaking Up

All the big names in tech are betting big on AI voice assistants. But who will come out on top? By Zeid Nasser Thanks to the early success of household devices like Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo, and the higher than expected…

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…

Walk This Way

Attempting to navigate Amman’s streets on foot can often be a hazardous business. But it doesn’t have to be this way. By Hazem Zureiqat Few can disagree that the situation for pedestrians in Amman is very far from ideal. Sidewalks…

How to Really Aid Our Development

Rather than asking for more aid to keep a lid on the government’s self-inflicted budget deficit, we should be encouraging foreign governments to invest in economically viable infrastructure projects. Jordan has always been a well-deserved recipient of foreign aid. Having…

Online Security and Staying Safe

The tumultuous events of last year prove we need to be more vigilant about online security than ever before. By Zeid Nasser The United States accused Russia of hacking its presidential elections. Yahoo admitted 1 billion user accounts had been…

Trust in Trumponomics

Ignore the naysayers—Donald Trump’s economic plans will be good for the United States, Jordan, and the rest of the world. Say what you like about the man himself, but Donald Trump is moving into the White House with some progressive…