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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…

Banking Sector Ripe for Consolidation

With no less than 25 competing groups, Jordan’s banking sector could benefit greatly from a little consolidation. By Jawad J. Abbassi A common measure for market concentration is the Herfindahl–Hirschman Index, or HHI. It’s defined as the sum of the…

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The Refugee Crisis: Don’t Forget Jordan

Europe’s refugee crisis shouldn’t blind the international community to the heavy economic toll the Syrian conflict is having on Jordan. By Khalid W. Wazani Two years ago, the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation joined forces with the United Nations…

Iran Nuclear Deal Set to Boost Dubai Economy

Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers is expected to create a raft of trade and investment opportunities for Dubai, which is widely seen as Tehran’s stepping stone to global markets. Iran’s nuclear deal, announced on July 14, allows Tehran to…

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Do We Need Another Public Service Broadcaster?

Questions concerning editorial independence, funding, and audience demand need to be asked about plans for a new public service broadcaster. By Osama Al-Sharif The government is pushing ahead with plans to launch another public service broadcaster that will consist of…

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On-demand is in Demand

Want someone to wash your laundry or give you a haircut in the comfort of your living room? There are an on-demand smartphone apps that offer these services and many more. By Zeid Nasser The phrase “there’s an app for…

Jordanian Property Buyers in Dubai: the Reality Behind the Stats

Even though the statistics show Jordanians are snapping up millions of dollars worth of Dubai real estate, it doesn’t mean cash is flooding out of Jordan to do so. By Jawad J. Abbassi Dubai’s property market has rebounded well from…

Embracing the Great Tech Race

It’s high time we realized that nurturing tech startups is key to staying relevant in a fast changing world. By Nader Museitif Our region is falling more and more behind when it comes to developing new technology. Some astounding advancements…

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Where are the Women in the Workforce?

If we’re really serious about improving our economy over the long-term, many more women will have to join the workforce. By Khalid W. Wazani Although Jordan’s population is almost equally divided between males and females, women are substantially underrepresented in…

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For Jordanians, Facebook is More than Just a Fun Diversion

Facebook isn’t just a website to share videos of kittens, it’s fast becoming our window to the world. By Osama Al Sharif Social media’s sway on public opinion continues to increase in Jordan at a time when the influence of…