Category: Opinion

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Muslims: TV’s Dependable Villains

No matter how intelligent or sophisticated the latest crop of US drama series might be, they too often rehash tired Muslim stereotypes.  By Osama Al Sharif Ever since US TV producers lost the Soviet Union as an archenemy, they’ve shifted…

The Great Travel Expense Swindle

  Regulators need to clamp down on the abuse of board of directors’ travel expenses. By Jawad J. Abbassi Jordan’s Corporation Law sets clear compensation guidelines for board of directors in publicly traded companies. Directors can receive a maximum of…

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Will Robots Inherit the Earth?

For some, the great leaps being made in the field of artificial intelligence will only benefit mankind. But the possibility of thinking machines has others worried. By Zeid Nasser Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all around us, whether in the form…

Working Behind the Wall

Entrepreneurs should start using the economic barriers surrounding the MENA market to their own advantage. By Robert Carroll Sometimes I feel like there’s a high wall surrounding the Arab world. Not literally, of course, because people come and go all…

A Good Year for Online Industry

If you thought 2014 was an exciting year for doing business on the Internet, then expect 2015 to be even better. By Khaldoon Tabaza Last year will go down as a milestone for online businesses in the Arab world. It…

Borrowing Smart

Borrowing can help an economy grow. But Jordan is taking on debt for all the wrong reasons. By Yusuf Mansur “Neither a borrow nor a lender be,” Polonius advised his son in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. But unlike the royal counselor, economists…

A World Divided

As we prepare to head into 2015, we find the world’s economies split between those ready for growth, and those teetering on the brink of recession. By Sameer Massis It was 160 years ago this month that Louis Pasteur stood…

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Talent Shows Keep MBC on Top

MBC’s position as the region’s number one network seems insurmountable thanks in large part to our seemingly insatiable demand for TV talent shows. By Osama Al Sharif The MBC network is scoring big with audiences and advertisers thanks to an…

The Tuition Cap Distraction

The government’s plans to introduce a tuition fee cap for private schools diverts attention away from the far more pressing need to raise public education standards. By Jawad J. Abbassi The draft bylaw that classifies private schools and puts caps…

How to (Really) be Innovative

When someone labels a new product or service innovative, it probably isn’t. By Robert Carroll Innovation is easily one of the buzziest terms of our age. It pops up all over the Internet, your boss uses it constantly in meetings,…