Category: Opinion

The Right to be Forgotten

As we immerse ourselves ever deeper into the digital world, can we really expect to control what information appears about us online? Tech Talk- Zeid Nasser Five years ago, a Spanish lawyer took Google to court because he wanted to…

Few are Buying into E-commerce

Having achieved some headway of late, e-commerce in the region is still a long way from where it needs to be. The Strategist- Nader Museitif E-commerce remains the talk of the town. Big funding rounds continue to pop up for…

More Debt, Little Growth

The Ensour government likes to crow about its achievements. But I can’t see any, beyond boosting the national debt to new highs with little to show for it. The Economist- Yusuf Mansur The national debt increased by the end of May…

The Lure of Easy Money

Editor’s letter- Dina al-Wakeel In a blatant challenge to Western nations that have long dominated the global financial system, the BRICS emerging economics have decided to establish their own $50 billion development bank. Noble as the idea may be, its…

Eyeing Investment in India and Indonesia

With prospects for real growth ahead, the Fragile Five might not be as brittle as you thought. By Sameer Massis The US central bank is in no rush to raise interest rates. Even though the Fed minutes released last June…

Office in Your Pocket

It’s time to unleash the true potential of your mobile device. Is that tablet sitting on your desk at the office just used for checking emails, presenting some slides, and playing Angry Birds? If it is, then maybe it’s time…

Us and the Rest

Why are economies around the world steadily powering ahead while ours remain stifled? Six months into 2014, and we’re faced with a mix of good and bad currents shaping both the world and our region. Some of them are old,…

As the Debt Grows

Most governments borrow money, but it’s how they spend it that counts. The Economist- Yusuf Mansur Jordan’s current debt-to-GDP ratio has been much higher in the past, so why is it suddenly attracting more grumbling than ever before? Net public…

More Maktoobs to Come

Some are concerned that Maktoob’s stellar success was a one-off. They needn’t be. Five years ago, two Jordanian entrepreneurs sold their startup to one of the largest Internet companies in the world. Appropriately named Maktoob (Arabic for “letter”), it was…