Category: Opinion

secularism

Secularism Should not be Shunned

Jordan can become a shining example of an Arab nation that chooses to adopt secularism, not as a nefarious concept that seeks to undermine people’s faiths and beliefs, but as a way of cementing democratic values. The Arab world has…

bitcoin

We haven’t seen the back of Bitcoin

Despite wild fluctuations in value and grumblings from regulators, it seems likely that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are here to stay. At the end of November, the price of Bitcoin crossed reached $10,000 and just kept going up and up…

real growth

Reasons for Cheer in 2018

After a decade or so in the doldrums, things are finally looking up for Jordan’s economy. Evidence from both the global and regional arena warrant saying that Jordan is moving towards a growth cycle, leaving the bottleneck of the last…

transport woes

Amman’s Transport Woes: Managing Expectations of the BRT

The BRT has come to be viewed by some as the be-all, end-all solution to Amman’s transport woes. In reality, the project is only the first step in a long journey ahead. Its significance is more in what it represents…

smart city

Retailers and the Digital Sales Switch

Bricks and mortar retailers must develop an online presence if they want to keep hold of customers that are steadily drifting online. A Study by the US National Retail Federation found that 59 percent of shoppers plan to make online…

tax

Tax Evasion Crackdown

Jordan is tackling its budget deficit by going after tax dodgers as well as reducing the basket of goods covered by subsidies. At the beginning of October, Prime Minister Hani al Mulki said new changes to the Kingdom’s tax code would…

fake news

Saving Capitalism from Itself

Free market capitalism needs an urgent realignment if it stands any hope of tackling the world’s serious and growing economic problems. By Osama Al-Sharif Last month’s centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution came at a time when the future of capitalism—its…

journalism

Fighting Fake News

Independent and accurate journalism has always been hard to come by in our part of the world. But thanks to work of Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), the tide is finally turning. By Rana Sabbagh It’s not often these…

women

The Economic Argument for Working Women

It’s clear Jordan would get a huge economic boost if more women were encouraged to join its workforce. Many countries have started an initiative to introduce girls to the world of work. It involves girls visiting their parents’ place of…

refugee crisis

Jordan’s Knowledge Scorecard

An important new global knowledge index highlights the areas where Jordan is excelling and struggling. According to the first edition of the Global Knowledge Index (GKI), which was recently set up by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation…