Category: Opinion

Our Education System is Failing

A nation that lags behind in education can never hope for a better future. We need to radically overhaul the way we teach. By Osama Al Sharif Education reform has become the centerpiece of public debate in the country against…

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Going Underground

A metro system for Amman? With the proper planning, the idea might not be as outlandish as you think. On a few occasions this year, Amman’s mayor Akel Biltaji has expressed enthusiasm for an ambitious plan to construct a metro…

Who Won the Smartphone Wars?

With the global smartphone market now close to peaking, it’s clear to see who the winners and losers are in this closely-fought segment. By Zeid Nasser After years of battle, some tech watchers have declared the smartphone wars over. The…

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Empowering the Regions

All of Jordan’s governorates, not just Amman and Aqaba, hold huge economic potential. The challenge facing us is how to unleash it. By Khalid Wazani How bad is income inequality in Jordan? Is it fair to say its economy is…

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Jordan Looks to Reinvigorate Trading With a New Exchange

Jordan has launched a new over-the-counter (OTC) exchange as part of a series of initiatives to boost the competitiveness of the Kingdom’s capital markets. Jordan’s new OTC exchange is a by-product of two sets of regulations enacted earlier this year—the…

New Trade Deal to Boost Exports to EU

Jordanian exports to Europe are expected to rise following a newly-inked deal that relaxes rules of origin requirements. A new trade agreement between Jordan and the EU, which is based around relaxed rules of origin rules, will enable industries in…

The Value of Vox Pops

By Osama Al Sharif In all my years as a journalist, from starting out as a junior reporter right up to becoming a senior editor, I never forgot one simple piece of advice given to me by an American mentor:…

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Brand New Parliament, Same Old Challenges

When they’re sworn in later this month, Jordan’s newly-elected parliamentarians will face the same economic problems that bedeviled their predecessors. By Khalid W. Wazani By the end of this month a new parliament will be starting a new chapter in…

Game Over for Online Extremism?

As well as steadily losing territory in the real world, ISIS is also finding it increasingly hard to retain control of its digital domain across social networks and messenger apps. By Zeid Nasser Social media platforms continue to play a…

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Interim Interventions

Upgrading public transport in the capital is essential, but it will take time to fully materialize. Until it does, simple, temporary fixes can be employed to make better use of our road infrastructure and improve traffic conditions. By Hazem Zureiqat…