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Donald Trump’s Travel Ban Dents America’s Moral Image

How should ordinary Muslims around the world react to last month’s US Supreme Court decision to allow President Donald Trump’s travel ban to go partially into effect? President Trump’s travel ban affects six Muslim-majority countries, despite earlier efforts by the…

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Weather Warning

Jordanians have ignored the threat posed by climate change for too long. By Osama Al Sharif The big story this summer was not political or economic; as much as both spheres remain mired in turmoil and uncertainty. It was—and will…

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GAM Needs a Unified Transport Directorate

A recent decision by GAM to split up its transportation directorate represents a step back for Amman and must be reversed. In a surprise announcement in mid-August, GAM said it was splitting up its Transportation and Traffic Management Directorate into…

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Despite “Licensing,” Ride-Hailing Conundrum Continues

The government last month issued temporary approvals for the licensing of ride-hailing apps in Jordan. This is an important step forward, but much remains to be done before these services can operate legally in the Kingdom. Many have lauded the…

Jordan Moves to Kick-Start Growth and Pare Back Debt

Jordan Moves to Kick-Start Growth and Pare Back Debt

The government is looking to reduce its debt burden and jumpstart the economy through a combination of budgetary adjustments, a new medium-term economic strategy, and international aid agreements. In mid-May, the Cabinet announced its decision to cut this year’s JD8.8…

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The Age of Anarchy

Crypto-anarchists are ahead of the curve when it comes to understanding how to navigate our seemingly chaotic digital existence. Crypto-anarchists use cryptographic software to conceal the sending and receiving information over networks, to protect their privacy and political freedom while…

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What Must Be Done

Economy of Jordan State When it comes to grappling with the perilous state of Jordan’s economy, there are many factors which are out of the government’s control. But there are modest steps it can immediately take to set the country…

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Public Transport Policymaking: Stuck in Gear

recently, Jamil Mujahed was sworn in as Minister of Transport in a reshuffle of Prime Minister Hani Mulki’s cabinet. Mujahed is the fourth person to hold this office in the past 12 months, and the ninth in the last five…

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Khutoutna App: An Alternative Way to Navigate Amman

Ma’an Nasel, the public transport campaign group that I helped found, recently launched its own app. It has a feature that allows users to enter starting and ending points in Amman to obtain public transport routes they can take to…

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Towards a Cashless Economy

It’s clear the emerging cashless society is a goal being pursued by governments for more electronic control and overall efficiency, by consumers for more convenience, and by businesses for quicker payments and higher profits. Australian authorities have announced the country…