Category: Society

Hacking Habits

The hyper-complexities of today’s interconnected world require us to adapt to life’s changing contexts and grow in meaningful ways to actualize our potential. This in turn requires objective examination of our habits, especially the negative patterns of thought and behavior….

Making the Pledges Count

Jordan was thrown a lifeline at February’s international donor conference for Syrian refugees. But for the billions of dollars pledged to make a lasting impact, they must be spent on genuine long-term economic development. By Osama Al Sharif We could all…

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Joined-Up Thinking Needed

Jordan needs to adopt a more holistic approach to mobility if it wants to successfully tackle its transport challenges. By Hazem Zureiqat Up until it was granted the authority to plan and regulate public transport within its boundaries in 2007,…

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Restoring Our Humanity

A disturbing report by local NGO Tamkeen, which seeks to improve social protection for marginalized groups and victims of human rights violations, revealed that many migrant domestic workers in Jordan are having their rights violated. Despite some important legislative reforms…

Leadership is an Action, Not a Title

An organization isn’t going anywhere if its leader doesn’t grasp what their role is really about. By HRH Princess Noor Bint Asem I recently attended an engaging discussion on leadership at the Institute of Diplomacy in Amman. The event was…

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Fixing the Fragmentation

A new law could hold the key to improving the often chaotic and self-interested way Jordan’s public transport vehicles are operated. By Hazem Zureiqat A paradigm shift is slowly taking place in Jordan in terms of public transport and urban…

Post at Your Peril?

This month: A worrying interpretation of the law, how to stop news websites from trading in sensationalist rumors, and why terrible events in Paris shouldn’t stifle the freedom to express ourselves online. By Osama al Sharif Journalists and social media…

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Solving our Parking Woes

Jordan’s chaotic free-for-all parking can’t continue. It’s time to clean up the mess, reclaim our streets, and regulate parking on and off the road. By Hazem Zureiqat Looking outside my office window every morning, I see the most bizarre uses…

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Why Subsidizing Public Transport Makes Sense

Public transport in Jordan faces a myriad of challenges, some of which are operational, while others are legal and legislative. A key challenge that’s often overlooked—or at least, until recently, not a part of the national discourse on transport—is the…

The Case for a Complaints Commission

Rather than resorting to the courts, Jordan desperately needs an ombudsman dedicated to settling complaints against the media. By Osama Al Sharif A couple of incidents last month have led to calls for the creation of a media complaints commission…