The writer has reported on the environment, worked in the public sector as a communications officer, and served as managing editor of a business magazine, spokesperson for a humanitarian INGO, and as head of a PR agency.
News broke out last week that two individuals were arrested for filming an offensive video near the Virgin Mary Circle in Fuheis. This has been most disturbing to Jordanians, Christians and Muslims alike.
Last Wednesday, His Majesty King Abdullah sent a strong message to Jordanian ministers, top officials, and even small-time public sector employees to, essentially, shape up or ship out.
Next week, hundreds of thousands of households in Amman, Zarqa, and Balqa will experience their second water supply interruption in just two weeks. Jordanian households in many areas will have no option but to postpone water-dependent household chores (such as doing the laundry) for four weeks straight, to avoid emptying their water tanks.
COP27 has not been easy for World Bank president David Malpass, whose views on climate change have been blamed for the bank’s failure to finance meaningful climate action in developing countries, like Jordan.
Sixteen years after Al Gore’s historic documentary “An inconvenient truth”, UN Secretary General António Guterres told world leaders at the opening of the COP27 in Egypt on Monday: “We are on a highway to climate hell with our foot on the accelerator.”
Now that Jordan has five women ministers in the Cabinet and 10 women lawmakers in the Senate (in addition to 16 women MPs in the Lower House), should the Kingdom’s female population expect social justice for all women — including working mothers and homemakers — at the grassroots level?
Last Thursday, His Majesty King Abdullah launched a new initiative to allocate 9,000 dunams (9 square kilometers) of agriculturally promising land to families residing in the Badia region, a step that puts Jordan on a new track of agricultural transformation based on a people-centric approach.
Jordanian journalists and media analysts have been speculating that the government of Bisher Al-Khasawneh may be on its way out on the heels of a new poll that shows a steep decline in public trust in the current administration: from 52 percent in October 2020 to 33 percent this month.
The Child Rights Law for the year 2022 sets back women’s rights in Jordan to a new low, erasing decades of mothers’ involvement in their children’s education, a role that is supposedly both traditional and non-threatening to the country’s conservative factions.
Last Thursday at the UN General Assembly in New York, Israel’s interim Prime Minister Yair Lapid sent shockwaves throughout Israel and the world after backing a two-state solution west of the Jordan River, ending years of stalemate on the Palestinian right to self-determination.