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Understanding Amman’s Yellow Taxi Dilemma A DIFFERENT TAKE ON THE GOVERNMENT’S ONGOING BATTLE WITH RIDE-HAILING APPS

Contributed By: Hamzah Nassif, cialis iMena Group Probably the most misunderstood segment of workers in Jordan, order the taxi drivers went on a protest today to voice their objections to the status quo of their sector. Several regulatory bodies that are collectively in charge of “regulating” the transport sector are still scrambling to catch up […]

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The Jordan-Israeli Gas Deal And Our Perpetual Deja Vu A Reminder Of The Bigger Battles We're Not Fighting

Words By: Naseem Tarawnah There’s a cyclical nature in which social protests unfold in Jordan that isn’t just vexing, it has a dizzying deja vu effect. An issue spurs public concern, a quick mobilization ensues, and the outcome is almost always predictably in favor of the entity being fought – typically the State. All along […]

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On The Killing Of Nahed Hattar ...and why addressing the enabling environment is crucial.

Words: Naseem Tarawnah It’s been incredibly difficult wrapping my head around the assassination of Nahed Hattar earlier today. The whole story has been baffling from start to finish, troche ailment making it difficult to string together a coherent thought. The way the government handled his posting of a caricature on Facebook they deemed to be […]

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The Cautious Optimist ’s Guide To Parliamentary Elections Jordan's Biggest Show Returns, But Trust Issues Remain

Words: Naseem Tarawnah | Visual: Dimitri Zarzar Whenever parliamentary election season arrives, it always feels like the circus has come to town. On the ground, the big tops go up and constituents fill the election tents to hear fiery speeches, enjoy the free catering, and show their underwhelming support for the candidate they’ve already decided […]

Jordanian Politics

Jordan’s Erdogan Effect What Perceptions Of Erdogan Say About Our Political Beliefs

Words: Naseem Tarawnah | Visual: via Flickr It’s a 2am traffic light on a Friday night in Amman. Several cars waiting patiently for a green signal have their radio’s tuned to BBC Arabic as it reports an attempted coup in Turkey. With a look of concern on every driver’s face, we listen intently to the news […]

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Jordanian Politics

Why Jordan’s Banning Of Mashrou Leila is Problematic Or, How To Softly Kill A Progressive Movement

Within hours of reports that the Governor of Amman, Khaled Abu Zaid, had, at the behest of a member of parliament – cancelled the much-anticipated concert of the Lebanese band, Mashrou’ Leila, due to the band’s work being “incompatible” with Jordanian customs and traditions – waves of dissent echoed through social media. “If this is […]

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