Juan Cole

For Netanyahu Iran Is About ‘Apocalypse’ and ‘Mushroom Clouds’

For Netanyahu Iran Is About ‘Apocalypse’ and ‘Mushroom Clouds’

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu demanded on Sunday that the world community constrain Iran to change its “genocidal policy” toward Israel, in the course of a speech in which he attacked President Obama’s current round of negotiations with Iran over its civilian nuclear enrichment program.

JUAN COLE: It appears that a light foam forms on Binyamin Netanyahu’s lips when he begins speaking about Iran. Not all Israeli politicians are like him

 Sawsan Morrar

Turning A Blind Eye To Underage Workers in Jordan

Turning A Blind Eye To Underage Workers in Jordan

SAWSAN MORRAR: It’s a problem that’s growing by the day but little appears to be done to address the issue of underage domestic workers in Jordan

 Common Ground News Service

Shia vs Sunni: Lessons From The “Peace of Exhaustion”

Shia vs Sunni: Lessons From The “Peace of Exhaustion”

SHEIKH MUSTAFA CERIC: Protestants and Catholics fought each other for decades in Europe before they decided to sign a peace treaty. Let’s look at lessons learned

 Naseem Tarawnah

Silicon Valley in Jordan? No Chance Due to Regulation

Silicon Valley in Jordan? No Chance Due to Regulation

NASEEM TARAWNAH: The Jordanian government see the ICT industry as a well of money which it can bleed dry. Time for a change of thinking

 Mich Cafe

‘Help Now’: Syrian Refugee Crisis ‘Unprecedented In Its Scope’

‘Help Now’: Syrian Refugee Crisis ‘Unprecedented In Its Scope’

MICH CAFE: If Americans diverted the money they spent in a month on ice-cream to the UN Syrian refugee fund the target would be met.

 M.-Lynx-Qualey

Banned Sites: Jordan’s New Legislation Takes Effect

Banned Sites: Jordan’s New Legislation Takes Effect

M. LYNX-QUALEY: As of June 2nd a published list of news websites have been formally banned in Jordan. What next?

 Common Ground News Service

Lessons In Forgiveness: The Arab World Needs To Listen

Lessons In Forgiveness: The Arab World Needs To Listen

In these days of political unrest and constant change in the Arab world, there are many instances of violence and a pervading lack of trust among people. More than ever, people wonder what mechanisms need to be in place to heal and repair relationships between people and public institutions. The two of us, Dr Ilham […]

 Naseem Tarawnah

‘Band-Aid on A Bullet Wound’: Jordan ‘Campus Violence’ Plan

‘Band-Aid on A Bullet Wound’: Jordan ‘Campus Violence’ Plan

NASEEM TARAWNAH: The current upswing in violence on university campuses throughout Jordan has prompted the authorities to produce a plan.

 Naseem Tarawnah

The King Speaks Frankly. Maybe a Little Too Frankly

The King Speaks Frankly. Maybe a Little Too Frankly

NASEEM TARAWNAH: King Abdullah’s recent interview has unleashed a storm of comment. What exactly was he trying to say?

 mai abdul rahman

An ‘Israeli Spring’ for Palestine? The Call Is Out

An ‘Israeli Spring’ for Palestine? The Call Is Out

MAI ABDUL RAHMAN: It’s a bold move and one that is sure to cause much aggression and derision to be directed his way. What’s the story behind the brutality?

 Common Ground News Service

Corruption ‘On the Increase’ Across Arab World

NADA AKL, CGNEWS: Corruption is so deeply ingrained in societies across the Arab world that promoting transparency seems an almost hopeless task

 Naseem Tarawnah

‘Stuck’ and ‘Knotted’: Where Jordan Is Today

NASEEM TARAWNAH: There is a sense of crisis in Jordan but it’s a sense that has led to paralysis in all sectors of society. So what does 2013 hold?

 Naseem Tarawnah

How To Be A Real Middle East Entrepreneur

How To Be A Real Middle East Entrepreneur

NASEEM TARAWNAH: It’s not about spinning logos, Facebook likes or fancy events – real entrepreneurship is about engagement.

 Sawsan Morrar

The Hybrid Car ‘Bonanza’ That’s Swept Jordan

SAWSAN MORRAR: A programme introduced by the Jordanian government has had a huge effect in pushing the hybrid car industry in the country.

 M.-Lynx-Qualey

‘Beauty of Arabic? No, the Violence of Events Is Vital’

‘Beauty of Arabic? No, the Violence of Events Is Vital’

SARAH IRVING, ARABLIT: An Iraqi refugee now based in Finland Hassan Blasim has firm views on language, violence and modern Iraq.

 Juan Cole

The Top Ten ‘Hotspots’ in the Arab World Today

The Top Ten ‘Hotspots’ in the Arab World Today

JUAN COLE: From Jordan to Tunisia, from civil war to pilfered Palestinian land the Arab world is in a febrile state.

 mai abdul rahman

The PLO’s UN Bid Will ‘Change the Political Landscape’

The PLO’s UN Bid Will ‘Change the Political Landscape’

MAI ABDUL RAHMAN: It’s a date laden with meaning and today another chapter will be written in Palestinian history – a chapter that is a potential game-changer.

 Juan Cole

The Ten ‘To Dos’ That Will Guarantee Gaza Ceasefire

The Ten ‘To Dos’ That Will Guarantee Gaza Ceasefire

JUAN COLE: Achieving a ceasefire is significant but if it’s to remain in place all parties must use the gap in hostilities to secure real progress.

 sarah walton

Birkat Al Mawz: Oman’s ‘Totally Cool’ Ghost Town

Birkat Al Mawz: Oman’s ‘Totally Cool’ Ghost Town

SARAH WALTON: They don’t make it easy for you to reach some of Oman’s tourist treasures but with a little effort you’ll find it. Certainly worth the trouble.

 Matt J. Duffy

On Press Freedom: Jordan’s ‘Misalignment’

On Press Freedom: Jordan’s ‘Misalignment’

Any Arab country serious about supporting a free and independent press must first revise its laws to give journalists the freedom to report news without fear…

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