NASEEM TARAWNAH: The issues bringing Jordanians onto the streets are of Jordanian origin and will be solved by Jordanians. Fundamental change is not on the agenda.
JAMES M. DORSEY: Mounting tension in Jordan is unlikely to produce the same result as protests in Tunisia, but promises to make soccer an increasing flashpoint…
NASEEM TAWRANAH: Events in Tunisia have been followed by the Jordanian people and authorities. It’s unlikely, though, events will follow a similar pattern in the Kingdom.
JAMES M. DORSEY: Qatar is flexing its muscle, rejecting calls by Sepp Blatter to move the tournament to winter or co-host it with other Gulf states.
JAMES M. DORSEY: A wave of protests across the Arab world sets the stage for the redrawing of the political map of the Mideast and North Africa.
NASEEM TARAWNAH: There have been many small, low-level outbreaks of violence in Jordan over the past year. Taken together these point to a troubled society.
NASEEM TARAWNAH: The photo is a reminder of the difficulties of this region. Of conflict. Of safe havens. Of wars. Of truce. Stripped of politics, it is free…
NASEEM TARAWNAH: A new ‘five star jail’ has just opened in Jordan for the rich and those formerly of public office… Could it be the beginning of a regional franchise?
NASEEM TARAWNAH: A recently issued fatwa from the Islamic Action Front in Jordan poses interesting questions about the internal turmoil within the Muslim Brotherhood
NASEEM TARAWNAH: As a people, we need to find ways of putting aside the rage and the blame. History has shown us little good ever comes from either.
OSAMA AL SHARIF: Focus on Iran or Afghanistan should not be at the expense of the Palestine Question, which remains crucial to peoples of the region.
NASEEM TARAWNAH: There’s one overriding topic of conversation in Jordan these days – rain or rather its absence. Each day without rain and the prayers are becoming more desperate.
NASEEM TARAWNAH: One particular cable is a rather clear reflection of its stance and growing concerns regarding Iran – “Beware the Iranian Tentacles … and Cut Them Off,” reads the summary…
People often associate the Middle East with oil. But in the region’s cities, villages and farms, access to a different resource is becoming rather problematic: water. Finding a solution here may also reveal another – the path to peace.