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Stories about Jordan

Jordanians protest a year under a defense law with no gains, as COVID-19 cases spiral

Repeated government failures, shaky political managements of crises, compounded with the worsening pandemic-hit economy and draconian emergency laws drove people to protest across the kingdom.

From counterterrorism to counter-COVID-19, governments use crises to impose continuous states of emergency in the Middle East

Fighting terrorism used to be the umbrella under which states of emergency were justified in the Middle East. Now, COVID-19 serves as a new justification for sweeping powers. 

COVID-19 in the Middle East: Is this pandemic a health crisis or a war?

War-like rhetoric around COVID-19 has allowed governments in the Middle East and North Africa to execute emergency powers and impose draconian measures that would otherwise be unacceptable.

Fighting COVID-19 goes hand-in-hand with shuttering newspapers across the Middle East

As part of their measures to counter COVID-19, Jordan, Oman, Morocco, the UAE and Yemen, have all banned print newspapers until further notice.

Impact of COVID-19 containment measures on human rights and civil liberties in the Middle East

COVID-19 measures in the MENA region have especially targeted some of the most vulnerable groups such as detained human rights defenders, migrant workers and independent media. 

Jordan's online censorship decisions: Non-transparent and — at times — arbitrary

The Jordanian government should take steps to ensure that its citizens’ right to online freedom of expression and information are protected.

Data protection policy void threatens privacy rights of citizens and refugees in Jordan

Jordan is considering a data protection bill. Will its adoption reinforce privacy protections in the country?

Can Jordan offer some lessons to oil-dependent ‘giants’ on renewable energy?

Jordan is the only Arab country in the region with an attractive market for commercial-scale solar.

Jordan stalls on official poverty statistics amid tax law controversy

Reports on poverty in Jordan have been absent since 2010, putting the government under fire for answers.

Jordan reclaims lands ‘rented to the Israelis’ under 1994 peace treaty

Baqoura and Ghumar, long believed to be “Jordanian lands rented to the Israelis” under the 1994 peace treaty, were revealed to be “privately-owned Israeli lands under Jordanian sovereignty”.

Jordanian health survey sparks online debate about family planning

Jordanians engage in online debates over results of a survey concerning maternal and child care.

Jordanians lend a hand to displaced Syrians despite the government's insistence on closed borders

Over 250 doctors and nurses are camping out at the border to help anyone who seeks medical attention among the estimated 40,000 displaced Syrians at the border with Jordan.

Jordanians are finding common cause in protests against the government's economic policies

“We’ve had no time to sleep except for two or three hours a day...this is the only way we can do the country no harm and still practise our rights."

Eight decades later, prejudice between Jordanians and Palestinians persist

While the time living together surely dawns a sense of peace among the two peoples, complete harmony is still not present in certain aspects of life.

Jordan's poorer areas can go weeks without water, while the wealthier have a 24/7 supply

"We would get water two times a week, sometimes in the summer that is barely enough to get us through the week..."

For Jordanian Women, a Year of Hard-Won Progress and Continuing Challenges

Despite a successful campaign to repeal a legal loophole allowing rapists to marry their victims, there is plenty left to do in the struggle to achieve gender equality in Jordan.

‘The Educational System Has Failed Us': The Grief and Frustration of Jordan's Unemployed University Graduates

"I thought that once I graduated I would be able to...make a better living," one graduate said "I now make the same amount as I did as a student."

Amman's Yellow Taxis Compete for Passengers After the Arrival of Uber and Careem

For Yellow taxi drivers, the struggle for passengers is a real. Once Jordan's only private transportation option, they are totally overwhelmed by new competition.

Jordanian Cartoonist Goes to Trial For Drawing Jesus

The cartoon commented on the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, which sold church property to Israeli settler groups to pay off church debt.

As the MENA Region Heats Up, UN Climate Change Talks are Under Pressure

"The Arab region is currently suffering from drought, which is only the beginning of the consequences of climate change. Discussions should take into account the communities most affected."

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