Stories about Jordan
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.
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.
As part of their measures to counter COVID-19, Jordan, Oman, Morocco, the UAE and Yemen, have all banned print newspapers until further notice.
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.
The Jordanian government should take steps to ensure that its citizens’ right to online freedom of expression and information are protected.
Jordan is considering a data protection bill. Will its adoption reinforce privacy protections in the country?
Jordan is the only Arab country in the region with an attractive market for commercial-scale solar.
Reports on poverty in Jordan have been absent since 2010, putting the government under fire for answers.
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”.
Jordanians engage in online debates over results of a survey concerning maternal and child care.
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.
“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."
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.
"We would get water two times a week, sometimes in the summer that is barely enough to get us through the week..."
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."
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.
The cartoon commented on the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, which sold church property to Israeli settler groups to pay off church debt.
"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."