Ammon News, View Points

State of the country

[1/15/2019 5:17:49 PM]

AMMONNEWS - By Jawad Anani - Mustafa Hamarneh finally came, through the Economic and Social Council (ESC) that he chairs, with a voluminous report on Jordan, titled “State of the Country”. It is almost 1,500-page long, and 750 researchers participated in putting it together. It was published almost a month ago, and, unfortunately, has not had the response its issuers had hoped for. It instantly became a classic work, which everyone talks about, but few have actually read. Its sheer size is intimidating. In the years 2012, 2013 and 2014, I was the chairman of the ESC, and we published three annual reports. Thanks to the energy of Hamarneh, the effort has been resumed with vehemence. The value of this rich report lies in its 360-degree purview of Jordan. It tackles its task with a comprehensive and integrated approach. The report is full of very useful details. The other important advantage of the study is that it provides a comparable zero ground information, which will serve in monitoring future changes on the basic issues in Jordan. It also provides a very important historical background for future economic, social and political historians and researchers. Yet, the most important element of the report, in my opinion, is that it raises the question without saying it specifically: What is next for Jordan? The needed fiscal reforms cannot be done in financial terms; it has to deal with current public employment, its modes, cost/benefit analysis and quality of services offered to the taxed public. Thus, if we want fiscal reform, we have to venture into the dangerous zone of employment, performance and quality of public entities and their respective staff. The report takes aim at the many key documents which have been issued and labelled as “reform packages or strategies”, but were all shelved after sucking the oxygen and evincing disappointment. We should be as good in implementing any one of those documents as we are in writing and creating a fanfare about them. The “State of the Country” analyses political reform which His Majesty King Abdullah wrote seven discussion papers on. His Majesty said to a group of MPs he had met with recently that we need a new political parties law, and we need also to reform and rearrange the elections bylaw to afford better legislative representation. The report emulates, in both name and content, the USAID’s State of the Union. This is a descent and a good effort. However, it would have been better if it had projected the challenges that Jordan could encounter in the next two years, and suggested possible solutions to surmount them.

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Israeli perception of just peace

[11/10/2018 1:50:56 AM]

AMMONNEWS - By Dr majed shami - Never in the history of mankind we have heard or read about peacefull nations the way the Israeli people love it. They love making peace with themselves and with other nations. They are peace paranoid to the extent that they went even further than the rules of nature wishing to make peace with all his mighty God. This is what I call a nation with a lot of peace aspiration in their mind. They master twisting words in a quest of peace. It is a nation that are professional in fabricating lies, thereafter, starting to believe it. No wonder why George bush the son, on every possible event, enthusiastically announced that Sharon is a man of peace, at a time when Sharon was delightfully slaughtering the Palestinian kids during the stones uprising of year 2000. Why Sharon did that? because he wished to make peace with the Palistinians before he faces all his mighty God, and the Palistinians ignored him. Yet, Israeli never wanting to give up, and they raised up the flag so high sloganed "give peace a second chance" , this time carried forward by their prime minister Netanyahu who is so madly in love with peace. A man who is so great that his dream is not only wanting to make the occupied territory of Palistine a better place to live, but he wants to make the whole region of the middle east looks like heaven on earth. Evidenced by the fact that during the world cup tournament, he appeared on a short video clip begging the Iranian citizens to rebel against their leaders in the quest for ever lasting peace with Isreal, and in the aftermath to play football with them in Jerusalem where both shall win. Blessed the peace loving makers, like Netanyahu, for he shall be called the child of God. Furthmore, today I read about Israel intention to inaugurate the so called "regional peace train" an announcement is made by Israel katz who is transportation and Intelligence Minister, who is heading to Oman to discuss a regional rail line at a transportation conference in Muscat, on the assumption that such an act will help foster peace in this part of the world. From the above mentioned points we can simply realise how desperate Israel for peace, conditioned that it is with an Isreali recipe. In this regard i shall advice the Israeli leaders once again to remember that "you can fool some people some times but you cannot fool all people all the time". And, if you are really serious about peace, let me tell you how you start. First, make peace with yourself and within your own community by stopping descrimination aganist Falashia jews and stop treating them as a downscaled class. Second, extend your hand to make a just peace with the people that you are currently occupying their own lands, I mean the oppressed Palestinian people, thereafter, you may make peace with other nations. but most importantly is to make peace with God all his mighty, asking him for forgiveness, for one day you crucified Jesus Christ the king of peace. In conclusion, there will be no peace on the face of earth if it is according to Israeli recipe. A real peace message came on the face of earth, at the time of Jesus Christ, who was a Palistinan jews and his followers and his believers converted to christianity. In conclusion, a call for peace that comes from the heart of the occupied land of Palestine is considered the half empty of a cup of water because the half full are still living under oppression of the apartheid system of Israel. God please give the Palistinians the courage to stand up high in the face of corrupted new world order that applaud the oppressors and curse the oppressed.

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King writes article entitled "Social or antisocial media?"

[10/31/2018 3:32:34 AM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah II has written an article entitled "Social or antisocial media?" that was published on several media outlets on Tuesday. Following is the full text of the article: Social or antisocial media? By Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein Writing this article is a way for me to address all dear Jordanians and encourage a constructive discussion on our priorities and multiple key national issues, some of which I have highlighted during my various meetings and recently in the Speech from the Throne, covering political, economic, and social aspects. I will continue to shed light on such important national matters through various platforms. In this article, I have decided to focus on a crucial issue that of disturbing trends on social media platforms. Our current era may be witnessing the most profound change in the history of media and communications, and in the way information is consumed, produced, spread, and interacted with. I am sure most of you are reading this article on their mobile phones, and once done, some of you will be sharing their opinions and thoughts on social media. I look forward to reading them. Today, social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, enable us to make our voices heard. They provide us with unprecedented opportunities to connect with each other, to express our opinions and exchange views, to come together around key and humanitarian causes, and to highlight and discuss critical issues while building on them through constructive dialogue. These tools and technologies have become vital for us all, myself included. They are a means for me to listen to citizens’ thoughts and opinions, as much as possible, unfiltered, without mediators, barriers or restrictions. Although times and tools may change, the high values of compassion and solidarity will remain at the heart of the Jordanian ethos. This is what distinguishes us. It is the anchor that enables us to stand firm in the face of all storms. None can deny Jordan’s steadfastness in the face of adversity. No force, agenda, or attempts to sow sedition can sway Jordanians from their commitment to protecting the homeland at the first sign of an attempt to threaten its security and unity. These deep-rooted values we have inherited and strive to instil in our children are the protective, sturdy shield we maintain and are proud of. However, seeing recent attempts to shake this anchor on social media platforms has pushed me to write this today. When navigating social media platforms, we often face an overwhelming volume of hostility, libel, and hatred. These platforms have almost become a place for slander and defamation; they are rife with hurtful comments and misinformation, and they almost lack any sense of moral or social responsibility, or adherence to the laws in place to deter and hold all offenders to account. What we witnessed lately with the Dead Sea incident which has caused deep pain to us all and some of the commentary that followed indeed prove that this anchor has been shaken. It reminds us that using social media requires that we do so with a sense of responsibility as we engage over events of a national scale. I find myself compelled to examine some patterns of this engagement. We must differentiate between those who criticised performance and called for identifying the responsible parties this stems from deep concern and we need that and between those few who have been offensive to the memory of the children we have lost, which makes us question the basis of their relationship with society and the goals behind this negativity that has, unfortunately, robbed them of their humanity. We must also question who is behind these opinions that are far removed from the values of our society. Dealing with the aftermath of the deeply painful Dead Sea incident requires taking stock of shortcomings and aspects of negligence, in order to hold to account those who prove to be responsible and to learn lessons that would enable us to avoid such painful incidents in the future. It also requires a deep, comprehensive reflection on the scope and nature of engagement on social media platforms. It is evident to all observers of online discussions that rumours and fabricated news are used by certain individuals to mislead their followers, fuelling their own agendas and polarising public opinion, or settling personal and political scores. [We] have been long warned of rumours and rumourmongers; God says in the Holy Quran: "O ye who believe! If a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, lest ye harm people unwittingly, and afterwards become full of repentance for what ye have done." (Al Hujurat: Verse 6) Amongst lies, empty slogans, and false heroisms, negativity and frustration thrive. Readers are often left confused between truth and rumour. An air of suspicion, confusion, and pessimism, lingers in society because of a rumour that bases its credibility solely on its ability to go viral. Thus, the virtual world no longer reflects the real image of our deep-rooted values, our society, and our everyday reality. It has been said that a lie can travel halfway around the world, before the truth can get its boots on. An MIT study supports this, reporting that fabricated news is 70 percent more likely to spread on a social media platform such as Twitter than a factual report. This calls to mind the wave of rumours and false stories that spread while I was on my annual break, and continued even after I returned and resumed my activities. The question persisted: where is the king? Some went as far as questioning my presence even as I stood before them. Can it be that an illusion perpetuated by screens has become a reality to some? Unfortunately, some people have tried to spread rumours targeting the morale and unity of Jordanians. And when those people are confronted with the fact that their accusations are baseless, they still argue: there is no smoke without fire. I can surely say that those with ill intentions towards Jordan will always find a way to spark a crisis out of nothing. From time to time, I find myself compelled to address this issue, and we must all never hesitate to confront, those who hide behind their screens and lies with the truth. Whoever suffers harm may resort to court to seek justice, for we are a country of institutions governed by law. Anyone who offends a Jordanian whether from my bigger Jordanian family or my immediate family offends me personally. To put the phenomenon of misinformation in context, we must remember that it is not unique to Jordan. It is a global phenomenon and challenge. The impact of fabricated news and misinformation was evident in key moments over the past two years across Europe and the United States. As a result, we are witnessing a global trend of countries developing laws to address the spread of fabricated news and misinformation. Today, there is an urgent need to develop our laws to ensure the protection of freedom of expression, protect citizens’ right to privacy, combat rumours and misinformation, and counter hate speech, especially since several senior executives of the world’s largest social media platforms have openly recognised that their platforms could be abused for negative and destructive purposes. In light of these pressing developments which must be addressed, it is important to strike a balance between safeguarding freedom of expression a right we are always committed to protecting and between the rights and priorities integral to the stability and welfare of our society. This will positively contribute to enriching the public debate necessary to combat the phenomenon of using social media irresponsibly and negatively in many instances. Social media companies undoubtedly have a key role in countering the negative use of social media platforms, through ongoing technical enhancement, and regular reviews of ethical and legal terms of use. Moreover, governments are compelled to work transparently and provide accurate, timely information to the public in this era of openness. And I hope that our current government will rise to public expectations in this regard. We also cannot disregard the role of media platforms and professionals as key pillars in the flow of information and communication. They must enhance their professional standards and uphold their ethical responsibilities. More important, however, is our responsibility as individuals and societies not to be a passive audience, but to be active and critical of what we read, what we believe, and what we share with others. We must apply reason and common sense to weigh news and information. Let us reflect and ask ourselves: where would we end up if we were not responsible and cautious when interacting on social media? What would our future look like if we abandoned rationality and reason; if we chose rumours over truth; if our discourse were based on lies and hearsay; if character assassination became the norm? Imagine what would happen if officials were too paralysed by fear to take the right decisions to serve the country and its citizens, or if they were rushed to take arbitrary, uninformed decisions. If citizens did not have reliable facts and information readily available, how could they make informed decisions and engage in responsible national dialogue on decisive issues? Indeed, Jordan still has a long way to go to fulfil its aspirations and become what Jordanians strive for and well deserve; many challenges remain before us. Therefore, our first priority is development and reform. Countries are not built on scepticism and self-doubt, nor on undermining and denying achievements. They are built by determination, will, hard work, and positive and constructive engagement in national issues. As we proudly near the centennial of the Jordanian state, and as the world around us develops at an unprecedented pace, let us march confidently and positively towards the future, lest we are left behind. Let us utilise the tools of this age in our favour, enriching them with our Jordanian identity, values, and ethics that have guided this homeland’s journey over a century.

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Deceptive Netanyahu

[10/16/2018 11:43:53 AM]

AMMONNEWS - By Dr Majed Shami - Mr Netanyahu, couble of months ago, during world cup in Russia, you stunned the world with a video clip in which you appeared as if you are the peace loving maker of the world. I have had a chance to watch your well fabricated video clip addressing the Iranian people with warm, kind, and gentle words, accompanied by a gesture of a human being, inviting the Iranian for peacefull coexistance, pretending that you are an inspiration to peace, and you are not, and you can never be. Here are few humane words, hope they will tickle your eyes and ears, give yourself a chance to review yourself and you will discover that you are a person filled with hatred to any peace love and tranquility. Before extending your peace loving hand to the Iranian and wishes to play football with them, promising them that you both will be winner, why dont you do that with the palestinian people that are closer to you than Iran and extend your peace loving hand to them, rather than bombarding them every day. Why dont you accept a just peace based on two states resolution so both inhabitants can live in peace instead of your hallucination about the century deal. Mr Netanyahu you are the last man on the face of earth to lecture about peace when it is not in your dictionary. I would like to give you a humble advice i have learned when i was doing my doctorate in the USA "you can foul some people sometimes but you cant foul all people all the time". My final word is directed to the jews that are currently occupying the land of palestine. Please extend your hands to the same people you are currently occupying and remember that they are the same people who opend their land and heart when you were discriminated against in Europe. Those people deserve to be treated with kindness and love for being too nice to you before your taking over their land that was given to you by a falsification of Balfour promise (palestine for the jews). There are enough land in palestine to inhabit both of you. Put your hand with the fascinating palestinian people and both of you shall fascinate the world. Think of the long term, think of your children if you want them to be safe. Occupation cant last forever but love and kindness can. let us raise the flag of love and kindness and let us sing together "we want to make the Holly land a better place to live" rather than the voice and noise of tanks and weopons of mass destruction. It is time for you Jewish people to tell Netanyahu that enough is enough and the time has come for a new era .

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The Russian hackersare just so much to bear

[8/25/2018 6:45:12 AM]

AMMONNEWS - By Feras Werr - As a response to an article in the New York Times named “New Russian Hacking Targeted Republican Groups, Microsoft Says”. How much can the US handle pressure. Is it time to really act or are we left with a US president that cannot handle Russia and its influence. It’s about time we cut the sex scandle crap away and really ask the president. What does he have up his sleeve to reverse Russia’s pressure away from the US and its internal affairs. Its not a big secret. It’s all over the news world wide; that the US is subject to massive Russian manipulation to the extent that the legitimacy of the latest presidential elections and the future ones are under questioning. The question of how many insults can the pride of the American nation handle is definitely not open to discussion. What is the presidency’s plan to really stand up to this Russian internet attack is a question I would really love to ask the real president of the US.Obviously Trump doesn’t have the know howas to how to stop Russia and it’s growing influence in the US making me really wonder as to who is running the White House. There are somethings that have to stop. Many thanks to Microsoft and its efforts in stopping the Russian hackers from what they are doing… but on an internal scale there should be massive measures taken to fortify all the sites that have been hacked and to tell Russia to also back off..America is hands off for you. What is the Trump administration waiting for. The goal of the Russian hackers were geared towards tearing apart the unity of the Republican party. Should the US ease up its nosing into Russian affairs so Russia will do the same? A lot of political analysts in the Middle East have noticed that the Russian internet hackers are revenging NATO and US attempts to curtail Russian influence in many areas around the globe. Moreover explaining Putin’siron will to supportBashar Al-Assad’s regime in Syria; a move to strike back at the US’s will to remove Al-Assad’s regime from power. Russia also sustained army bases in Syria strategically stating to the world that it is counteracting against growing US influence and goals in the region… again proposing the same question. What is the Trump’s administration plan to cut down on ths tension between the US and Russia. What is Trump waiting for… a move by Russia to damage US internal political solidarity? I just wonder if Trump is at all qualified to lead the battle with Russia...although I hope he is for all the good and democracy that the US stands for. I will be praying for the US.

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Challenges Facing Scientific Research in Jordan

[8/7/2018 5:11:08 PM]

AMMONNEWS - By Dr. Abdel Rahman Altakhaineh - It is well-known that scientific research is crucial in the development and productivity growth of any nation. It allows individuals to deepen their knowledge and broaden their horizons. It is also a source of technological and social innovations. Scientific research raises the level of thought, improves critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and allows the exploration of unknown or less-researched areas of our universe. While this may seem quite straightforward, significant challenges have been encountered when conducting research in developing countries in general, and in Jordan, in particular. Although major public and private universities in Jordan continuously emphasize the importance of scientific research in enhancing the quality of education and in increasing university rankings worldwide, lack of investment in research is still regarded as one of the main challenges of encouraging research in Jordan. The GeneralDirector of the Scientific Research Support Fund, Dr. Abdullah Zu’bie, indicated that Jordan needs a real investment in higher education and scientific research in order to build technological and research fields through recruiting a well-educated workforce. The second most important challenge is the lack of professional and mandatory training on contemporary research methodologies, research ethics, and research misconduct at Jordanian universities. Lack of awareness of the above areas produces outdated and unreliable research studies that sabotage the reputation of universities and negatively impacts on the quality of education. The third challenge is the lack of awareness of good peer-refereed journals which are indexed in international databases, such as Web of Science and Scopus, especially those with a high impact factor. This lack of awareness is further affected by university qualification requirements for promotion, which do not require the publication in such journals. Many researchers in Jordan are promoted by publishing research studies in: (1) journals that are only indexed in Google Scholar, (2) journals that require high publication fees, (3) journals that have a low impact factor, and finally (4) journals that have a very low rejection rate and those that do not follow rigorous reviewing procedures. Finally, in order to truly improve the quality of scientific research in Jordan, universities need to allocate financial resources for research development, to hold mandatory workshops on producing up-to-date research studies that abide by research ethics and on publishing research in reputable journals, and to change promotion requirements at Jordanian Universities so that publishing a paper in Web of Science and/or Scopus-indexed journals becomes mandatory.

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Jerusalem of Palestine

[7/26/2018 5:28:24 AM]

AMMONNEWS - By Dr majed shami- A message to the peace loving citizens of the world, to all good arab citizens in general and the palestinian in diaspora in specific. May 14th was a catastrofic day. it was a day unprecedented in the history of mankind, the move of the american embassy to Jerusalem in a challenging gesture by Donald trump not only to peace loving citizen of earth but challenging move to all his mighty God in the capital of his descended three religions. In this regard, we have got to be united in the quest of good, to voice out loud and clear to all mankinds, all over the globe, that evil acts shall be confronted and agression shall cease to exist to make the world a better place to live. it is our moral responsibility regardless of our gender, colors, religions, and nationalities to face the acts of those who are wiseless in favor of wiseness. it is the world responsibility to say their moral word to help save our planet earth from irrational decisions that might ignate the fire of hell on the face of earth. the time is right for world nations to say their just word that the holy land of jeruselim can never be the capital of the so called Isreal, as it was declared by the president of the united states Donald trump, rather, it is the capital of all those who love peace and tranquility, and it is the capital of heaven for all his mighty God descended his massengers on this blessed land, yet , it is the capital of its palestinian people and will be inherited for plestinian generations to come. An unthoughtfull declaration made by a human error will not last forever because time will correct such an error made by the most powerfull man on the face of earth when he will become powerless. nevertheless, we have a morale responsibility towards that temperory most powerfull man on the face of earth to thank him from the bottom of our hearts for he unintentially united us in the quest of Jerusalem in specific and Palestine in wider sence, as well as arabs in general, as he helped us to through behind us our fabricated differences that ruined this part of the region for considrable time. More importently, thank you Mr president for you made us a great favor by bringing the Palestinian cause to the surface again after it was forgotten for so long. nevertheless, we have to thank the great american nation for their astonishment from Trump irrational declaration, this great nation that cant wait for Trump four presidential years to finish and take his declaration home with him as a souvenir. thank you again Mr president and in this regard we the peace loving people of earth in general and the palestinian people in specific advise you to have enough courage to say to yourself (no to violent declaratiion and yes to repeal it and replace it with more wiser declaration.

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