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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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Jordan: A Failed State?

[6/9/2018 7:21:40 PM]

AMMONNEWS -By Madeleine Mezagopian- The Fragile States Index (FSI,) formerly called Failed States Index, appears among the quantitative measurement tools of state failure. Through adopting socioeconomic and political indicators e.g. demographic pressures, poverty and economic decline and corruption, in its list for 2016 FSI ranked Jordan within the category with features that renders its society and institutions vulnerable to failure. Some scholars focus on the capacity and effectiveness of the government to determine if a state is failed or not (Patrick, S. 2007). While J. Goldstone in his paper Pathways to State Failure (2008) defines a failed state as one that has lost both its effectiveness and legitimacy with the former meaning the capability to carry out state functions and the latter involves the support of important groups of the population. The current developments in Jordan clearly indicate the government with its two components executive and legislative authorities failed in carrying out its functions which resulted in losing the support and confidence of important segments of its people. Jordanian people protesting against the decisions taken by the executive authority reflects the failure of the legislative authority that failed in promoting and advocating peoples’ aspirations, wishes and interests and not least failed to adequately monitor the performance of the executive authority and bringing to justice those who depleted the national treasury. Whereas the three interrelated outcomes of the bad performance of the executive authority throughout the years, unemployment, poverty and inflation, is very much linked to the shrinking middle class in Jordan the key employer which has been negatively impacted by the investment law, financial policies and market monopoly by the few linked to or themselves having privileged status. Through resorting to the socioeconomic and political indicators adopted in measuring the fragility of a state, several factors inter alia poverty, economic decline and corruption indicate Jordan’s fragility as a state. As with regard demographic pressures, the crucial argument of the Jordanian government in eclipsing its failure, yes Jordan did and continue to suffer of demographic pressures of influx of refugees the last several decades with accompanying socioeconomic and security challenges especially in the aftermath of the proxy war in Syria. However, Jordan with its limited natural sources and sensitive geographic location abandoned its viable foreign policy of neutrality resulting in antagonizing states in the region and beyond and losing their in kind and financial support. Diverse pressures beyond the control of the Jordanian government were further aggravated with failed executive and legislative authorities, but foremost through deep rooted and widespread corruption that left no sector untouched including those dealing with the most vulnerable segments of the society. This said, Jordan’s standing in the FSI did improve during 2011-2016 foremost with HM King Abdullah II championing political reforms. Yes bridges are rebuilt between the Monarch of Jordan and the Jordanian people with the ongoing concern of the Monarch in and apt directives towards alleviating the hardships of Jordanians. However, the sustainability of these bridges warrant restructuring yet another element of the government the Royal Court, that is entrusted with the responsibility of and has a crucial role in delivering the Monarch's visions and concerns, not least securing open channels between the Monarch and the Jordanian family, especially the excluded intellectual elites of Jordan. The excluded intellectual elites and Jordan’s youth in general who together with Jordan’s security apparatus vehemently revived Jordan’s culture of peace and gained worldwide respect during and post the peaceful protests and emerged as the true heroes of Jordan. Last but not least, it is imperative to underline that security issues did gain priority over political reforms, a prerequisite for economic prosperity; given Jordan neighbouring conflicts hit countries, in addition to homemade extremists. But it is equally crucial to highlight Jordan remains in the warn category of Fragile States Index and appointing a prime minister of high credibility and integrity without dissolving the parliament and calling for new parliamentary elections most probably with new elections law, and without uprooting corruption in all its forms and restructuring key institutions is a recipe for Jordan to become a failed state.

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The Woman In Armenia: A Model To Follow

[5/19/2018 4:31:37 AM]

AMMONNEWS - By Madeleine Mezagopian - Between subjugation and restricting the liberty of the woman on one hand and excessive emancipation of the woman with nostalgia for romance and for family life on the other, the woman as symbol of fertility, medium of creativity and productivity, icon of beauty and passion and not least the guardian of family is still relevant in Armenia. During the author’s second visit to Motherland Armenia, observing anew with open heart and mind albeit detached from emotions and partiality, a country in transition where the remnants of the open prison, which though provided minimum basic needs however uprooted ideological diversity with its lethal repercussions on human comportments, still can be detected. Yet hope and optimism was a companion throughout the visit motivated and inspired mainly by the emblem of progress and continuity embodied in the Armenian woman. The far, the near and the current history of Armenia best testify the strong and dynamic role of the Armenian women. From glorifying Saint Virgin Mary, going through all the female related symbols identified and carved in historical sites, cultural figures, e.g. 8th century musician Khostrovidukth of Goghtn, novelist Srpouhi Dussap (1840-1901), political activist and poet Silvia Kaputikyan (1919-2006), soprano Hasmik Papian (1961) to name but the very few, to former young Minister of Justice Arpine Hovhanesyan, one of the present Vice Presidents of the Armenian Parliament, and current Minister of Diaspora Dr. Hranush Hakobyan. With incessant perseverance, Dr. Hakobyan, whose professional generosity was overwhelming during two meetings with the author, is determined not to miss an opportunity to bring together the Armenian Diaspora and the Motherland Armenia to serve best Armenia’s national interests. Dr. Hakobyan is the longest serving member in the Armenian Parliament where 19 out of 105 parliamentary members are women moving from only 3% in 2001 and 10.7% in 2015 to 18.1% in the aftermath of April 2, 2017 parliamentary elections. Although today the Armenian Cabinet is represented only by one female Minister. Nonetheless with the Armenian woman strongly present in the judiciary and legislative authorities, enhancing social, health and educational services and active as private entrepreneurs despite all the accompanying challenges, the woman in Armenia is slowly however surely contributing in self- realization and giving birth to Great Armenia. Today and despite limited resources, elegance in all its forms never departs the Armenian woman; whether a public servant, a musician, a guide in a winery or museum, a cashier in a mall or supermarket or a lady making sure a restaurant is shining clean and attractive for visitors. Elegantly dressed and with such pride and dignity, the woman in Armenia gracefully goes to her destination every morning whether to study, to work or to attend to the needs of a family member. Meeting considerable number of Armenian women in Vernissage market and elsewhere in Yerevan exhibiting their delicate, sophisticated and obviously time consuming handcrafts is both impressive and a strong indicator of women’s engagement in self-employment being high in Armenia. Being an observer is not enough. Getting acquainted with very distinguished Armenian women who shared the author with their factual insight of the woman in Armenia is indeed a very rich complementing element bridging observation and actuality. As a member of an Armenian family in the Diaspora, who twelve years ago opted to leave the facile life in USA and move to Armenia out of conviction return of Armenians to Motherland will rebuild Armenia, Angela Hassassian, a young ambitious Armenian woman specialist in communications, stated the following Women in Armenia are due for some eye opening, as in reality they are strong members of the society, both as a backbone for the family and as major contributors in the work force. Often times, however, their roles are either belittled or completely unacknowledged as the patriarchy is so deep settled into the minds of both men and women alike, that even women themselves tend not to recognize their worth. While they wear many hats filling the roles of mothers, wives, caregivers, breadwinners, experts in their fields etc., they limit themselves when in the presence of men, and accept social restrictions placed on them as simply being natural and expected. And yet I can't help but feel that women in Armenia are some of the strongest and most admirable that I have ever come to know, and it's simply a question of having them finally valuing themselves as individuals and as part of the whole society. The disproportional gender component of the society in Armenia, which is mainly due to male emigrants seeking work abroad, resulted in a much debated phenomenon especially in recent years and preoccupied young and older women in Armenia while acknowledging past and present strong status of the woman in Armenia despite some accompanying negative social norms. With the typical classiness of the woman in Armenia combined with profound knowledge of Armenian history and literature, our tour guide Hayarpi Ohanyan supported what some claim of ancient Armenian culture being women-friendly by drawing attention to the fact that Nowadays the hearth of Armenia, Yerevan, is guarded by a woman, the statue of Mother Armenia*. That may be the reason behind the growing power of women in Armenia today. Even though selective abortion is a serious issue in Armenia, the role of women cannot be eliminated in many fields. When I speak about this topic I always remember one woman who was digging all the wells of her village because young men in that community were abroad. The situation of women is very different in this society. In rural places women are somehow deprived of their femininity because they have to do physical job traditionally prescribed to men. In cities, especially in Yerevan they are acting successfully in political, social, business and other fields. I hope that in near future we will have no abortion defined by sex or domestic violence. As Armenians like to refer to their historical past, I would like to remind them how they were once treating the women. Next to the male deities, they worshipped goddesses, Anahit, Astghik and Naneh, whose names are still very popular female names. A few number of churches were dedicated to women in early Christian times, moreover, the most "patriarchal" church of Armenia, Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the first officially constructed church of Armenia, was named after Saint Mary and has a bass relief of the first female disciple on one of its walls. Few people know Diana Abgar (Angarian, 1859-1937) who was the first Armenian ambassador ever, appointed to Japan in 1918 during the First Armenian Republic and one of the first female diplomats in the world. With a background in the Middle East and USA, Diana Abassian, a mother of two young Armenians, who combines teaching English as a foreign language, much needed profession in a country heading towards integration in Europe and reaching the world, and attending to familial needs, underlined the following If I had to compare women in Armenia to women in the West, I would say they are more hard working, whether outdoors or at home. They are more dedicated to the family and they tend to baby their children regardless of their age. Armenian women are treated inferior to men. For example, the daughter is expected to help in the household chores, cooking, serving everyone around them while their brother and father would sit around and expect to be served. Paradoxically, sex selective abortions are a big problem in the country which considers having a son preferable to having a daughter. Though we are seeing some improvement in the newer generation, it is still a slow process In addition, you would see more Armenian young women than men in the country, for Armenian men leave the country in search for work while Armenian women are forced to raise the family single-handedly. While Nelly Manukyan, a highly gifted professional flute and piano player who comes from a family of musicians, including a composer and organ player brother Hovhannes Manukyan, shared her profound and optimistic thoughts of the woman in Armenia and stated I am proud to be Armenian. In traditional families, the Armenian woman has always been the strong foundation and the pillar of the family both for her husband and children. I am glad in our time the Armenian woman is able to combine family responsibilities with her work and excel as a businesswoman i.e. realizes herself. I wish each woman in Armenia was self-sufficient: taking care of her beauty and health, two essentials and not luxury, as it is the case in the developed countries, where during my visits I noticed women seem to be less emotionally and physically drained than Armenian women. May the intrinsic attributes of pride, loyalty and loving nature of the Armenian women survive all challenges. Anahid Nazaryan, a young, nation- loving, ambitious Armenian woman, cofounder of and project manager at Sahman non-governmental organization engaged in community development in border villages of Armenia together with other two young Armenian women, reflected her somehow pessimistic insight without abandoning hope in Armenian women by underlining that Armenian women are always praised for their high morals, love and care for family and children. But few ask what generates these attributes. In most Armenian families and since early childhood, girls are brought up and educated as future wives and mothers. Hence it is normal for most girls to dedicate their lives for the family. Often women just reproduce and reflect their family unwittingly without valuing themselves as human beings. Armenian women have very low self-esteem due to lack of realizing importance of life and because of family boundaries. Despite these negative social norms, women in Armenia have more opportunities for the growth of their personal and professional lives and unlike the men they have less responsibilities during their early lives. In this difficult financial and political period in Armenia, men are still in charge of the financial problems of the family and shoulder its responsibilities. Therefore many men tend to start working at early age often missing education and self realization. Hence, it is easier for women to get good education and better positions in the professional arena which remain missed opportunities by many women in Armenia. Nevertheless, more and more women are seizing these opportunities and trying to make changes in Armenia with the painful reality of those women thinking and living outside the box not receiving the support if not the rejection of the society overlooking productive women can equally if not more effectively generate love and care for their families and children. With advantaged if not luxurious centres in Europe in mind, far from Yerevan in an area with very limited facilities, the author met Hasmik Hovhannissyan, cofounder and president of Centaur Animal-Assisted Therapy Centre that helps stray and neglected animals recover from their health issues and then they help people get over their mental and physical problems. A centre that deserves all possible support by the local and international relevant bodies. Hasmik’s care for the most vulnerable segment of the Armenian society together with another very young dedicated Armenian woman is combined with her concern for Armenian woman’s needs while acknowledging the unique implicit diplomacy of the Armenian woman as follows In a nutshell, the primary concern of the Armenian woman is her family – the husband and the children. This has its pros and cons. For instance, the Armenian woman's children and husband are always well-fed and well-taken care after and her house is always clean and shining but her own needs and wishes are almost never a priority for her. An Armenian woman is soft, but strong, in seemingly patriarchal society there is in reality matriarchate but an Armenian woman is wise enough not to show it openly but direct her husband and the family course softly. Whereas Lilit Kirdikanyan, like any typical Armenian woman embracing professionalism without compromising her feminism, a Chemist by education and Front Desk Manager at Republica Hotel, underlined the evolving character of the Armenian woman and told the author Nowadays, women in Armenia are very different from those of the older generation. This is due mainly to women in Armenia receiving education not only at home but also abroad. Hence they become more independent and know and appreciate their true value. They no longer tolerate insult from men and have all the courage to express their opinion, however without losing their femininity and preserve the ideal example of the mother tendance. While the evolving role of the woman in Armenia is best represented in the education, task and in the perception of Mary Manukyan, specialized in Political Management/Analysis and Assistant to the Minister of Diaspora, who presented the following concise holistic description of the woman in Armenia. Traditionally, women always had a significant role in the Armenian society in general and in the Armenian families in particular. At the present, the woman is still considered the pillar of the family while preserving a significant presence in the political arena and public life of Armenia, which is best testified with one of the first female ambassadors in the world being but the Armenian Ambassador Diana Abgar. In the light of the aforementioned, the Armenian society combines both patriarchal and matriarchal features which hopefully will evolve towards a balanced and humane society promoting the rights of all and learning lessons from both conservative and liberal societies who are far from enjoying true harmony and serenity. In addition to the urgency of bridging the gender wage gap and providing equal opportunities in education and employment, the realities pertinent to the woman in Armenia echoed in the above statements hopefully will be eye opening and inspiration for all, including scholars and practitioners in Armenia to, in partnership, develop relevant recommendations and policies respectively, further enhancing the status of the woman in Armenia which in its turn will enhance the status of Armenia; country and people. Despite the challenges and social ailments facing the Armenian society as it is the case with all nations in transition. The woman in Armenia will remain source of hope, integrity and continuity and foremost a model to follow.

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Donald Trump: Man at War

[3/26/2018 3:35:13 PM]

AMMONNEWS - By Charles M. Blow -As Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, tweeted Friday: “@realDonaldTrump is now set for war on 3 fronts: political vs Bob Mueller, economic vs China/others on trade, and actual vs. Iran and/or North Korea. This is the most perilous moment in modern American history — and it has been largely brought about by ourselves, not by events.” I agree fully with this assessment. Some have viewed President Trump’s recent moves as a sign of rising self-assuredness in the man. I see quite the opposite. I see a man growing increasingly irascible as his sense of desperation surges. The world is closing in on Trump and he is in an existential fight for his own survival. This is precisely what makes him so dangerous: As the personal threat to him grows, his threat to the country grows. The power of the American presidency is an awesome power, and Trump will harness and deploy it all as guard and guarantee against his own demise. Add to his sense of panic his compounding emotional and psychological liabilities: He has an inflated view of his own skills, talents and expertise. He knows only a fraction of what he has convinced himself that he knows. Karen Hill 3 minutes ago Watch that bias about reading being better than listening. Not always true. My daughter has learning disabilities that make it very hard for... Barbara 5 minutes ago What does a president do when he is slipping in the ratings? He starts a war, any kind of war. Remember after 9/11, the slogan was that... Harry Pearle 5 minutes ago "Man at War" Donald Trump was sent to the NY Military Academy, at the age of 13. Thus, he must have developed his war-like character!Also,... SEE ALL COMMENTS WRITE A COMMENT He prefers casual conversation to literary examination, opting to listen rather than to read, which is both a sign of a severely compromised and restrained intellect and an astounding arrogance about one’s information absorption. While pundits mull whether the cloud of chaos Trump keeps swirling around him is simple incompetence or strategic plotting, The New York Times reported Friday: “Aides said there was no grand strategy to the president’s actions, and that he got up each morning this week not knowing what he would do. Much as he did as a New York businessman at Trump Tower, Mr. Trump watched television, reacted to what he saw on television and then reacted to the reaction.” This is all gut and instinct. This is all reactionary emoting by a man of poor character, one addicted to affirmation. He desperately needs to be the king-of-every-hill he sees in the mirror: He was the ladies’ man, businessman, smartest man, toughest man. There was nothing beyond him, and he didn’t have to follow the rules, he only had to follow his instincts. But Washington politics is a long way from New York City real estate. Wrangling Senate votes is a long way from prowling for playmates. This is the big leagues and this little man is feeling the stress and strain of it. Even if he can’t be good, he at least wants to look good, to fake it to try to make it. This may be one of the reasons he is inviting so many television personalities into his cabinet. This is all just window dressing. Trump is truly in the cross hairs, and he knows it. Just as he is going to war on three fronts, he is being attacked on three fronts. The Robert Mueller investigation is bearing down on him as an inevitable in-person interview with Trump — and all of its potential pitfalls — draws nearer. I have resisted predictions about what could come of the investigation because it would be little more than conjecture. Only Mueller knows what Mueller knows. But, it appears to me that the president is surely acting like a guilty man, or at least someone trying to shield another who is guilty. Then there is the porn star, the playmate and the reality star: Three women currently in litigation over sexual contact with Trump — two admittedly consensual and one allegedly not. The most tantalizing and threatening of the three is the case with porn star Stephanie Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels. Daniels and her attorney, as well as language in the nondisclosure agreement that she signed, suggests that she has some compromising written and photographic evidence about her encounters with Trump. Furthermore, in Daniels, Trump seems to have met his match as an internet troll. When someone on Twitter asked Clifford, “What snack foods do you recommend for watching you on “60 Minutes” tomorrow night? Nachos and wings feel so January, you know?” Clifford responded: “Tacos and mini corndogs just seems so right … and yet, so wrong. I believe the more traditional choice is popcorn, however.” Yes, the subtext of that tweet is exactly what you think it is. Note to self: Never pick a fight with a porn star. And now with the massive March For Our Lives, we see that going into the midterms not only are black voters and suburban white women energized against this president and his congressional protectors, so are young people who feel betrayed, particularly on the issue of gun control, by politicians beholden to the N.R.A. Trump talked big about standing up to the N.R.A., and then summarily caved to the N.R.A. If this surge of enthusiasm leads to Democrats flipping the House — and the long shot, the Senate — and something comes of the Mueller investigation or the women’s lawsuits, you can rest assured that impeachment proceedings will be in the offing. This is why Trump is going to war.

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Helping Jordan in deeds, not only in words

[2/25/2018 5:48:46 AM]

AMMONNEWS - By Khalid Dalal - It is not enough to hear the nice words various senior foreign officials keep saying about Jordan and its wise dealing with regional challenges. And it is not enough for them to keep emphasising that the country has always been bolstering the stability and security of the region. Its leadership is the real moderate voice in the Middle East. The country has always been helping with international causes, starting with fully supporting the just cause of the Palestinians to hosting millions of refugees from different countries, etc. It is not enough, as there is an urgent need for real support from Jordan’s friends, now and not tomorrow, as the country is facing aggravating economic woes that increasingly put pressure on Jordanians. How to help is simple. Take the five-year $6.3 billion-assistance memorandum of understanding between Jordan and the United States on economic and military cooperation, signed in Amman recently, as a good example to follow. Jordan is a real friend to many countries and their leaders, as well as influential Eastern and Western decision-making circles, are keen to listen to His Majesty King Abdullah’s wise and brave advice on how to tackle regional and global problems. Many, especially the G-20 countries, should follow suit and sign agreements similar to the Jordanian-US deal. Incidentally, the G-20 accounts for 85 per cent of the global GDP. If the world loves Jordan and admires its stances, as it says, it has to prove it in deeds, not in words only. The writer is former media and communication director at His Majesty King Abdullah’s Office, former adviser at the Royal Hashemite Court, and currently senior media adviser and special representative for international strategic communication at Talal Abu Ghazaleh Group.

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