Ammon News, View Points

Peace Or Hostilities?

[3/14/2020 9:32:49 AM]

AMMONNEWS - By Feras Werr -A momentary writer’s block made me seek the open air balcony of my home with my usual reviving caffeine friend in my hand on one warm August midnight. The heavenly population sparkled magnificently in the skies above as I enjoyed short flavorful sips of the delicious Turkish coffee while its potent aroma saturated the air around me. A graceful tranquility prevailed, being only broken by an occasional soft wind that carried within its wake the soft shuffles of the trees in the surrounding gardens. I was truly in a paradise for meditation that captivated me in total divine bliss for several minutes to the extent that I didn't hear it at first. It seemed hazy interferences to my senses but in a few short moments it got louder gaining my undivided attention. It was unbelievable. As my hearing focused bolts of awe tore through me from her alarming screaming. There was no doubt about it. It was the anguished SOS cries of a woman receiving a vicious beating. It was clear that the problem was happening at a house that was probably two or three minutes walking distance away from my apartment. Despite this the woman's hysterical yelling was powerful enough to completely fill the skies and the streets of my neighborhood. It continued for about ten bitter minutes uninterrupted making my spine chill countless times with no apparent interference by anyone to move the victim away from the path of her mad assailant. Suddenly it ended and everything quieted down. Nothing was heard but the shuffling of the trees once again as they answered the gentle summer currents that were gliding by. This happened a year ago. Ever since then the woman cried three times and on one Friday morning when everything broke loose in her house I was able to hear what sounded like smacks all the way to my house. What I was witnessing were truly sorrowful, shameful and barbaric events that were happening at all in our community. Many times in the salons that I attend and within visits to friends I never cease to amaze at the amount of heads that would nod in disapproval when this topic would surface. Everybody publicly denounces this act of total inhumanity. But what happens to those views when both man and his wife reunite within the privacy of their homes. According to what I encountered in my life experience, and dealing with several issues myself via my private circle of friends, no married man in our Arabian area can assure that he enjoys a totally aggressive free relationship. There are two points concerning this subject. The first one being: what we count as a produce from a minute or so of male anger or aggressiveness towards his female -which could range from a simple smack to a beating- is in fact a very serious violation of acceptable conduct. It is literally counted by law as an assault. To further clarify the situation, if we had two people that were quarreling and one of them physically assaulted the other, the assaulted person can file a charge against the assaulting person. This is because there was an attempt on their safety. This law doesn't change in a family problem. Our laws regard women as human beings and protect their safety as much as men’s. An assault is an assault whether it was on a man or woman and laws can be in effect immediately if there was a serious threat on someone and on his or her safety. their legal rights in such circumstances. Special offices* with qualified psychologists and social workers are available around the clock at our Jordanian police offices for families that suffer constantly from the actions of violent males. This leads to a second point that can be major to marital homes and families. As a woman, is it alright to reunite back with someone that has assaulted you even with a smack across the face before? Some men will find my following words as disturbing. However, truthfully speaking, before the reason behind your husband’s aggressive behavior is dealt with it is not advised that you reunite back with him at all even when under family or any form of pressure. By striking you as a woman in any way, he is announcing to you that he can be aggressive towards you at any time. The Christian priest, Muslim Imam or family friend will not be able to help in this problem. Your husband might be suffering from psychological disadvantages that need attention and counseling at a psychiatrist/psychologist's clinic. Your husband: 1) cannot exercise self restraint on his actions; 2) cannot communicate normally (meaning he cannot engage in normal discussion nor can he accept other people's points of views). Ignoring this might place your life in danger at a certain point once your relationship is back. I have known religious figures and family that justified violence and was personally shocked by their irresponsible judgments towards this issue. Your family should be aware that beatings can be fatal to your life. The usual reconciling explanations that our society approves of that say “Your husband lost his temper, don’t we all lose our temper and it's your fault that you made him go angry,” are unworkable in this situation. Some time ago in the town where I live in and while society stood indifferently on repeated domestic violence a woman lost her life. Her aggressive husband pushed her and she smashed her head while falling on furniture. She instantly died suffering from her fatal wound and her husband took seven years in prison. Quite a devastating ending for what could have been reversed had the concerned authorities been notified and the necessary steps been taken. Although a bit diverse, the following pointers may assist in turning an uneven relationship into a happier one. Never expect marriage to be a dictatorship where you as a husband will exercise full authority. Regretfully this hopeless traditional thinking is still adopted by men and families in our societies. Women are no longer uneducated and need the guidance of men to make them feel secure. Your wife is a human being with her own independent achievements and character that is teaming up with you to initiate a balanced relationship. Think positively about marriage as a way to complete your inner self and emotional needs. You will never succeed in molding your wife into any expectations but the positive approach rests in resolving problems through maintaining an open mind, discussion and compromising. Settlements achieved through communication and dialogues are stable and long lasting. Always remember that you're a human being that can make mistakes and in need to constantly seek advice. The wisest rulers have advisors at their right hand to help them out in decision making. Another powerful corner stone in a stable marriage is having an insight into your spouse’s needs and feelings. If this alone is fulfilled the amount of balance achieved is huge and positive. Lastly you can achieve all of this in a marriage and still have a beautiful supporting obedient wife to you. Obedience is something that a woman grants her husband out of her own free will because she loves him. It is never torn away from a woman through force. In return her husband will have the serious responsibility of assuring her continuously that he is worth her trust and obedience. After all, isn’t cultivating peace and love in your marriage better than planting a choking jungle of hostilities? DID YOU KNOW? • The World Health Organization has reported that up to 70% of female murder victims are killed by their male partners. • One in every three women in the world has experienced sexual, physical, emotional or other abuse in her lifetime. • In the UK, 74% of men would report a dog being beaten to the police, but only 53% would report domestic violence to the police. • According to a US study, boys who witness their father’s violence are 10 times more likely to engage in spouse abuse later in adulthood than boys from non-violent homes. • A recent survey by the Kenyan Women Rights Awareness Program revealed that 70% of those interviewed knew neighbors who beat their wives. Nearly 60% said women were to blame for the beatings. *

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philosophy for the Insightful vision in King Abdullah II speech in the European Parliament

[1/23/2020 12:32:30 PM]

AMMONNEWS - By Mais AlQudah - The vision in its definition considered as one of the concepts that has remained mysterious to most readers is regardless of how researchers dealt with it in research and analysis; some of them approached the concept to the extent of a correct understanding of the meaning and some of them moved away in the opposite meaning, what make views are still similar and different to be a tool and approach to the content or to compare it with what has been described. If we want to define a vision, it can be defined as the ability to think about the future or plan it with imagination or wisdom. Therefore, insight is thinking about things in the mind and heart, the owner of wisdom, planning and development, the owner of vision and insight. His Majesty King Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein, may God protect him, The one with Insightful vision and future look, from the righteous Hashemite School, He is the person who spared no effort in serving and building Jordan, with his political cleverness in the process of development with determination and persistence, He is always the initiator between the leaders of the states and opinion leaders in the world, The first man of peace who Addressing the challenges facing Jordan, foremost of which is the Palestinian cause. A vision through which His Majesty constantly calls for peace in the region, peace that guarantees the Palestinians their right to an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital, a viable Palestinian state, a vision and continuous wisdom in which he focuses on peace that guarantees the supreme interests of the homeland. Political cleverness led by His Majesty King Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein, may God protect him to defend Palestine in all international forums with a bright wisdom and a heart capable of showing the truth as seen by Jordan. An insightful vision in which Jordan's principles were firmly established and based on a comprehensive thought in internal and external politics, through which it strengthened Jordan's security and stability, despite the difficult economic situation that Jordan is experiencing in light of the regional and global events it afflicts An insightful vision that included a balance that distanced the Jordanian state from all conflicts. A wise and insightful political vision that strengthened the position of the Jordanian state with strong and coherent relations that have not witnessed any tensions in the contrary, it has always reversed the stability of public policy. A vision that unanimously brings Jordanian society together, with all its intellectual and political diversity, It was and still is the way without creating any real enmities between Jordan and many countries. An insightful vision that Jordanians take pride in, day after day, with the leadership of the Jordanian people, living with the support of lesser and usually support His without looking behind , A strong vision and wisdom from which the Jordanian people derive their determination and hope for tomorrow.

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Soleimani assassination and new US disorder

[1/4/2020 10:20:07 AM]

AMMONNEWS - By Dr Majed Shami - less than 100 hours into the new year, for the world to hold its breath as president Trump gave the green light to assassinate the second popular man in Iran, general Qassem soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force in an air-strike near Baghdad International Airport, along with senior leaders of the Iraqi Shia militia. Never in the history of the USA a president came to power just to accomplish the dirty agenda of Israeli leaders, from the assassination of soleimani, to the declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, to recognizing the Golan Heights as part of Israel through a presidential proclamation signed on March 25, 2019. All of that was at the jeopardy of the national and international interest of America. Hence, to justify his action to the free citizens of the world and the American public as well, Trump rushed to falsify information that, many Americans were killed by general soleimani. Which is an announcement that is not accurate, unless they were members of ISIS, only then it can be true. Because, if it was not for general soleimani, ISIS would have had been in control of the whole middle east. Such thoughtless and uncalculated act shall open the doors for escalation and direct confrontation not only with Iran, but with all freedom fighters who can no longer digest the foreign policy of Trump administration. It is the first time that the cabinet of the white house pursue such a shameful action , as if it wants to imitate a policy of assassination long adopted by the Zionist leaders of Israel which cultivated the souls of many leaders of Palestine. If such an action will benefit the fair well-being of the national security of America, then it can be understood. On the contrary , such an action will by no doubt jeopardize the international security of America. It is an act that will definitly lead to an unpredictable reactive action not only from Iranian side, but it could come from Iraq, Yaman, Syria, lebanon, and Palestine. It is not clear whether Trump is seeking escalation with Iran, or a political gain for his reelection, or diverting attention from his probable impeachment. Regardless of the intention, the white house put a freez on people wishes for a happy new year 2020, taking the world into a year that might be full of chaos and uncertainty. A year that might resemble that year of 28th June 1914, the date of the assassination of the Austrian archduke, Franz Ferdinand, crown prince of Vienna, and his wife. This event was, however, simply the trigger behind the ignition of the first world war that began in August 1914. Hoping that my anticipation could go wrong.

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Book fair opens its doors to avid and alert FESA students

[12/28/2019 2:26:15 PM]

AMMONNEWS - By By Dr. Omar Al-HajEid - Fresh hopes and optimism surged in the Faculty of Educational Sciences and Arts (FESA), UNRWA as a three-day book fair was held at the Faculty earlier this week. The event was inaugurated by Dr. Ibtisam Abu Khalifeh, Acting Dean of FESA, who reiterated the need for such activities to improve students' reading competence in achieving the educational outcomes in accordance with the UNRWA framework for implementing quality education. The book fair also provides a unique opportunity for improving students' positive attitudes towards reading, self-study and critical thinking skills, added Dr. Abu Khalifeh. "The fair is a qualitative leap forward in education as it enhances skills of scientific research and students’ academic success. It also increases social interaction skills among students," pointed out Head of English language section, Dr. Ghada Abu Al-Einain. The book expo lured hundreds of book lovers and visitors who strove to quench their thirst for reading the many types of bilingual books on display. The exhibition included more than 3000 books. In a press release, the book fair organizer of the event, Dr. Abdalhadi Abu Jweid said: "The book show is an intellectual and cultural phenomenon reflecting the true vision of the Faculty," he noted. "Culturally speaking, the fair offered a widespread, varied and intensely rendered a repertoire of books. It also encourages teaching staff to write books and display them," said Dr. Husam Al-Momani, another staff member at FESA. Many students participated in the fair. "The event offered us an educational–cultural hub as it hosted different cultural activities such as storytelling, reading poetry in addition to delivering speeches,” said Abdullah Sabbah. Another volunteer student, Aya Nizar, added that the exhibition attracted book enthusiasts because of the affordable prices of books in addition to giving the opportunity to look at a wide range of books before purchasing their favorite ones. The exhibition opened its doors to visitors from 9am to 2 pm. with the support of 15 volunteer students. The fair provided a spacious hall for book exhibitors to display their books. The overwhelming majority of books were sold at between JD5 and JD1. A special corner was dedicated to low-priced books up to JD1. A visitor to the book show said she was delighted with the wide collection of books available at low prices. Actually, this intellectual vigor is a distinctive phenomenon enhancing a variety of facets of quality education in universities. It also maintains bridges of communication between educational institutions and publishing houses in an attempt to enhance scientific research.

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Teachers’ Strikes, An Opportunity To Prevent Jordan Becoming A Failed State

[10/10/2019 8:21:00 AM]

AMMONNEWS - By Madeleine Mezagopian- Jordan, a country with high rate of unemployment and poverty, is witnessing ongoing strike in one of its sector, however a crucial one. The teachers of the public schools, a sector with regression in performance and outcomes, resorted to strikes for almost a month with demands and still to improve their living standard if not having their basic necessities met through 50% increase in their salaries. Determined and perseverant representatives of the syndicate of teachers exhibit no compromise to what the government is able or want to cater teachers’ demands. Hitherto, the issue has been handled in isolation of the hardships encountered by the big majority of the public sector, not least with very timid and careful approach by the government. The government whose main argument of limited resources and tight budget did not involve a transparent approach in sharing the people with the records on revenues and expenditures shouldered by the government involving all the institutions e.g. the Judiciary, the Parliament, the Royal Court and the Greater Amman Municipality, inter alia. A candid and transparent discussion based on valid facts and statistics hardly featured the interaction between the two conflicting parties. Proper and constructive dialogue between relevant actors is almost absent which is not surprising in a society where the culture of peace, compromise and tolerance is alien on all levels. A discussion which entails rights and duties, performance and outcomes on behalf of the teachers to promote merit-based compensation is almost absent. The political orientation of the professional syndicates in Jordan continue to undermine the credibility and the intentions of the syndicates’ leadership including that of the teachers’ syndicate who failed to successfully lobby for and promote the interests of its members with the parliamentarians. Given the deteriorating performance of both the staff and of the students, and the poor outcomes of the public schools. A crucial sector like the teachers of public schools with all its components and socioeconomic and political repercussions should have been tackled with comprehensive and coordinated approach by all the concerned spearheaded by the government at the very start of the so called “The Arab Spring” in 2011. An issue highlighted by this author on August 8, 2011 through an article entitled “Reforms in the Arab World: A Genuine Endeavor?” where the need to rehabilitate the public education sector at large in the Arab World including Jordan is emphasized. The deteriorating situation is not detected only in the performance of the public education sector. It equally features the performance of the government at large and foremost of the parliament who had failed in successfully tackling teachers’ demands. An issue equally underscored by this author on September 9, 2018 in an article entitled “Jordan: A failed State?” with the following conclusion: “The current developments in Jordan clearly indicate the government with its two branches, executive and legislative authorities, failed in carrying out its functions which resulted in losing the support and confidence of important segments of its people… 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.” The above argument is still very much valid. In order to prevent Jordan becoming a failed state, an immediate and courageous revelation of facts and acknowledging failure by all the concerned parties is required. To be followed with the much needed legislations, policies and decisions that secure having the right person in the right place in all positions e.g. the parliament, the executive authority, the Royal Court, the professional syndicates, among others, who can deliver without any additional eligibility requirements except loyalty to Jordan and to its people. Let’s transform the teachers’ strike into an opportunity to peacefully rehabilitate all the sectors and prevent Jordan becoming a failed state.

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Arab Children and Arab Partnership and Solidarity, When?

[9/25/2019 9:43:36 AM]

AMMONNEWS - By Madeleine Mezagopian - While many if not majority of Jordanians spend their time lamenting, complaining and even protesting about current domestic and regional conditions. A much overlooked entity with very low profile continues with great determination serving humanity through not only attending to the health needs of the people with disabilities (PWD). They educate and empower them in an inclusive environment to become confident productive members of the society, Al Hussein Society Jordan/Center for Training and Inclusion (AHS). Scarcity if not lack of resources and absence of skilled human capital are often echoed by ambitious, well intentioned people who cannot deliver amid all the surrounding challenges. Within these same circumstances even with further challenges, AHS not only delivers but initiates, implements and aims at creating inclusive society on all levels. It continues to provide comprehensive upgraded rehab services reaching people with disabilities of all nationalities including refugees across the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. End of 2018 and year 2019, despite still five months to end, bears yet another testament to the colossal contribution of AHS in attending to the needs of the most vulnerable segments of the Arab nation residing in Jordan. AHS bid farewell to 2018 with an international conference “Community –Based Inclusive Development (CBID) in cooperation with the international development organization Christoffel-Blindenmissionian (CBM) which aimed, inter alia, at disseminating awareness on the significance of implementing community-based rehabilitation strategies in all the sectors of the society. AHS provided quality services to more than 2691 people with disabilities, in addition to capacity building of relevant staff and enriching the already existing centers with new programs. 251 out of 310 wheel chairs, donated by Latter-Day Saints (LDS), were distributed to beneficiaries and the efforts continued towards the establishment of the AHS Regional Training Center with the support of CBM. Year 2019 was welcomed with a follow up and future cooperation motivated visit to AHS by the Ambassador of Germany, key AHS partner, to Jordan. Workshops were organized dedicated to upgrading teachers’ skills and knowledge in relevance to protecting children from abuse and music as teaching strategy, inter alia, to be followed with Stanford-Binet Test-Fifth Image training of AHS staff. In March, with the usual generosity of their very few however committed partners, AHS, together with the German Action Medeor organization, organized a training program entitled “Early Intervention and treatment approach for children with HCSB and other neurologic impairment’ which aims at capacity building of the physiotherapists and occupational therapists of the Society staff thus enhancing the status of the Society as an accredited training center for rehabilitation sciences programs. The children of the Society had also their share, however an entertaining one, through attending and interacting with an Irish musical band who performed at AHS with the support of the Irish Embassy in Jordan. In April, motivated by the need to provide its children and adults not only with their basic needs, but to feed them with the latest knowledge. In cooperation with the Rotary Club Amman-Jerash, AHS hosted one of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program with the theme “Towards Inclusive Society.” It involved many activities including workshops on artificial intelligence and emotional intelligence of the children, inclusion sport activities when Lieutenant Rula Al Amro introduced her initiative “Sport For All” which enhances inclusion through games and sports. The limit of AHS’ generosity and care is indeed the sky. The spring of 2019 was celebrated with a gift to the Jordanian society at large by AHS through organizing a free medical day of awareness, Rehabilitation Services Day entitled “Joy of Unconditional Giving,” when the staff evaluated the needs of PWD and elderly for different rehabilitation programs. Again the presence of partners was detected through exhibiting the devices sponsored by Action Medeor, while CBM International continued supporting the enhancement of AHS staff through a training program by technology expert coach Pantelis Makris. Proud parents, staff, board members, international and local private partners, hardly any representative of relevant governmental entities, with no media presence, AHS graduated its empowered children during most joyful graduation celebration with the theme “The Joy in Learning.” Last but surely not least, AHS went further from practice towards theory through initiating and eventually signing on June 21 a cooperation agreement with the Hashemite University in relevance to Vocational Diploma in Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR). Further, the joy of summer was well invested through inclusive summer camp of diverse activities. Aside of the local partners who receive services from more than deliver services to AHS e.g. the Hashemite University and the University of Jordan where 156 and 30 physiotherapy and occupational therapy students respectively received clinical training, in addition to the existing cooperation with Corporate Social Responsibility UAE and with Arcenciel in Lebanon. The sustainability of AHS is dependent on its non-Arab international partners, mentioned above, in addition to others e.g. UPP, OCHA, USAID, HELP, CLASP, Orange. In the light of the above mentioned, yes we must celebrate and welcome international cooperation and solidarity. But shouldn’t Arab solidarity and partnership prioritize such cooperation? Shouldn’t Arab children be first and foremost the concern of Arabs, individuals and organizations?

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Small businesses and Jordan economic growth.

[8/15/2019 6:46:35 AM]

AMMONNEWS - By Ph.D Hussein Albanna - Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are considered as one of the most effective economic growth driver. At the global level, it is good to know, for example, that 97% of the businesses in UK are SMEs, also, it is a fact that the SMEs work as the base of innovation in USA. World wide, SMEs are the biggest jobs creator. Jordan, with 9 millions of population, may considered relatively as a "small market", which means big diffeculty in getting the benefits of mass production and economies of scale, in this case, multi-national corporations (MNCs) favor exportation to like these markets, instead of investment. In case of Jordan, there is a great opportunity for foreign direct investment (FDI), specially in sectors like tourism, banking, education, and health care services. On the other side, as domestic SMEs, we have greater opportunity in success & growth if we invest more in quality enhancement, innovation, and meeting world standards, then, exportation will be ultimately the best chance. Government should work seriously to support local ventures and entrepreneurship, via spending more on funding startup's costs (with low interest rate loans), preparing feasibility studies, medical insurance, social security coverage, and taxation exemption. By that measures government will minimize the risk of failure and the cost of establishment. Since 1989, Jordan started its economic reform program with World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Inspite of privatization, market liberalization, and taxation restructuring, Jordan still suffering from stagflation, high unemployment rate, high public debt rate, and low GDP growth. Most of the reasons of that negative situation came from neighbouring countries instability and imported crude price burden. Small businesses require low margin of finance, at the same time they create many jobs and innovations. Risk of venture failure is the major inhibitor in front of entrepreneurs, government has the major role in this risk mitigation.

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