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Let’s Preserve What Remains of Jordan Labor Standards- Ahmad Awad

Information is leaking from multiple sources that there is an official intention in Jordan to review labor legislation once again, specifically the Labor Law, with the aim of reducing the current labor standards. This is intended to reduce operating costs for businessmen and investors. In recent years, many amendments have been made to the Labor Law and the Social Security ...

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Do Student Protests Impact U.S. Policy Towards “Israel”?- Ahmed Awad

The escalating student protests in American universities cannot be ignored due to their potential repercussions on the future of U.S. policy, which has historically been marked by unwavering and long-standing support for “Israel.” This wave of student activity in major U.S. universities demands an end to what they term the Israeli genocide in Gaza and the occupation of Palestine, often ...

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Suspending UNRWA funding is collective punishment for Palestinians- Ahmad Awad

The decision by the United States and several other, mostly Western, donor countries to suspend financial assistance to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) will have far-reaching and likely devastating consequences for the civilian populations that rely on its services, particularly in the Gaza Strip. The aid cuts came in response to allegations ...

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Israeli Occupation Hinders Palestinian and Regional Development- Ahmad Awad

For over seven decades, the Israeli occupation has cast its long, dark shadow not only over occupied Palestine but also over other neighboring countries, especially Jordan. The consequences of this prolonged occupation run deep and are far-reaching, impacting the lives of millions of Palestinians and sowing the seeds of instability throughout the region and the world. One of the most ...

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Reducing the Petroleum Derivative Tax in Jordan- Ahmad Awad

The recent significant increases in the prices of petroleum derivatives in the local market continually bring us back to discuss their causes and implications for the overall national economy. Over the past two months, Jordan has witnessed extremely high petroleum derivative prices, which are among the highest, both in the region and globally. When accounting for income levels, we rank ...

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Ending Subsidy for Water Prices and Reviewing Economic Austerity Policies- Ahmad Awad

The recent decision by the Jordanian government to phase out subsidies for water prices comes within the context of ongoing economic austerity policies that have been implemented for approximately three and a half decades. These policies aim, in part, to end the subsidies for basic commodities, and instead to provide direct support to those most in need. This decision sheds ...

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Does Jordan really need a new agreement with the International Monetary Fund? – Ahmad Awad

Over the past three and a half decades, Jordan has entered into nine different agreements with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). With the recent government announcement that it is beginning negotiations for a new program, fundamental questions arise, namely: Has Jordan truly benefited from these repeated agreements with the IMF? Does Jordan really need another IMF agreement and program? Of ...

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Conflict Between Insurance Companies and the Jordanian Medical Association Threatens Jordanians’ Right to Health- Ahmad Awad

The ongoing conflict between Jordanian insurance companies and the Jordan Medical Association (JMA) sheds light on the gaps within Jordan’s healthcare system. This conflict extends beyond mere financial disputes between the parties; it embodies a broader systemic challenge that could jeopardize the right to health for hundreds of thousands of Jordanians. The fundamental principle of the right to health is ...

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Social Protection in Jordan: The Cornerstone of Economic Reform- Ahmad Awad

Enhancing a country’s social protection system is one of a state’s most crucial objectives, given its role as an important driver of social, economic, and political stability. Governments are evaluated based on their achievements in the realm of social protection. The concept of social protection varies across different schools of thought and economic ideologies and theories. It is, therefore, important ...

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What Lies Ahead After the Adoption of the Public-Private Partnership Law?-Ahmad Awad

The recent approval of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Law includes provisions that might pose both opportunities and challenges. However, it marks a potential turning point in Jordan’s economic and developmental landscape. Previous attempts, embodied in previous laws, aimed to expand the scope of partnership between the public and private sectors in various projects. However, the outcomes did not meet expectations. ...

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