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Migrant Domestic Workers in Jordan: Where There's a Will, There's a Way

Posted October 12, 2011 | 22:40:12 (EST)

The fate of millions of migrant workers in the Middle East has been all but forgotten amid the Arab Spring. Migrant domestic workers, the nannies and housekeepers from Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Indonesia, desperately need another revolution.

These women provide valuable domestic services that are in high demand....

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In Jordan, a Quick Move for Reform -- Or Is It?

Posted February 2, 2011 | 18:43:24 (EST)

King Abdullah's quick decision to change the prime ministerial guard, firing Prime Minister Samir al-Rifai on February 1 and replacing him with Marouf al-Bakhit, Jordan's prime minister from 2005 to 2007, comes as a surprise. When I was in Jordan the week before, Abdullah and al-Rifai reacted to peaceful and...

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Saudi Reforms Five Years On: Looser Rein, Slight Gain

Posted July 1, 2010 | 13:22:40 (EST)

August marks Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud's fifth year as king of Saudi Arabia, a good moment to assess reforms in the area of human rights. Saudis are somewhat freer today, and many credit the king. Saudi writers have won regional awards this year, and the diversity of Saudi...

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