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The U.S. Is Being Hypocritical on Hostage Exchanges

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 03.30.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

Didn't the White House negotiate with the Taliban in Afghanistan in order to gain the release of Bowe Bergdahl -- an American soldier who was held by the Haqqani Network for close to five years?

Joint Responsibility for Freedom of Expression Worldwide

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.23.2015 | Media
Daoud Kuttab

The events of last week in France were truly tragic and required a major response. But now that the world has spoken in support of freedom of expression, we, the peoples of the world, must hold our own leaders to the same values and insist on having same rights in our countries.

Islamic Scholars Approve Visit to Jerusalem

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

A visit to Jerusalem by everyone and anyone that can is a small first step in the direction of showing solidarity with the city and its Palestinian Arab heroes.

Jordanian Officials Fail to Respond to Israeli Shooting of Amman Judge

Ali Younes | Posted 05.13.2014 | World
Ali Younes

Israeli soldiers shot and killed an unarmed Jordanian judge on Monday at the Allenby bridge crossing between Jordan and the West Bank after reportedly arguing with Israeli border guards on his way back to Amman from the West Bank.

Jordanian Lawmaker Accused of Being an American Spy for Seeking Political Reform, Transparency

Ali Younes | Posted 04.20.2014 | World
Ali Younes

Mustafa Hamarneh, who is a Georgetown educated political scientist and scholar and for 15 years led its center for strategic studies, is not shy about his goals and objectives when it comes to Jordan or his work in Parliament.

Blocking websites is a punishment for Jordanians

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 08.05.2013 | Media
Daoud Kuttab

Thirteen years ago I attended an international event in Amman where then minister of information Saleh Qallab spoke enthusiastically about Jordan's ne...

Will Jordan take a bold role in Jerusalem?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.16.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Whether the Jordanian government likes it or not, the Jordanian-Palestinian agreement and the mood of the people regarding Jerusalem require it to tak...

Leaders-less Jerusalemites looking to Fayyad

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.01.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Palestinian residents of Jerusalem have been frustrated for years as they are caught between Israel's unilateral decision to annex East Jerusalem and ...

Jordan: Birth Pains of Democratic Politics

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.25.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Reform will evolve over the coming months and years. The only question that remains to be answered is whether the country has the luxury of waiting until the political class grasps the basic lessons of democracy and parliamentary governments.

U.S. Troops Could Push Jordan Deeper Into Syria Conflict

Agence France Presse | Ahmad Khatib | Posted 06.18.2013 | World

Jordan is being dragged into Syria's conflict as more and more US troops head to Amman, analysts say, amid a warning by Syrian President Bashar al-Ass...

Between Rational and Strange: Jordanian Analysts Take on the King's Interview With The Atlantic

Ali Younes | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
Ali Younes

The Jordanian press went into shock and a frenzy of analysis that ranged from rational and sober takes on the story to the bizarre in order to discover the "hidden messages" the King used the interview to send to his friends and enemies alike.

Jordan's Waqf no Match for Israelis in Jerusalem

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.04.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The situation in Jerusalem and the most recent agreement notwithstanding, for an effective defence of Muslim and Christian sites in the holy city, there is need for more than declarations and agreements.

Language, Culture Can Have Dire Political Consequences for the King of Jordan

Ali Younes | Posted 05.26.2013 | World
Ali Younes

When the Atlantic published an article by Jeffrey Goldberg about his interview and impressions of King Abdullah of Jordan, Jordan was swept in a political storm that has yet to quiet down.

Is Obama Turning His Back on Peace in the Middle East?

Ali Younes | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
Ali Younes

On Tuesday President Barack Obama embarked on his least anticipated trip to the Middle East that will take him to Israel, the Palestinian territories ...

King Abdullah: Muslim Brotherhood Are 'Wolves In Sheep's Clothing"

The Atlantic | Jeffrey Goldberg | Posted 03.20.2013 | World

It is still, on occasion, good to be the king. It is not necessarily good to be the king of a Middle Eastern country that is bereft of oil; nor is ...

Netanyahu And King Abdullah Discuss Syria's Chemical Weapons

Reuters | Posted 02.25.2013 | World

JERUSALEM, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has secretly met Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman to discuss the risk of Syri...

Did Gaza Save Jordan?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.22.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The scaling down of the protests and the disappearance of the world media from the scene gave the government a badly needed reprieve to consider what has happened in these troublesome days.

Economics vs. Politics in Jordan

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.15.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Politics and economics are always intertwined. In Jordan, this was clearly the case when the government raised energy prices.

Jordan's Leadership Must Communicate

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 12.21.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Literacy rates are high in Jordan; so is the level of understanding complex issues. This means that the government must communicate regularly, fairly and honestly. Attempts to ignore the public or try to fool it will be quickly discovered.

Is Mideast Peace Around the Corner or Far Away?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.30.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The question seemed simple. A European official wanted to know if the peace was just around the corner, or far away.

Nonviolent and Community Action Produces Results in Mideast

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.17.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Injustice is recognized, clear attainable goals are identified, comprehensive plans are assembled, hard work is invested over a long period and the public is involved. All this is done without violence, with strong determination and active effort and follow up.

Why the Sudden Arab Interest in East Jerusalem?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.26.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Jerusalemite Palestinians and the general Palestinian and Jordanian public are curious about the reason behind this sudden interest and wish they could be included in the discussion, rather than learn about them in the media.

Small Step Towards Multiparty Rule in Jordan

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.12.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Jordanian government presented the draft elections law to Parliament. It is sure to garner much discussion before it is finally approved and published in the Official Gazette.

The King of Jordan and Palestine

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.23.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

"Ziara azima" (fabulous visit). This was the description Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave to the unexpected visit King Abdullah made to the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah.

In Jordan Reform and Loyalty Mixed With Sports

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 11.29.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

After weeks of debate and accusations that reflect differences based on national origins, Jordanian nationalism received a major boost recently from a...