I am happy to host a blog written by Mrs. Abeer Qumsieh who is a Human Developer from Better Business Jordan, and who works closely with our UKTI Jordan team. Should I accept the fact that my community encapsulated me or should I accept the fact that I am a woman. I wake up every morning with limitations surrounding me from head to toe. I juggle between my roles, am … Guest Blog: “Number Two” by Abeer Qumsieh
Winston Churchill once said that: “democracy is the worst form of government – except for all the others that have been tried.” His cynicism was perhaps justified after the British people voted him out from his position as Prime Minister within months of winning the Second World War. Whether it is the worst form of government or not, there is little doubt that the alternatives are worse. Suppressing people’s views … The Worst Form of Government
Jordanians are proud of their national dish. And rightly so: this tasty dish of rice, lamb and jameed (a kind of yoghurt) is a symbol of Jordanian tradition and an essential part of major occasions. Mansaf is also a regular part of the visits that diplomats make to parts of the country. And of course, we have to eat it by hand, not with a spoon and fork. So I … The Wrong Mansaf
“If we don’t die from bombardment or snipers we will die of hunger or cold.” So said a young man in Homs to the BBC last week. Over 2,000 Syrians have been holed up in the centre of Homs for 600 days. Using “starve or surrender” tactics, the Syrian regime is preventing food, water and medicine from reaching the city’s citizens. The people have resorted to trying to eat grass … Geneva II: What Next?
Cleanliness is close to Godliness. Godliness is probably little more than a distant aspiration for most of us. But cleanliness is easy, on a personal level and in our communities. Keeping our neighbourhoods clean is good for everyone. It is good for our souls because it increases our feeling of dignity. It is good for our bodies because dirt is a threat to our health. And it is good for … Cleaning up the Country
The New Year saw the usual spate of cartoons about the departure of the old year and the arrival of 2014. For Jordan, the New Year brought the start of the country’s two-year stint on the United Nations Security Council. This role brings major new responsibilities. But what does it mean in practice? What can Jordanians expect to see as their country grapples with the biggest security issues the modern … Jordan on the Security Council
Nelson Mandela once said: Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” An inspirational phrase. But how can people use this weapon? And what is the battle they are fighting? The enemy is unemployment. The way for the foot soldiers leaving education to sharpen their swords and be prepared for battle is through innovation, critical thinking and creativity. Otherwise they will be no more than … The weapon of education
What does the star of a “posh soap” have to do with a refugee camp in Jordan? A lot. Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary in the popular British drama series Downton Abbey visited Za’atri last month. In the show she plays an aloof and disdainful aristocrat; in reality she is extremely sensitive and anxious to help relieve the suffering of the refugees. Michelle will now front up the Christmas … Downton Abbey Comes to Za’atri
Laws are good. They help to prevent murder, theft and violence. But sometimes they suffocate, stifle and smother growth. In these cases, governments need to get out of the way of business. The private sector is the main driver of economic growth. Jobs that are productive, encourage innovation and unleash creativity will only be generated by business, not by governments. The role of government is to enhance a country’s competiveness … Cut the Red Tape!
At an exhibition in Jerusalem recently I saw a display of amusing but thought-provoking objects. One was a simple box of safety matches, the kind that you can flip open. The only difference was that the heads of the matches were shaped like the domes, spires and minarets of Jerusalem. The message was clear: this city is flammable. If it is not handled with care, if the rights and sensitivities … Jerusalem: Handle with Care