Archive for the 'Analogue life' Category

Taj Mall opens: the (still dusty) crown of Jordan’s shopping?

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

   The opening of a major mall in Jordan in this post-financial-crisis era is certainly an event to watch. We live in very different times compared to, say, 2005, when we were awash in Gulf money and grand real estate dreams. Can developers and retailers pull off another mall in a market were people are [...]

Shopkeepers from hell: How Amman takes out the fun from shopping (and what this says about us)

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Shopping in Amman often can be an unhappy experience. In many shopping situations, one has to deal with one of the following traits (or a combination of them): unfriendliness, ignorance, rip-off, lack of empowerment, arrogance and sheer stupidity. Take, for example, the latest shopping incident my wife had to endure. Around a week ago she [...]

A universal logo for human rights: vote for your favorite now

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

A few months ago I was appointed as a jury member of an amazing global design competition. The aim: to create a universally accepted logo for human rights. Peace has its symbol. Religions have their symbols. Global non profits and corporations also have their all-present symbols. But universal human rights, which have become part of [...]

A nuclear Jordan? From outdated logic to inspiring possibilities

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

I will freely admit that I am an opponent of nuclear energy. For me this is a moral stance. But I know full well that the issue of nuclear energy can also be discussed on other levels, not just from a moral point of view. I am also not an energy expert. But there are [...]

Seriously GAM.. What on earth is going in King Faisal Street?

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Why does a promising urban rehabilitation project like the one GAM is doing come with so much agony, dirt, carelessness. This fiasco has been going on for too long. Every reasonable person knows that a major rehabilitation of a street will result in disruptions. But the way the construction work in Faisal Street has been [...]

“Jihadist” violence. Fascist violence. No difference.

Monday, April 18th, 2011

The Jordanian state, media and large part of public opinion are loudly condemning the violence that happened in Zarqa last Friday. Of course, many people are extra nervous because the people who demonstrated in Zarqa belong to an ultra-fundamentalist group. Some call them Salafists. Some call them Takfirists or Jihadists. Whatever. These are scary guys [...]

Who will be Jordan’s entrepreneur of the year?

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

I get contacted by PR agencies quite often to plug product launches and stuff like that for 360east, and I usually decline, unless its something that really interests me. So here is one of those We’ve all been engulfed in the news of political change that is sweeping the region this year. But you know [...]