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Teachers Strike in Jordan

On 6 October 2019, the Jordanian government agreed to raise salaries of public school teachers from 35% to 60% beginning in 2020. After years of protest, Nasser Al Nawasrah, Deputy Head of the Jordanian Teachers Syndicate, announced the beginning of a mass teacher strike on the 8th of September 2019 and refused to call it off until the government guaranteed them higher salaries. Three days prior to the announcement, public school teachers from all over Jordan met at the capital, Amman, to demonstrate against their low salaries, which are approximately between 360 to 450 JDS a month. Public school teachers have been demanding a pay raise for years prior to the strike. In 2014, the government promised the syndicate, otherwise known as the Jordan Teacher’s Association (JTA) a 50% pay raise, but did not implement the policy, Teachers were also unsatisfied with previous compromises suggested by the government, such as Education Minister Walid Maani’s offer of a 50% raise with the condition of cutting benefits. The strike continued for a month; it involved the participation …

Peres Remembered

On September 27, 2016 Shimon Peres, who served as president of Israel, died after suffering a stroke. As news of his death became public he was remembered as dovish worker “for peace in the Middle East.” The New York Times stated that he set “an example for forward thinking” and “envisioned [the] morals…being lived here today in Israel.” The Washington Post even published in his obituary that he was an “Israeli patriot who believed in peace.” Associated Press praised Mr. Peres “as a visionary who committed his life to the elusive goal of lasting peace in the Middle East.” To add insult to injury, he even received a Nobel Peace Prize and was awarded  a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama for his supposed acts of “peacemaking.” Yet if we review his history I highly doubt the term “peacemaker” will cross our minds.

Jordan Lifts Moratorium on Capital Punishment

Some argue against the death penalty by claiming that courts can be wrong. It is possible that they make erronous rulings on crimes. Nonetheless, it is illogical to eliminate the basis of a law. Just because there could be a one percent chance of the detainee’s’ innocence does not make it legitimate to completely abandon the use of death penalty. It just means that the court should be more judicious in sentencing criminals to death. In order to assure this, Dr. Momani, Jordan’s Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications, announced that in many cases, implementation of the death penalty is delayed to allow for reconciliation between the opposing sides in premeditated murder cases. He also added that court verdicts on the death penalty are automatically appealed at the Court of Cassation, which has to uphold the verdict, stressing that the practice of execution is not a light matter. Once the Court of Cassation upholds a death sentence, the case is sent to the Cabinet for endorsement and a Royal Decree should be issued …