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Although I am personally not sure what such a service would add as a lot of the resources on Jordan come from tourists and expats, but there’s now a Jordanian search engine called  “Search 4 Jordan”, and it actually enables the users to search for any word or “sentence” within jordanian page (articles, news, texts).

Also, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation has announced its annual Ibn Khaldoun essay contest about freedom in the Islamic Societies. This year’s theme addresses the relationship between free-market economic policies and freedom in the Islamic societies. The contest is open to university graduates, or students: undergraduate and graduate levels, who are or below 30 years
of age.

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  1. I didn’t like ‘search 4 jordan’, lets ignore the name of the search engine it’s full of google ads plus there is no search filed in the results page!
    and most importantly you can hardly find anything using this search engine, example:
    http://www.search4jordan.com/search.asp?q=andfaraway
    or
    http://www.search4jordan.com/search.asp?q=mahjoob

    The Ibn khaldoon contest is great, I really liked it, it’s something we need more of here in the middle east.

  2. Malak

    “This year’s theme addresses the relationship between free-market economic policies and freedom in the Islamic societies. ”

    That’s an easy essay to write, because it’s no more than a sentence.

    For free-market economic policies in the US to thrive, freedoms in the Arab world must be subverted. Freedoms mean scenarios like Turkey, Lebanon, Palestine, Iran, all produce nationalist regimes and movements that are too independent for the US and its security and economic objectives. For America’s interests to be preserved, Arabs despots are needed to do America’s dirty work to the determent of their own people, and in return they get American protection and approval. remember the congressional bill declaring the last Jordanian fraudulent elections “free and fair elections.” Do you think the US wants to see elections in places like Saudi Arabia that will produce a regime that will make sure no American military base will exist on Saudi soil. In return for the despots’ services to uncle sam, he closes an eye on the massive corruption and destruction of national wealth and the destruction of progress and freedoms. Fact is the more an Arab country falls under American hegemony, the more repressive and corrupt. the more it moves away, the less repressive and corrupt. and PLEEEEEZZZEE do not regurgitate US propaganda about axis of evil

    But I am surprised you will share with us a contest of an organization run by zionists such as William Sumner, card-carrying neo-con and a registered republican, the party of arab genocide.

    Some Jordanian bloggers are so persistent about shoving the US as judges and juries of our progress down our throat when the rivers of blood never stopped s and the support for despots never ceased. Why?

  3. zeid

    Hey ..
    am zeid the owner of search4jordan.com .. I’m very sorry u didn’t like the search engine.

    1- This was the best name to get .. that describes the site :)
    2- There is only 1 line of google ads .. other search engines have “Sponsord links” etc..
    3- about the search field on the results page yes you are right, we will add one soon.

    And MOST importantly about not finding sites.. that’s right because we still using a BETA database with about 3900 pages only … (Just government and socity sites) We still didn’t open the door for personal websites .. because we want to make sure that this search engine will be pure jordanian not mix.

    and finally I really thank you for your saying your opinions and i hope we will make it up for you soon .. and take ur comments seriously. :)

    BUT please we need some support .. How can we do something really good without any support?? .. That’s our problem!.

    Thanks again!

  4. Malak, bravo. I don’t agree with everything that you said, but your analysis is rpetty educated and polite. The USA is now experimenting with this so-called “Free Markets” concept after third-world countries have come to adopt the capitalist regime thanks to the World Bank’s recipes of bankrupt-and-conquer. Having a free market economy will only serve the interests of multinational corporations that will eventually be bought out with American dollars.

    A free market economy means that a country like Jordan, will stop relying on its cottage industry, SMEs and start-ups in order to satisfy the market’s needs. Because with less restriction, less taxes levied, more and more American products will flood our markets. People are generally happier, because well, now they have a Starbucks at each and every corner and they get to buy Cup-a-Noodles at cheaper prices. But, there’s a hidden effect to this that people do not realize, which is the quick disappearance of small establishments, especially in the manufacturing industry.

    But, there are some good aspects to a free market, which basically lies in granting more job opportunities especially in the services sector (because outsourcing overseas proves to be more financially feasible than relying on expensive American labor). So, I still do have my mixed views on the matter. But one thing is for certain: A free-market economy does not benefit a country as small as Jordan. It might do Turkey good (since Turkey is already an industrialized nation with a very faithful government).

    I understand that yes, American hegemony over our countries is definitely killing us. But if we just play our cards right, we could benefit from it. (I’m trying to say that now, Islam’s role is coming to an end for the Americans; they used them as a card to combat ex-USSR and to also put further pressure on us until we are so mind-numbed that we cannot realize what struck us. But slowly, that support is coming to a close. And now America wants to induce more liberalism and social freedom in countries like Jordan; that is really what we need right now. I mean c’mon, the Israelis are literally using the Americans – as opposed to what most Arabs believe, America controls Israel and not the other way around – I think that if we play our cards right, we could do the same. But of course, before that happens, we’ll need a strong line-up of faithful leaders…).

  5. gazal

    Daniel Grossman, the The vice-president of Atlas Economic Research Foundation hosting the annual Ibn Khaldoun essay contes said in his blog:

    “The field strength of Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, Taliban and the Baathists has been reduced to the level of banditry and local thuggery,”

    is this an academic speaking or a Zionist ideolog?

    http://www.dailyspeculations.com/wordpress/?cat=101

    Roba, please investigate the organizations you are promoting. it does not look too good when you promote something that stinks to high heavens.

  6. Zeid, you are in a huge competitive market, domains like search4jordan.com will not survive, I strongly advice you to park a new domain like http://www.search.jo or http://www.search.jor , it might cost a little bit more but it looks way more professional.

  7. zeid

    Nizar i really don’t think that search4jordan.com name is bad .. it describes the content of the site.. for example look at sites like: Jordan-explorer.com .. and many other famous sites in jordan with big domain name.

    Also to get .JO domain name you should be a registered company .. Also you have to pay hundreds of jds to first register and renewal..

    Thanks :)
    zeid

  8. sajid

    Atlas provides opportunities to locals who want to start free-market think tanks. There are many organizations that deal with foreign policy, and Atlas is not one. It’s a catalyst for free market efforts from all over the world, and has no involvement at all with foreign politics. You don’t have to be an Arab or an American in order to believe either in capitalism or socialism, infact, I know many Arabs who are pro-market and many Americans who are socialists. I myself happen to be a Jordanian and in the same time pro-market, why? Because from day 1, economics 101 at AUB taught me this is the right path for prosperity.

    Economic freedom needs liberty in order to progress. Property rights, the rule of law, and human rights are necessary components in any free market. The more a nation enjoys them, the more prosperous its citizens are.

    Atlas is in the business of giving opportunities to young entrepreneurs from all over the world, and empowering them to achieve their goals. People are welcome to present their views whether they agree or disagree.

  9. sajid

    Atlas provides opportunities to locals who want to start free-market think tanks. There are many organizations that deal with foreign policy, and Atlas is not one. It’s a catalyst for free market efforts from all over the world, and has no involvement at all with foreign politics. You don’t have to be an Arab or an American in order to believe either in capitalism or socialism, infact, I know many Arabs who are pro-market and many Americans who are socialists. I myself happen to be a Jordanian and in the same time pro-market, why? Because from day 1, economics 101 at the AUB taught me this is the right path for prosperity.

    Economic freedom needs liberty in order to progress. Property rights, the rule of law, and human rights are necessary components in any free market. The more a nation enjoys them, the more prosperous its citizens are.

    Atlas is in the business of giving opportunities to young entrepreneurs from all over the world, and empowering them to achieve their goals. People are welcome to present their views whether they agree or disagree.

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