Jordan’s need to diversify options, freedom will save Kenya, not being ostriches, National Payments Platform could change banking, demolition of a wall of silence in 2017

The Jordan Times / Amman, Jordan

JORDAN’S NEED TO DIVERSIFY OPTIONS

“In recent weeks, there has been much commentary in Jordan on the importance of taking a new approach to Jordan’s bilateral relations,” writes Amer Al Sabaileh. “Strategically, it is imperative that Jordan continues to diversify its options, but this must be done with a clear plan and idea rather than clichés and propaganda. Global political dynamics have shifted, particularly with respect to the Middle East. From the Syrian crisis to the first dual Chinese and Russian UN Security Council veto in 2012, the ground has been shifting beneath us for a few years now…. We cannot follow populism, short-termism or the easiest path to our next aid donation. By the same token we cannot follow calls to build relations to Iran in response to US policy as there is no clear path to a better outcome for Jordan.”

The East African / Nairobi, Kenya

FREEDOM WILL SAVE KENYA, NOT BEING OSTRICHES

“Another year is over,” writes Muthoni Wanyeki. “The trajectory for Kenya and its neighbours is not good…. Let it never be said that there’s a dearth of hand-wringing and calls for dialogue on our ‘inter-communal tensions’ while ignoring the elephant in the room. We are ostriches: We blame the state of the economy on the elections. Yet our debt level is crazy…. Being good ostriches won’t save us. But freedom, integrity in public office, constitutionalism and rule of law will.” 

The Sydney Morning Herald / Sydney, Australia

NATIONAL PAYMENTS PLATFORM COULD CHANGE BANKING

“It’s one of the most important pieces of public infrastructure so far this century, but most people haven’t heard of it,” writes Caitlin Fitzsimmons. “It’s called the National Payments Platform … and, after several years in the making, it’s finally going live soon after Australia Day. When it does, you’ll be able to make ‘real-time’ electronic payments to other Australian bank accounts – meaning the funds…

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