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Michael Jansen: Bigger than expected
Amman sprawls over nine hills and surrounding desert. It is a city of white stone-clad villas and apartment blocks. Blue-tinted glass towers reach for the sky while skeletal yellow cranes stand over unfinished buildings. Late model and luxury cars drive from district to district with pauses for eight traffic circles. Jams slow progress day and night. Five star hotels have sprouted up everywhere, including many from top global
 
 
Shaadaab S. Bakht: Pakistan and Mexico gather moral pace
When in power the burden of ethical inviolability becomes heavier because they who bear the baton, and wish to wield it, cannot afford to step out of line with the values of governance such people are expected to protect. But the opposite often happens and will happen because authority, like a teenager’s fantasy, tends to generate a sense of harmful disregard for reason. And the fallout of that twisted development is political
   
Deborah Netburn — DNA: Privacy in jeopardy
Everyone’s DNA sequence is unique. But for those who wish to maintain their genetic privacy, it may not be unique enough. A new study argues that more than half of Americans could be identified by name if all you had to start with was a sample of their DNA and a few basic facts, such as where they live and how about how old they might be. It wouldn’t be simple, and it wouldn’t be cheap. But the fact that it has become doable
 
 
Birjees Hussain: When tech skips the aged
I find all these smartphones and technology amazing. When I was growing up in my teens and early 20s it was hard to keep in touch with friends and family. It was also harder to find friends or colleagues once we lost touch with them. Now saying that you have to write and post letters or even that you’re not sure how to find a friend or colleague is no longer a plausible excuse. Unless, of course, you are from of a different
   
Ann McFeatters: Living in a Trump-dominated world...
Donald Trump says the upcoming mid-term elections are a referendum on him – if Republicans keep control of both houses of Congress. After 2016, predicting what voters will do is not smart. But it looks as if Republicans will increase their hold on the Senate while control of the House is a toss-up. Despite new enthusiasm among Democratic voters, apparently a lot of men think the new Supreme Court justice was treated unfairly
 
 
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