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Jordanian King arrives in Bahrain

21 December 2014 Sunday

King Abdullah II of Jordan on Saturday arrived in the Bahraini capital Manama for talks with the Gulf state’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

King Abdullah’s visit to Bahrain comes only one week after he paid a visit to Saudi Arabia where he met with King Abdullah bin Abdel-Aziz.

At Bahrain International Airport, the Jordanian King was received by King Al Khalifa, the official Bahraini news agency said.

It added that the two leaders held “cordial talks” later about cooperation between their respective states.

Earlier in the day, Jordan’s official news agency said the King would head to Bahrain for talks with King Hamad on means of bolstering bilateral ties.

The Jordanian King’s visit to Saudi Arabia last week came only three days after Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi paid a visit to Amman and held talks with King Abdullah II.

Talks between the Egyptian President and the Jordanian monarch reportedly focused on the Middle East peace process and the situation in both Syria and Iraq.

Source: World Bulletin.


Jordan’s king pushes to expand military, intelligence authority

Osama Al Sharif

August 25, 2014

On Aug. 14, the Jordanian government announced that it would ask parliament to approve two constitutional amendments giving the king sole authority to appoint the head of the armed forces and director of the kingdom’s General Intelligence Department (GID). Almost three years ago, in October 2011, in response to public protests calling for political reforms, King Abdullah II had approved a number of constitutional amendments that curtailed some of his powers and allowed for the creation of a Constitutional Court and an Independent Elections Commission.

These reforms were hailed as a major step toward full constitutional monarchy. Jordan’s version of the Arab Spring was largely peaceful and bloodless, and Abdullah was able to project himself as a champion of political reforms that would lead, according to statements made in June 2011, to the formation of parliamentary governments. That promise remains to be fulfilled.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic Action Front (IAF) boycotted the 2013 legislative elections, and other political parties performed poorly, failing to fill the vacuum. Weak and unpopular, the parties’ presence in the current Lower House, comprised mostly of independents, is modest. The government of Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, appointed by Abdullah in October 2012, was supposed to include elected deputies as a precursor to the formation of parliamentary governments. To date, however, Ensour has failed to fulfill that pledge, probably due to royal objections.

It is clear that Abdullah instructed Ensour to handle the two constitutional amendments. Under the current constitution, the government recommends the appointees for head of the armed forces and GID director, and the king approves them through royal decree. The king had asked the prime minister on Aug. 12 to “activate” the Ministry of Defense, whose portfolio has been handled directly by the prime minister for decades. In effect, the portfolio will now be managed by a civilian or a retired army officer. The king said the new ministry will handle “political, economic, legal and logistical duties related to national defense … and nonmilitary services … while allowing the armed forces to dedicate its time to professional military duties.”

The government is rushing the two amendments through parliament, which has been convened in an extraordinary session. The timing and reasons for the amendments, described by Ensour as important reforms that will enhance Jordan’s democratic process, were not made clear. Pundits rushed to explain the surprise move. Clearly Abdullah is looking to expand his authority, making sure that the decision to appoint and fire the heads of two very sensitive institutions remains his alone.

Critics of the move did not waste time making their points. In general, they saw the move as a violation of the constitution and a derogation of the general mandate of the government. A number of retired army officers issued a statement denouncing the action, describing it as “an attack on the constitution and a challenge to the will of the people, who are the source of all authorities.”

Mohammad al-Hammouri, a respected constitutional expert and former justice minister, wrote on Aug. 19, “Giving the king exclusive powers to appoint the heads of the armed forces and GID constitutes an abrogation of the parliamentary system and a coup against the constitution, effectively turning Jordan from a constitutional monarchy to a presidential monarchy.”

He added that the Jordanian system of government is based on the principle of separation of powers, with the people being the source of authority. He added that the only exclusive power that the king has is to prevent amendment of the constitution, while the authority to run the state’s domestic and foreign affairs is tied directly to the Council of Ministers.

Omar al-Atout, a lawyer, published an article on Aug. 14 accusing the government of “committing the crime of undermining the regime.” He wrote that the amendments aim at “implicating the monarchy by making the king directly responsible for any mistakes committed by the security institutions … and by demoting the king from being a judge over all branches of government to a mere player.” He accused “frivolous boys” at the royal court of standing behind such ideas while reminding the prime minister that the first article in the constitution defines Jordan’s system of government as a parliamentary monarchy.

Despite such strong legal objections, it is clear that the royal court is seeking to secure strategic objectives in pushing the amendments. Mohammad Abu Rumman, a political commentator, provided one possible explanation when he wrote in the daily Al-Ghad on Aug. 14 that the royal move aims at “redefining the role of the monarchy in Jordan” and that the king is pushing toward the formation of parliamentary governments “but not until he secures some guarantees … by withdrawing sovereign key decisions from governments and placing them in his hands to protect the country’s security and to prevent key positions from being influenced by political wrangling.” He also said that the suggested amendments will “clash head on with the philosophy of the system of governance and the spirit of the constitution, where the king enjoys full immunity from direct responsibility.”

Abu Rumman’s explanation echoes that of others who believe the king is about to engage Jordanians in a new political experiment through parliamentary government. The legislature is yet to pass a new political parties’ law, and the government has promised to make substantial changes to the controversial election law next year.

Despite vocal opposition from a number of deputies, the lower house of parliament is likely to approve the two amendments in a special session as early as this week. Deputy Tamer Bino told Al-Monitor the amendments “affect the identity of the political system in Jordan,” reminding colleagues that former GID directors had been convicted of corruption in the past and sentenced to jail. He said, “If this happens again, then who will bear the final responsibility?”

Minister of Political Affairs Khaled al-Kalaldeh told Al-Monitor that both the chief of the General Staff of the armed forces and GID director will be under the oversight of both the executive and legislative branches, regardless of the proposed amendments. Deputy Jamil al-Nimri said that the amendments were “unnecessary and based on unrealistic fears,” arguing, “The general mandate of the government could have been saved by maintaining the current system of appointment.” He told Al-Monitor that Jordan should get ready for full parliamentary government and even party-led governments in the future.

It is clear that the controversial amendments will be approved and that the king’s powers will be increased in contrast to the reformist course adopted during the height of the Arab Spring. Apologists say this will pave the way for the creation of full parliamentary governments in the near future, but how this will affect the evolution of Jordan’s monarchy remains an open question.

Source: al-Monitor.


Islamists and the Jordanian King at Loggerheads Over Elections

by Adam Nicky

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Muslim Brotherhood set to boycott parliamentary elections

With just three days left ahead of Jordanian parliamentary elections, King Abdullah and representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party the Islamic Action Front (IAC), who are boycotting the election, are on a collision course ahead of the vote.

After failing to attract the Islamist movement to run in the polls, which he promotes as fruit of the Arab Spring, King Abdullah this week appeared to have given up on the IAC. The pro-Western monarch accused them of seeking to establish a “religious dictatorship” and said he didn’t trust the Islamists.

“I am not worried about the Islamists winning in the elections. I am worried about pluralism and an exchange of power” that might result from such a victory, Abdullah said in a January 13 interview with the French magazine L’Observoire. He also expressed concern about how much change such a victory would bring to the country.

Meanwhile, the state-controlled media has been leading a smear campaign against the Islamist movement ahead of the polls.

Jordanian officials point out that the January 23 elections will lead to the creation of the country’s first parliamentary government. The king would name a prime minister to form a government that includes members of parliament, and retain the right to name and dismiss the prime minister.

Jordan elects its parliament every four years to choose 150 MPs in the lower house, while the king appoints the upper house with 50 senators forming the legislative authority. It remains unclear how many MPs would join the new government, but lists of candidates show former officials and businessmen leading the race in the absence of powerful opposition.

Wary of the possible negative effects of an Arab Spring in Jordan, Abdullah’s spokesmen argue that gradual reforms are safer in a country surrounded by major powers struggling for Mideast interests.

“The region is facing an uncertain future. We don’t know where Syria is heading and countries that saw change in the Arab Spring are suffering,” a senior government official told the Media Line.

“The king is determined to go ahead with his vision of reform. He has said that his son will not inherit the monarchy as he did,” the official added, referring to opposition demands that the king relinquish his constitutional powers that allow him to form governments.

Over the past two years, Abdullah endorsed amendments to the constitution, including that the king can sack the parliament only once in four years and the government must resign after parliamentary elections, and he established an independent electoral committee that promised fair and free elections.

The opposition accuses the king of procrastinating and exploiting the Syrian storm to block fundamental change.

It wants quick reforms including trimming the king’s powers, separation between authorities to shield judicial authority and the parliament from government interference, and a fair elections law.

“The so-called concessions, including the constitutional court, etc….[are] like a camel that gave birth to a mouse. We expected too much and got so little,” Kathem Ayash, a member of Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood Shura Council, the highest governing body of the group, told The Media Line.

“This is an arrogant attitude. The state says we give you this little and we have to be happy for it. We will not take part in this political process,” he added.

The Islamist movement said this week it plans to organize a major rally in downtown Amman against the elections, but vowed not to hold protests on election day, a sign it might not be acting as strongly as expected.

The highly publicized polls are expected to do little to defuse tension between maneuvering authorities and stubborn opposition, said political analyst and researcher Mohammed Imran.

“Jordan will remain in the same place as two years ago, when the Arab Spring started. The kingdom is headed to the unknown in such a situation,” argues Imran.

Islamist movement opponents say the group’s bark is bigger than its bite, accusing Shura Council President Abdul Latif Arabiyat, IAF party leader Hamza Mansour and other senior Islamists of failing to live up to their status as the biggest opposition party in the kingdom.

“Street protestations look more like a formality than a genuine expression of anger by the public. The Islamist movement has been treading so carefully that they are becoming powerless,” said Rami Rafeeq, a leader from the Jordan professional association.

Other opposition groups including some leftist parties have insignificant support.

Besides the planned election boycott, the Muslim Brotherhood has been enduring its own internal strife. Some party leaders say it supports peacefully achieving political rights and recently some said they are not seeking to overthrow the regime.

A melting pot for immigrants from around the region, Jordan has survived the bloody ripples of the Arab Spring that have occurred in other Arab countries.

King Abdullah takes his authority and powers from a general belief among the seven million inhabitants that the royal family is the safest option for a country built by refugees from what is today Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Armenia, Chechnya and elsewhere seeking safety.

However, young opposition activists from Jordan University’s student council say they want better than their parents had, insisting the king must face the inevitable and change.

Copyright © 2013 The Media Line. All Rights Reserved.

Jordan Prince Scorned For Participating In Jewish Event

by Adam Nicky

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Anti-normalization groups up in arms over British fundraiser

AMMAN: Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan found himself in hot water this week after his participation in a Jewish charity event in the UK last month was exposed in local media.

Hassan, the uncle of King Abdullah II, was in headlines for the wrong reasons after he addressed a fundraising event on November 21 for the Board of Deputies of British Jews, which Israeli figures also attended. The prince was pictured alongside the organization’s president, Vivian Wineman, and treasurer, Laurence Brass.

In a country where anti-Israeli sentiment runs high and most of the 7.5 million citizens are Palestinians, the move was viewed as a flagrant disregard for public sensitivities. What added insult to injury is the fact that the event was held less than a week after the end of hostilities between Israeli and Hamas in the Gaza Strip which claimed civilian lives on both sides.

In his speech, Hassan insisted that the Jordanian monarchy will remain in power despite the recent large demonstrations against recent price hikes that have rocked the nation.

“We are not in it for prestige,” Prince Hassan told the British guests. “I genuinely feel we are there for the sake of human dignity.”

King Abdullah was originally scheduled to attend the event, but cancelled without giving a reason.

Anti-Israel activists have called on the royal family to distance itself from the prince’s action. The National Anti-Normalization Committee, which lobbies against normal relations with Israel, blasted Hassan.

“We condemn Prince Hassan’s participation as it represents free service to the Zionist enemy and harms national causes as well as the prince himself and the royal family,” read the organization’s statement.

“This is a provocation of the feelings of all Jordanians,” added the statement, which was overlooked by most pro-government media.

It is rare for the organization to criticize a member of the royal family.

At least one editor at a major Arabic-language daily confirmed to The Media Line that it received instructions from security authorities to ignore the statement about the prince due to what he said was “sensitive times.”

Activist Dr. Anis Khasawneh vilified the prince and called for an apology.

“What I find astonishing is that the prince challenges the feelings of Jordanians by collecting donations for Israel. Why does he act in such an arrogant manner?” he asked.

Khasawneh said Hassan was poised to become leader of Jordan in the past and ended up helping the enemies of the entire Arab nation.

Government sources played down the significance of Hassan’s involvement in the event and tried to defend the prince’s action, insisting that his participation was designed to lobby for the resumption of peace talks and put pressure on Israel to commit to its political obligation, as part of a dialogue between religions.

The official, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter, said the prince left the meeting before Israeli officials took to the podium to address the audience, and had only “scorning words for Israel’s actions in the peace process.”

Although Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994, dealing with Israeli officials remains a social and political taboo, with several lobby groups campaigning against improving ties between the two countries.

At least two major labor organizations also object to normalization with Israel. Opposition parties, including the Islamist movement, draw support from Jordanians who are against the peace treaty with Israel.

Hamzah Mansour, president of the National Anti-Normalization Committee and secretary general of the Islamic Action Front, expressed his disappointment over the prince’s actions.

“I urge all Jordanians – the honorable ones – to end dealing with this enemy. The Israelis have no interest in talking. They only understand the language of the sword,” he said in response to diplomatic ties between Jordan and Israel.

“We must scrap the peace treaty because Israel has no interest in making peace,” he told The Media Line.

Meanwhile, the National Anti-Normalization Committee has accused brokers of doing business with Israeli firms that buy Jordanian products and sell them under Israeli labels. Figures from the Jordanian Department of Statistics show that exports to Israel during the first eight months of 2012 stood at some $48 million, a drop from $54 million in 2011. Imports increased from $65 million to $69 million during the same period.

In Amman’s bustling central fruit and vegetable market, farmers and brokers had mixed views about dealing with Israel. Some said they would rather throw their produce into the garbage than sell it to Israelis. Others believe they have no choice due to limited markets.

Abu Emad, a 56-year-old broker, said he sells to whoever pays the most in his auction.

“The government did not find us new markets. The Syrian crisis was a disaster for us. Now we have to sell to anyone,” he said, before starting an auction of newly-arrived olives.

“The prince did what he had to do. He’s a politician and Jordan cannot survive if officials do not talk to all kinds of people, including Jews,” he concluded.

Copyright © 2012 The Media Line. All Rights Reserved.

King of Jordan Halts Fuel Price Increase

Written by Adam Nicky
Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Experts don’t see alternative fuel resources in the near future

AMMAN- King Abdullah II of Jordan has stepped in to stop the government from imposing an increase on gasoline prices, a move apparently aimed at easing growing public discontent over the government’s economic policy.

The king, who wields absolute power in accordance with the constitution, reacted one day after a 10 percent rise in fuel prices had been announced as part of a series of measures intended to trim the budget deficit and generate badly needed funds. The royal decree by the monarch, known for his pro-Western outlook, seemingly did the trick, absorbing at least some of the anger at the government’s fiscal policies visibly spreading among the poor and, according to some observers, even threatening the country’s stability.

When the price increase was announced, the government had explained the move as necessary to mitigate the impact on the budget. Following the cancellation of the fuel price hike, the king did not say what, if any, measures would be taken to compensate the treasury for the loss of funding the gas hike would have provided.

The move by Abdullah on Sunday came only hours after dozens of angry Members of Parliament vilified conservative Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh for raising fuel prices without consulting legislators. A motion of no confidence calling for Tarawneh’s dismissal was rejected on constitutional grounds.

Upon word of the intended increase in the cost of gas, economists had accused the government of turning a blind eye to the concerns of the country’s industrial sector which feared it would be harmed by a continued increase in production costs. Abdel Razaq Tabour, a member of the Zarqa Chamber of Industry, said the government took the decision without consulting the business sector and expressed concern over the future of laborers in the industrial sector.

“Industries have been suffering for the past years due to limited markets and high competition. With this frequent change in fuel prices, I am not sure how long we can continue,” Tabour told The Media Line. He said thousands of workers could lose their jobs and warned about growing social unrest in poverty stricken areas where unemployment is believed to be more than 15 per cent. Earlier Sunday, the streets of west Amman turned yellow after hundreds of taxi drivers staged a strike in busy parts of the capital to protest against the fuel increase.

“They are robbing us in broad daylight,” shouted one cab taxi driver referring to government reliance on taxation as a response to the shortage of cash. “Tomorrow, the prime minister will be fired after he puts in place the new increase. They are playing musical chairs games with us. One prime minister comes to increase prices, and another replaces him to absorb anger of the public,” said Zaidoun Abul Haq, an activist from the taxi drivers union.

Jordan is one of the poorest countries in the region in terms of oil and energy resources, with most of its needs imported from neighboring countries. Saudi Arabia supplies most of the country’s fuel needs at a comparably lower price – with discounts as large as 20% according to economists — compared to the international market, while Egypt pumps gas from the Sinai desert.

Officials have been concerned that the cash-strapped kingdom of Jordan remains hostage to its political relationships with its larger neighbors, preventing it from finding energy from local resources while the government is accused of overpricing necessities such as fuel.

But despite the kingdom’s discounted gas prices, experts and economists still accuse the government of overcharging citizens when compared to what other nations pay. A senior official from Royal Jordanian Airlines says the company buys airplane fuel in more than 60 cities around the world, and of those, prices in Jordan rank highest. Speaking to The Media Line on the condition of anonymity, the source said he expects the national flag-carrier will continue to suffer in a highly competitive market. Just recently, the company was forced to shut down some of its operations to Europe and Asia due to its mounting losses.

The kingdom is currently looking into alternatives to conventional fuel for generating electricity, including atomic energy and extracting shale oil extraction. A multi-billion dollar project to build the first nuclear facility is under discussion, but the ambitious program has not yet been approved and under any circumstances is not expected to be functional for many years.

Efforts to tap into vast reserves of shale oil, however, began earlier this year, but experts believe it will produce enough to satisfy the country’s rising demands any time soon.

In the meantime, experts say the government will be struggling to meet the strict conditions of the International Monitory Fund to keep its books balanced as it looks toward borrowing more money in order to solve its urgent financial needs.

Copyright © 2012 The Media Line. All Rights Reserved.

الملك يؤكد استعداد الأردن لدعم استقرار ليبيا


خبرني- شارك جلالة الملك عبدالله الثاني إلى جانب عدد من قادة دول العالم في مؤتمر دولي لإعادة إعمار ليبيا (دعم ليبيا الجديدة ) عقد في قصر الاليزيه بالعاصمة الفرنسية باريس مساء الخميس.

وأكد جلالته خلال مشاركته في المؤتمر دعم الأردن للشعب الليبي الشقيق في تحقيق تطلعاته وآماله بمستقبل أفضل ومساندته في مواجهة التحديات والبدء في بناء مؤسسات الدولة الحديثة.

ودعا جلالته المجتمع الدولي إلى تقديم الدعم الكامل للشعب الليبي لرسم مستقبله الديمقراطي والسياسي بنفسه استنادا إلى عملية سياسية شاملة يسودها التسامح والمصالحة والعدالة وسيادة القانون بقيادة المجلس الوطني الانتقالي، ترسيخا لوحدة الشعب الليبي وبما يضمن له سيادته وسلامة أراضيه ويمكنه من استعادة الأمن وتحقيق التنمية بشكل عاجل.

وأكد جلالته خلال المؤتمر، الذي حضره وزير الخارجية ناصر جودة، حرص الأردن على دعم جهود المجلس الوطني الانتقالي لإعادة إعمار ليبيا على أساس راسخ من الانفتاح والديمقراطية والعدالة.

كما أكد جلالته استعداد الأردن للمساهمة في جهود تحقيق الاستقرار وإعادة بناء ليبيا بما في ذلك توفير التدريب الشرطي والعسكري وبناء القدرات في المجالات التعليمية والقضائية والطبية والإنشائية.

وعبر جلالته عن تأييد الأردن للإفراج عن الأرصدة الليببية المجمدة وتأمينها إلى المجلس الانتقالي بما يمكنه من إعادة البناء وتحقيق الأهداف التنموية لليبيا.

وشدد جلالته على أهمية تنسيق مختلف الجهود في المرحلة القادمة الحرجة التي تشهدها ليبيا، لافتا إلى ضرورة أن تنهض الأمم المتحدة بدور قيادي في هذا السياق بالتنسيق مع الدول والمنظمات الإقليمية.

وأشار جلالته إلى أن الأردن كان من أوائل الدول التي أعلنت عن دعمها الكامل للشعب الليبي وحمايته والمساهمة بفاعلية في تقديم المعونة الإنسانية والطبية له وتقديم الدعم اللوجستي في الإطار التنسيقي الهادف إلى تنفيذ قرار مجلس الأمن الدولي رقم 1973، مؤكدا جلالته استعداد الأردن لإرسال مستشفى ميداني إلى ليبيا.

وكانت المملكة اعترفت خلال شهر أيار الماضي بالمجلس الوطني الانتقالي ممثلا للشعب الليبي، وعينت مبعوثا دائما في مدينة بنغازي لتعزيز التنسيق مع المجلس. كما كانت في طليعة الدول التي دانت بشدة استهداف أبناء الشعب الليبي الشقيق، وطالبت بوقف إراقة دماء أبنائه. وأرسل الأردن في شهر نيسان الماضي إلى بنغازي مساعدات طبية وإنسانية. كما استقبلت المستشفيات الأردنية نحو 200 مصاب ليبي منذ اندلاع الأزمة.

وشارك في مؤتمر باريس رئيس المجلس الوطني الانتقالي مصطفى عبد الجليل و رئيس المجلس التنفيذي الليبي محمود جبريل ، والأمين العام للأمم المتحدة بان كي مون برئاسة الرئيس الفرنسي نيكولا ساركوزي ورئيس الوزراء البريطاني ديفيد كاميرون.
ومن قادة الدول وكبار المسؤولين المشاركين في المؤتمر جلالة الملك حمد بن عيسى آل خليفة ملك مملكة البحرين، وسمو الشيخ حمد بن خليفة آل ثاني أمير دولة قطر، والمستشارة الألمانية أنجيلا ميركل، ووزيرة الخارجية الأميركية هيلاري كلنتون، ووزير الخارجية الإماراتي سمو الشيخ عبدالله بن زايد آل نهيان، وأمين عام جامعة الدول العربية الدكتور نبيل العربي، ورئيس المجلس الأوروبي هيرمان فون رومبوي، ورئيس المفوضية الأوروبية خوزيه مانويل باروسو، والممثلة العليا للشؤون الخارجية والسياسة الأمنية في الاتحاد الأوروبي البارونة كاثرين اشتون، ووزير الخارجية المغربي الطيب الفاسي الفهري ووزير الخارجية المصري محمد كامل عمرو.

المصدر: خبرني.

Will The King of Jordan Replace The Jordanian Dinar?

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Today I will focus on Jordan, The Global Oligarchy and Jordan’s relationship with The Global Oligarchy. Do I really think that the king of Jordan currently has plans for replacing the Jordanian Dinar? I don’t think so. What I do know is that the king of Jordan is a pawn of The Global Oligarchy and that The Global Oligarchy has plans to have a global currency as part of having a global government,thereby enslaving all of humanity.
The king of Jordan is obviously a pawn of the Global Oligarchy as well as a liar. If you had asked me what I thought of The King of Jordan a year ago my answer would of been very different. My perception of the king of Jordan, until The “Arab Spring”, was very gentle and kind. I thought of him as my brother in Allah who was very naive about the world around him and very ignorant of The Islamic Faith. I thought he was a misguided Muslim brother who had the heart of a God fearing man. Now I see him as one who is promoting the interests of The Global Oligarchy in Jordan. Some Jordanians think that they are an independent country. But such thinking is a product of brain washing. Jordan is very much a colony, it is a colony of the global oligarchy.
When Jordan was established it was a constitutional monarchy. Yet, over the years the constitution has been changed from a constitutional monarchy to an absolute monarchy which has some of the trappings of a democracy. It is a monarchy that is under foreign control. For ten years the king of Jordan has been king. He has given much lip service to transparency, human rights, democracy and accountability. For more than ten years the king of Jordan has spoken up against corruption, yet after all this time the people have gone to the streets demanding the end to corruption. Why, after more than ten years is there still corruption? Is the king of Jordan evil and corrupt himself, or is he totally incompetent? For more than ten years he has promised political reform, yet there has been very little political reform. Why? Some individuals within his inner circle say that those of the Jordanian tribes dislike reform. This is a lie! A group of individuals that represent most of the native Jordanians (those who are members of Jordanian tribes) are in support of everything that the opposition wants. This group wants: constitutional changes that would bring it back to a constitutional monarchy; fair and just elections that would include all Jordanians, and reforms that would bring accountability and the end of corruption in government. So, as you can see both the political opposition as well as the tribes of Jordan are in agreement. Any talk that they are not in agreement is an out right lie! Why doesn’t the king of Jordan agree to the demands of the opposition? Because, the global oligarchy doesn’t want to lose control of the government of Jordan… that is why. Because the king of Jordan is a pawn of the oligarchy and he is doing what they want… not what is best for Jordan and the people of Jordan.
There is talk that Jordan is different from other Arab countries because its leader is a wise man. This is wrong! The turmoil that came to other Arab countries has not YET come to Jordan because the perception of the Jordanian people is that their leader is responsive to them. But the more the king of Jordan delays real reforms, the more the people of Jordan will come to realize that their perception of their leader is wrong and that he is not responsive- and will not be responsive. The more they realize this the more they will start demanding a change in regime. Even now, in the Friday protests the people are chanting “Long live Jordan”- instead of “Long live the king”. This and other things that the people are chanting in the Friday protests indicate that they are starting to get fed up with delays, and that there will come a time when they will not accept any more delays. There will come a time when they will start demanding a regime change. (Allah knows best)

Source: A New Era.

Jordan king urges media protection after assault

Friday 22/07/2011

AMMAN (AFP) — Jordan’s King Abdullah II called on Thursday for protecting journalists after several reporters were beaten up as they covered a demonstration in Amman last week.

“The king rejects what the journalists were subjected to last Friday, stressing that it was unjustified,” the state-run Petra news agency reported after the monarch met with Jordan Press Association President Tareq Momani.

“He also rejects any practices and restrictions that would obstruct the work of media, which have an important role in accurately and independently delivering information to citizens and addressing their issues.”

At least 17 people, including journalists and policemen, were injured when police tried to stop clashes between pro-reform demonstrators and government supporters in central Amman.

Police used batons and other instruments, including a barbecue grill and a ladder, to break up the clashes outside city hall, beating and injuring at least nine journalists wearing orange vests marked “Press.”

“The king said he will instruct the government and security services to ensure the protection of journalists as they cover political, social and other activities,” Petra said.

“We want active and effective media to help carry our reform vision,” he was quoted as saying.

A police report released on Wednesday blamed the demonstrators and the media for Friday’s violence, but said “more time is needed for further investigation and determining those who beat the demonstrators and journalists.”

“Suspects must be put on trial in line with penal and public security laws,” it added.

The Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders have condemned the attacks on journalists and called for protecting the media.

Source: Ma’an News Agency.

Jordan’s king issues amnesty for thousands

Jun 8, 2011

Amman – Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Wednesday issued a general amnesty to mark the 12th anniversary of his accession expected to lead to the pardoning of thousands of wrongdoers.

The amnesty excludes crimes pertaining to espionage, state security, narcotics, rape, premeditated murder, financing of terrorism, money laundering and the forgery of banknotes.

The move coincided with a pledge by King Abdullah to carry out ‘real and speedy’ political reforms in the wake of four months of protests inspired by the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

A National Dialogue Committee set up by the monarch in March issued proposals earlier this week for new laws governing the election of the lower house of parliament and the formation of political parties in the country.

King Abdullah has also set up a panel to revise the country’s constitution, which is expected to put forward its recommendations in a few weeks.

Source: Monsters and Critics.

Jordan’s king warns of new intifada as Israel approves settlements

May 23, 2011

WASHINGTON/OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: The prolonged stalemate in the Middle East peace process will lead to yet another war between Israel and the Palestinians, Jordan’s King Abdullah II warned in an interview broadcast Sunday.

“I just have a feeling that we’re going to be living with the status quo for 2011 … Whenever we accept the status quo, we do so until there is another war,” Abdullah told ABC television’s “This Week.”

“If you look to the past 10 years, every two to two-and-a-half years, there is either the intifada or a war or a conflict. So looking back over the past 12 years, my experience shows me that if we ignore the Israeli-Palestinian issue, something will burst,” the monarch said.

Earlier Sunday, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved the construction of 294 new homes in the Beitar Ilit settlement in the occupied West Bank, anti-settlement NGO Peace Now reported.

It also said that work had started on more than 2,000 settler homes since the end in September of Israel’s 10-month freeze on Jewish construction on Palestinian land.

Peace Now said Barak has also approved building of homes for the elderly and a shopping center in the settlement of Efrat.

The group could not say exactly when Barak had signed off on the projects, although it said that it had seen a letter dated April 28 from the Defense Ministry advising the Housing Ministry of its decision.

The plans still need local authority permits to build but that is considered a formality, requiring no further government action, Peace Now said.

The Defense Ministry, contacted by AFP, issued a brief statement saying that “since the end of the freeze period a few building permits have been approved for communities situated in the [settlement] blocs to meet their living needs.”

Peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians have been on hold since late September, when the partial Israeli settlement freeze expired and Netanyahu declined to renew it.

Peace Now said Sunday that since the moratorium had been lifted Israeli settlers had started construction on about 2,000 homes in 75 different settlement sites.

“This construction might create facts on the ground that will make the price of peace much higher for Israel,” it said in a statement, adding that one-third of the new construction was going on beyond Israel’s West Bank barrier, which itself regularly cuts into land the Palestinians claim for their future state.

Peace Now added that in addition the Israeli government had given planning permission to 800 new homes in 13 settlements.

Peace Now called that decision “not just miserable timing but a miserable policy” and said it sent a “clear message to the Americans.”

The Palestinians have insisted they will not talk while Israel builds on land they want for a future state, and Israel has attracted fierce international criticism for its settlement policy.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said Israel must choose “between settlements and peace.”

But in response to U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech Sunday, Netanyahu issued a blunt statement rejecting the pre-1967 lines as a basis for negotiation.

Meanwhile, Palestinian factions, including Fatah and Hamas, will seek Russian backing for a new government after their reconciliation deal at talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Monday, a delegate said.

“We are expecting that he will show his support for the reconciliation accord and the formation of the new Palestinian government,” Bassam Salhi, leader of the Palestinian People’s Party, told AFP on the eve of the talks in Moscow.

Salhi said that the factions had held talks among themselves over the weekend about the formation of a national unity government, without giving further details.

The factions are due to meet Lavrov Monday morning where they will try to drum up support from Moscow for the reconciliation accord.

Source: The Daily Star.