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Jordan King Abdullah Dismisses Government, Appoints New Prime Minister

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The story: "the commencement of real political reforms." The truth: "we don't have enough private jets for every member of the upper class." Prime Minister Samir Rifai has been replaced with Marouf Al-Bakhit, "(born 1947) was the Prime Minister of Jordan from November 27, 2005 until 25 November 2007. and was previously the Jordanian ambassador to Israel and the national security chief."  We fail to see the real political reform.

From Xinhua:

Jordanian Prime Minister Samir Rifai resigned on
Tuesday following weeks of protests by Jordanians calling on the
government to step down.

King Abdullah II of Jordan tasked Marouf Bakhit to form the new
government, state-run petra news agency reported. Bakhit, a former prime
minister, served also as Jordan's ambassador in Israel.


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Tue, 02/01/2011 - 08:55 | 923207 Husk-Erzulie
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Once again....ZH, first with the news that matters...bitchez.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:10 | 923259 Gully Foyle
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"Once again....ZH, first with the news that matters...bitchez."


Huh! I'll top that.

The king is also an acknowledged fan of the science fiction saga Star Trek. In 1996, while he was still a Prince, he appeared in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Investigations". It was a non-speaking role as he was not a member of the Screen Actors Guild.[26]

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 10:18 | 923442 Husk-Erzulie
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Trippy :-p

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 08:55 | 923208 Salinger
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suprise surprise

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 08:56 | 923211 youngman
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Well this is from left field......and now I wait for Saudia Arabia.....that is the end big Califate.....Hmmmmmm.....where is Obama and Clinton...

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:10 | 923256 alter ego
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Obama is just waiting to be named "The Big Califa"

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 08:56 | 923212 sodbuster
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We need more time to move the gold.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:14 | 923266 youngman
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This is a good contest...what is the country for the deposed leaders/dictators/kings....???? Where are they all fleeing to?  The country would have to have a long enough runway for the big C-5´s to land....fully loaded.... with all the gold....

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:33 | 923338 blindfaith
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they will end up in the USA, UK, France, or Germany.  This is where all wealthy criminals end up.  They sure as hell aren't going to Argentina, another time bomb in a slow explosion state.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:54 | 923379 TruthInSunshine
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Paris or Monte Carlo.

It's where all ousted leaders meet to greet and beat.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 10:34 | 923500 Cleve Meater
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Panama... Contadora Island.  Where the Shah of Iran lived out his days in exile. Here:

Swaying palm trees, white sand beaches, beautiful olive skinned natives.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 08:57 | 923213 fretmarker
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so, is this contagion or containment???

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 08:58 | 923217 irishlink
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This has me wondering what is going to happen to the middle east loans that rere racked up during the mad building sprees in Dubai , Quatar etc. 

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 10:41 | 923535 MachoMan
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Why would you ever have wondered what was going to happen to those loans?  I'm not sure any contagion remotely affects the inevitable outcome...

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 08:59 | 923218 DaddyO
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Jimmy lost Iran due to incompetence, BHO loses the whole middle east in one fell swoop, how wonderful.


Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:06 | 923242 firstdivision
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..and how exactly did he lose it in two years?  Way to show your ignorance in the fact that it may have been over the course of 30 years.  I like having people like you on the otherside of my trades.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:14 | 923268 topcallingtroll
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It is not ours to lose.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:31 | 923332 firstdivision
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Touche and very true.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:32 | 923335 ColonelCooper
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"BHO loses the whole middle east in one fell swoop, how wonderful"

Just wondering, he was going to stop this how?

I never used to think that I would defend Obama on anything; I firmly believe he goes down in the history books as one of, if not the, worst President EVER.  But:

Obama has only succeded in hastening the destruction that was mapped out for us when he was still a community organizer.  Only the Hannitys of the world believe this all atarted two years ago.


Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:46 | 923361 docj
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Spot-on, Colonel.

Cheers -

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 10:29 | 923485 jesusfreakinco
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BHO has changed policy on what most Presidents have fought hard for since Reagan.  He is WEAK and the leaders of the world know this.  He has no balls.  Come on, really?  You don't understand how and why Obama is tearing down the US and handing it out apologetically to the rest of the world with hat in hand - bowing to all?

Having said that, I am not one that believes that American dominance is healthy for all.  Clearly there are pros/cons to having a single dominant global military - not the least is the crap we have pushed from Wall St - the export of financial destruction known as Derivatives.

Things are way more complicated than any of us know.  However, to say that BHO hasn't had an impact on the 'stability' in the world is naive at best IMO.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 08:59 | 923219 johnnymustardseed
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Queen Rania of Jordan.....Hooochie Mama. She is hot

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:51 | 923373 RacerX
Tue, 02/01/2011 - 10:14 | 923432 chumbawamba
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She's a stupid cunt.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 10:45 | 923548 MachoMan
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Certainly not mutually exclusive with looking good...  and I'd even go so far as to say it is safe to presume...

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 12:04 | 923839 chumbawamba
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I'd rather fuck a mule with a good soul.

I am Chumbawamba.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 12:13 | 923869 Green Leader
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That can be arranged...

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 13:04 | 924065 MachoMan
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Ask Mr. Hands how that turned out...

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 10:22 | 923457 Agent P
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"It's good to be the king."

  ~ Mel Brooks

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:02 | 923220 Oh regional Indian
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Tue, 02/01/2011 - 08:59 | 923222 Oh regional Indian
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First the Tigris and Euphrates, then the Nile and now Jordan?

I see a pattern and it looks not good.

Such a blatanty co-ordinated take-down.

For once, I wish I had high speed internet.


Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:09 | 923253 EscapeKey
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It's also convenient.

30 years ago, the Soviet Union was the declared enemy. Now, with the rise of the caliphate, the West can once again brainwash our youth, to fear the enemy in the Middle East.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:14 | 923267 Oh regional Indian
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Yup. General Turncoat Pike's prognostications seem to be playing out according to plan all right.

The Anglo-Saxon truncheon to the global throat is going to see some serious blow-back soon.

Always good to be humble.


Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:16 | 923280 EscapeKey
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Didn't Toynbee state that the Soviet Union was just a stop gap, and that the real future struggle would be between Christians and Muslims?

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:21 | 923292 Oh regional Indian
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And he was right, if he did. 

The over-controlled, over-armed western armies versus the Wild Islamic ones.


Seems biblical to me. manufactured Biblicality.


Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:15 | 923276 youngman
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Oh ANOTHER remake of Red dawn....yes yes yes.....

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 10:47 | 923556 MachoMan
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wouldn't it be closer to three kings?  considering by the time the ME gets a blue water navy and/or the means to drop crackerjack troops en masse via commercial airlines, aliens will have taken over anyway...  might as well do a mars attacks remake

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 22:40 | 926086 StychoKiller
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Next up, the Ganges and Indus! (perhaps the Amazon or Mississippi instead?)

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:00 | 923223 docj
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Frantically re-arranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.

My my, but the despots sure seem nervous these days.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:01 | 923226 Hephasteus
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Goddamn amerian government is huge. Have to get rid of it every damn place there's a military base.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:25 | 923311 topcallingtroll
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We arent all neocons. Some of us are trying to help you.remove those american bases.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:34 | 923339 Rodent Freikorps
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At this point it would almost be worth standing aside and watching them rip Europe a new asshole.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 10:52 | 923560 MachoMan
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As long as they keep trading oil for the dollar, then they can do whatever they want to europe...

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 11:13 | 923654 Rodent Freikorps
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I believe you are being prophetic with that statement.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:05 | 923236 irishlink
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The western media have spent the whole morning downplaying this . I have rarely seen such complacency !! I do not like this scary feeling. The markets are not even registering any unrest.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:05 | 923238 sudzee
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Watch for mass exodus out of Isreal as the US paid tryrants flee the region.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:13 | 923265 israhole
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Good thing the new guy is in bed with terrorist Israel.  

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:15 | 923279 topcallingtroll
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Gaza has a few anti aircraft missiles now.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:35 | 923281 Pee Wee
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Change is a 3-card monte to hustle people that believe in a brighter future.

Modern incorporated politics is all just a slight of hand to steal from believers while lying to them from beginning to end.  The result is always the same -  thug enrichment at the expense of that brighter future.  

It appears the mideast has fewer suckers than thought-- in the US, we're loaded and the hustle is as rigged as ever in every branch!!

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:18 | 923287 alter ego
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With all the things happeningaround.

I think people should remember something.

Beware that your dreams can come

true because sometimes dreams can become


I don't think what is happening on the Middle

East is going to have a happy ending, because

right now the place is too crowd, too angry, too

hungry and too radical.

 Who is going to bell the cat?

I don't know, but I tell you , right now we are

seeing the bulls behind the wall, wait until all

that energy spills over the western hemisphere


Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:25 | 923306 youngman
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I agree totally...and its not because i am smart...its because it what the muslims have forcasted for years....this is their take over the igonore it is dangerous and very stupid.....

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:26 | 923313 EscapeKey
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How does that differ from the Americans, or the English before them?

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 10:18 | 923443 chumbawamba
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It differs in that the Americans and English were serious about taking over the world, whereas the "Muslims" are only reacting to the lies and depredations of the Americans and the English.

Anyone thinking they will one day wake up within a Global Caliphate really needs to stop listening to AM radio.

I am Chumbawamba.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 10:41 | 923534 EscapeKey
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Completely different discussion, really, but there are plenty of historical examples of agressive muslims.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 10:50 | 923570 Hephasteus
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Where's that big developement that has all those islands shaped like the world.

Oh ya. Dubai.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 11:51 | 923789 serotonindumptruck
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Perhaps the only difference (if you want to call it that) would be the increased level of violence against the infidel.

The Muslim practice of summary execution (strike at the neck of the infidel) could be a strong deterrent to any foreign fighters who fear capture.

We all have to die someday, although it might be preferable that this demise does not result from having our heads slowly removed with a dull, rusty scimitar.

Enter the New Ottoman Empire.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:23 | 923294 topcallingtroll
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I dont know if this is a trend, but the anti zionism in the usa is heartwarming. Please keep the.distinction clear between anti zionism and anti jewish-ism or whatever you call it. I dont like ragheads either. Let's just ask for a pox on both their houses. Let them fight it out if they want to, but leave us out of it.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 10:19 | 923450 chumbawamba
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No, the pox is on your house.  This is all your doing, cracker.


I am Chumbawamba.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:24 | 923301 mogul rider
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Gosh golly gee

I just love the smell of napalm in the morning.



Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:25 | 923305 mogul rider
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So when does the CIA go in and kill something?


Just asking

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:25 | 923309 Rodent Freikorps
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King Abdullah is not a bad guy.

If you would celebrate his take-down, you are idiots.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:27 | 923317 mogul rider
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True - but who said chaos was fair?


You treat people like dogs and serfs and this is the end state, so he couldn't have been that nice.


Just another Bastille Day, just a different dialect

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 12:04 | 923834 serotonindumptruck
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Another Bastille Day. Hmm...

Wonder what the status of the prison populations are in Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan?

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:30 | 923328 youngman
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I think KING is the key word does not fit in with the caliphate....

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:44 | 923358 Rodent Freikorps
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If the Caliphate comes to reality, so does the militarization of the USA.

Folks should be careful what they wish for. Fear will make the herd welcome a dictatorship. They will believe "only for the duration of the crisis."

Interesting times, indeed.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 09:53 | 923376 Alcoholic Nativ...
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It must be hard being such a coward.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 10:32 | 923493 Rodent Freikorps
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It is my homeland. Any threat is unacceptable. My family lives here.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 10:28 | 923482 snowball777
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"...the militarization of the USA"

"Fear will make the herd welcome a dictatorship."

You mean a dictatorship over there or here?

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 10:33 | 923498 Rodent Freikorps
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Tue, 02/01/2011 - 10:21 | 923456 chumbawamba
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Hurry up and write a positive Op-Ed about the King and send it in to the NY Times.  Abdullah needs all the useful idiots he can find to save his ass at this point.

I am Chumbawamba.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 10:27 | 923477 arkady
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I am a little surprised by all the cheering here, the revolt in Jordan is led by a coalition of leftists and islamists.  Their primary concern is that the free-market reforms have lead to an income gap.  Dont forget that the Jordanian Dinar is pegged to the dollar and our inflation is really putting the hurt on Jordan. 


Now most of you understand that rising food prices are first and foremost an inflation consequence, but most Jordanians have no idea and are blaming the "free market".  This is the worst case scenario.  The worst.


(Reuters) - Islamists, leftists and trade unionists gathered in central Amman Friday for the latest protest to demand political change and wider freedoms.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 12:01 | 923827 spongeBOB
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Tue, 02/01/2011 - 11:19 | 923675 Man with no name
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Wondering when Mumbarak appears on "Dancing with the Stars"?

Next Up in the Overthrowapoloza....

Jordan with a photo finish against Libya.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 11:24 | 923689 Geronimo66
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The 11 Countries At Risk of Becoming The Next Egypt

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 11:35 | 923722 spongeBOB
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With all due respect to Tyler and the "experts" on this board, Jordan is not Egypt. Jordan is an island of stability in that region. They have viable middle class, poverty exists but low, business and economy is thriving.Their problems are more or less similar to Greece. Joradan has huge public sector that is weighing on the economy and threatening huge deficits. Jordan has opposition parties and that include the IAF, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, communists, baathists and pan-arab nationals who oppose the kingdom's foriegn policy. They are allowed to run for parliment, publish their own newspapers and contest laws. The change in government is nothing new. Every couple of years the same thing happens. People go out and demostrate freely but usually it is in the hundreds or thousands and usually against some israeli action in Gaza or price increase in gasoline or other food items that used to be subsidized and now they follow market prices and we all know where those are headed. The latest government angered people used to early retire at 45 and when the government raised the age 47 people got upset and that also caused demostration.  They hate high prices and they want subsidies but the government is broke. People complain about poverty but the don't want to work, hence the 500K+ egyptian workers and 70K+ Phillipino and Indonesian demostic helpers, even factories have to import chinese and indian and other nationals because people do not want to do these jobs. Jordanians in general are chronic complainers and they all want to live like Dubai citizens on a african budget. So before you all get excited there will be NO Revolution and nobody is fleeing with gold bars or private jets, on the contrary, many of the well to do Egyptians are on the way to Amman and ready to drive up the price of real estate just like the Iraqi did 7 years ago.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 12:06 | 923847 chumbawamba
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I am Chumbawamba.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 13:19 | 924128 guidoamm
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I can confirm your opinion SpongeBOB.

I must reiterate that a change of govern


ment in Amman is not unusual. Heck! This government was only formed three months ago.


Anyway. So far although there have been demonstrations demanding more subsidies, there has been nothing else of note.... yet.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 12:03 | 923831 gwar5
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Wow, even Jordan is feeling the heat. Interesting. No one country will be spared. Looks like more openings for Muslim Brotherhood.

I wonder if Obama regrets making the MB his BFF. Bill Ayers and his Weathermen have been over there "organizing" them hard for over a year. 

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 13:46 | 924244 robert_paulson
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I was just traveling in the Middle East and was in both Jordan and Egypt for a week.  I was definitely among the common people (it was backpacking, not business).

The peoples of Jordan and Egypt - as judged by mood, sentiment, overall atmosphere - could not be more different.  I can honestly say that I don't think there are two countries on Earth which seem so superficially similar but feel so radically different when you're actually there. 

I do not think there's a chance of what's happening in Egypt spreading to Jordan.  Not that Jordan is without its problems - I actually talked with bedouins (read: Jordanians, and not Palestinians living in Jordan) about inflation, and 40% of Jordan's population are Palestinian refugees who are generally disinfranchised.  But on the whole, people like the King and don't hold a grudge against the state.  The Jordanian police are friendly, competent, and not so corrupt.  If you are a victim of a crime in Jordan, it would actually make sense to report it to the police and expect them to investigate.  Jordan - though relatively poor and quite conservative - works as a state.  And the Jordanian people are the nicest, most honest on Earth (seriously).

Egypt, to put it simple, does not work as a state.  If you want anybody to do anything you have to pay a bribe, and that includes the police if you want them to NOT do anything and let you go about your day.  Nothing really works in Egypt, and the Egyptian people generally seemed lazy, disorganized, mistrustful, and miserable while I was there.  (Obviously they are not so lazy or disorganized, as evidenced by the protests, but this highlights the general mood of the people in everyday life.)  The overall mood in Egypt was 180 degrees from the mood in Jordan. 

In short, the Jordanians may be concerned about inflation, but their desired remedy is likely to be food subsidies, agricultural reform, etc. - not ousting the head of state.




Tue, 02/01/2011 - 15:13 | 924538 spongeBOB
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I agree with most of what you wrote except I don't really think the Egyptians are lazy. They are some of the hardest working people I've ever met ( the police is a different matter). While in Jordan you propably have notice the large number of Egyptian nationals working the hardest and least paying jobs and many of those men have college degrees. IMO, This revolt is about poverty, not democracy but it is being highjacked by certain groups which if they ever get to be in power I am 100% certain that the people of Egypt are going to be worse off, not better.

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 22:32 | 926069 guidoamm
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Worse off they will be.... that's odds on...

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 04:34 | 926589 guidoamm
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Very accurate observations sir

Thu, 02/03/2011 - 06:40 | 930342 guidoamm
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Apologies. The "very accurate observation" comment was meant for Robert Paulson

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