By Alan George
Drawing on a number of visits to the rustic and interviews with a range of individuals, together with King Abdullah, Alan George describes how Jordan's kind of good monarchical procedure, in contrast to that during so much Arab nations, has allowed the halting improvement of civil society and maintained keep an eye on in the course of the skillful co-option of rivals instead of heavy-handed reliance on its mystery police. what's way of life like? How do its parliamentary method and political events paintings? How unfastened are the media? What are the longer term customers of this buffer "state and not using a nation"?
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Extra info for Jordan: Living in the Crossfire
National unity has been an overriding political imperative since the kingdom’s establishment but the various elements of the population remain relatively distinct. ‘Jordan is a mixture. 17 He was echoed by the then information minister, Muhammad Afash 'Idwan: ‘Jordan is a conglomerate. Jordan is the bedu, the city-dweller, the Palestinian, the refugee, the Circassian, the Christian, the Muslim, the Armenian. 18 Most Jordanians define themselves in terms of their tribal or regional origins. ‘I’m not a Palestinian’, insists Al-Masri.
At one table on the open-air terrace of the Mirador, laughing Jordanian teenagers, the girls’ carefully styled hair streaked with highlights, chat, drink tea, smoke arghilas – traditional water pipes – and tap their feet in time to the Egyptian and Lebanese love songs booming from the sound system. At another sits an Iraqi family, refugees perhaps from the then six-month-old Western occupation of their country. At others, Iraqi and Jordanian couples talk softly, some discreetly holding hands, THE FLOODLIT BILLBOARDS George 02 22 19/8/05 • 4:02 pm Page 22 Jordan their faces illuminated by the flickering tabletop candles.
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