NASEEM TARAWNAH: We have hit a road bump attempting to silence debate. Assumptions have been made that anyone who is critical of the status quo is to be considered disloyal.
NASEEM TARAWNAH – We’ve grown up in the shadow of our fathers’ heroes. Now, after eighteen days that have shaken the Arab world we have heroes of our own.
NASEEM TARAWNAH – A ‘compare and contrast’ between protests in Jordan and those of Egypt or Tunisia produces one striking difference – the absence of young people.
NASSEM TARAWNAH: The state needs to realize no one protesting in Jordan have been calling for regime change, but rather a change in government and real reforms.
NASEEM TARAWNAH: The Palestine Papers may not reveal earth-shattering facts, they have, though, given us insights into the main characters.
NASEEM TARAWNAH: The issues bringing Jordanians onto the streets are of Jordanian origin and will be solved by Jordanians. Fundamental change is not on the agenda.
NASEEM TAWRANAH: Events in Tunisia have been followed by the Jordanian people and authorities. It’s unlikely, though, events will follow a similar pattern in the Kingdom.
NASEEM TARAWNAH: There have been many small, low-level outbreaks of violence in Jordan over the past year. Taken together these point to a troubled society.
NASEEM TARAWNAH: The photo is a reminder of the difficulties of this region. Of conflict. Of safe havens. Of wars. Of truce. Stripped of politics, it is free…
NASEEM TARAWNAH: A new ‘five star jail’ has just opened in Jordan for the rich and those formerly of public office… Could it be the beginning of a regional franchise?
NASEEM TARAWNAH: A recently issued fatwa from the Islamic Action Front in Jordan poses interesting questions about the internal turmoil within the Muslim Brotherhood
NASEEM TARAWNAH: As a people, we need to find ways of putting aside the rage and the blame. History has shown us little good ever comes from either.
NASEEM TARAWNAH: There’s one overriding topic of conversation in Jordan these days – rain or rather its absence. Each day without rain and the prayers are becoming more desperate.
NASEEM TARAWNAH: One particular cable is a rather clear reflection of its stance and growing concerns regarding Iran – “Beware the Iranian Tentacles … and Cut Them Off,” reads the summary…