18.5.08

My resignation to His Majesty

I have insisted over the years that Jordan has had more than its fair share of attacks and slandering, and that people just didn't understand progressiveness when they saw it. I was always quick to take the task of defending the vision.

I did this out of loyalty to the crown and the Hashemite family, that will never change, but I refuse to defend policies I don't believe in, therefore I quit and plee with His Majesty to take another look at the erosion of the social programs and civil and political rights, with the rise of poverty, unemployment, racism and classism.

in 2001 I was proud to claim that freedom house gave us a rising score and that soon enough we would not only be the most advanced country in the Arab world in freedoms, we will catch up with Israel. Our scores in 2001 were:

Political Rights Score: 4
Civil Liberties Score: 4
Status: Partly Free

After moving an shaking for 6 years the levels never hit the 2001 level again downgrading to 6 and rising back in 2007 to:

Political Rights Score: 5
Civil Liberties Score: 4
Status: Partly Free

Press Freedom has failed again too and while we were in the Partly Free category, this 6 year period downgraded us to Not Free, and rightly so, the rights of the people have been eroding for sometime, but the right of the press was squashed in new legislation that even holds me accountable. Well, I hope I do get held accountable, at least one part of our government will be functioning then.

Kuwait and Lebanon rank higher than us and so does Indonesia, so next time you hire an Indonesian maid, do tell her that she came here to work and not for freedom of opinion, and make sure you make her understand that newspapers are meaningless here.

In times of great strife and difficulty, it is our freedoms that should be defended when all else is lost, I hope someone does read it. People around the world have to understand that we are an educated people and therefore will give intellectually sound excuses for our government, but for only so long. Intellect fails when the stomach growls!

I have failed to see once and again how decision are made in Jordan, I saw three zones to be dedicated to towers, but the prominent tower projects are in areas that can't handle it.

I have seen Her Majesty on Oprah and on Youtube and I thought surely women's rights have improved at least, the UN Gender-related Development index says that we actually failed to improve with the world and our ranking fell 7 steps in one cycle.

14.2% live under the national poverty line, making Jordan a whole country that needs to be dealt with and not just "poverty areas". 850 thousand people live in poverty in Jordan. The situation isn't improving. It has definitely gotten worse.

Undernourishment is something no one speaks about, people have a general saying in Jordan, no one starves to death, well, BREAKING NEWS:

The rate of Jordanians suffering from undernourishment rose from 4% to 7% in 10 years, and the last report was in 2003, I am presuming that with current food prices and the inflation that has brought Jordan to a freeze, 10% is the current number.

Well, at least we can do something about it, we can elect a parliament to improve the situation, right? well, WRONG, we rank 113 out of 167 in terms of democracy, and to prove it, ever wondered who picks the Mayor of Amman? Yes, Jordan is an Authoritarian regime.

How about the programs of e-government and electronic transparency and all that we were told about for a few years since 1999, well, we rank 53 out of 70. Not one thing in the government can be achieved online. Even by failed States Index, we are in the warning zone!

The days when the military was the assuring force in Jordan are long gone, we spend 8.60% of our GDP on the military, and people don't want to spend more, we also know that most of the military think the salaries aren't sufficient which is yielding a very unstable factor in Jordan and and an armed one at that. The days when a military job meant a sustainable career are over and don't expect the people who benefit most of it to be happy. We have 17.4 people considered active troops per 1,000 citizens, and to maintain them a big chunk of our taxes.

Why maintain such a sizeable army? I have no idea!

Other indicators that fell in Jordan: Accountability, Voice, Political Stability, Absence of Violence, Government Effectiveness, Regulatory Quality and Rule of Law.

Why such a bleak picture? well, mainly because it is based on facts, and second I believe we are going to have a whole lot of internal trouble if anything new comes up. People are almost fed-up, and if there isn't any immediate improvement, people will go to extremes. That includes a revival of an Islamic party, protests and public or mass strikes.

Please people wake up!!!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

My friend, I share you concern for the general stagnation and decline, but if your yardstick is a report by Freedom House, then you should reconsider. There are better yardsticks than a neocon one which ties its reports to how close or far an Arab regime is to advancing Anglozionist interests in the region. Throughout its history Freedom House's board boasted infemous names such as Samual Hunnigton (ideologue for and writer of the class ot civilizations), Jean Kilkpatrick (former ultra conservative US president Ronald Reagan foreign policy ambassador and anti-arab bigot ), James Wolsey (former CIA head and Iraq war monger), and other raving right wing lunatics. Those are the ones who founded and direct from behind the scenes the Freedom House. So save yourself the trouble of trying to please those assholes and keep focusing on more neutral entities such as the UN and other non-US based think tanks. Even the Brits can muster enough integrity to maintain a semblance of neutrality,

Anonymous said...

when you say 14.2% live under the national poverty line, this number is flawed in two places. First, teh national poverty line is too absurdly low when taking into consideration the inflation and high cost of living. If the national poverty line is corrected without political consideration, it would include over 30-40% of Jordanians, which are some of the more neutral estimates by UN and World Bank. Same for unemployment and underemployment. The reality is far worse than you think. Only 5%of Jordanians who live in Jordan, those who claim Jordan is doing great, are not affected by the constant economic free fall. The rest are Jordanians who work outside of Jordan.

Headwind Blows said...

Dear Adnan, I am sorry that you didn't read my full post, I used 15 indicators in it, yet you still felt like judging me from the first two indicators.

However, Freedomhouse, while not exactly without agenda, is the best report I found on freedom, I used UN and magazine specific for the rest of the indicators.

If you look at any country now, it is the same thing, with the inflation destroying savings around the world, and benefiting the top 1 or 2 percent of the populace.