– Jordan's King Abdullah II (right) in a Slate interview with Lally Weymouth. Prompting the king's comments was a question about Jordan's responses to ferment in Muslim and Arab world. (credit for 2008 photo) A noteworthy albeit reportedly "fragile" response was last week's appointment of an International Court of Justice Judge, Awn Shawkat al-Khasawneh, as Jordan's new Prime Minister. Also worth noting in the Slate article were: the king's prediction that Libya faces a difficult transition; his comments that "nobody has an answer to Syria"; his statement that "everybody is wary of dealing with the West" because of the speed with which Western countries "turned their backs on" Egypt's Hosni Mubarak; and his assessment that the Arab Spring "is a disaster" for Israel.
The Arab Spring didn’t start because of politics; it started because of economics – poverty and unemployment. You cannot move political reform without economic reform.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
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