Rep. Jim Jordan Reminds Dems Who Really Built ‘Cages’ At The Border

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19-07-19 08:30:00,

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) tore into Democrats during a Thursday House Oversight Committee hearing, reminding the selective-outrage brigade that “Not One Single So-Called Cage Has Been Constructed By The Trump Administration… not one.” 

“During the presidency of Barack Obama, we didn’t see outrage from the Democrats then. We didn’t see prominent Democrat members of Congress condemning the “concentration camps” torture then. Again, President Trump has not built a single “cage.” 

The cages you see in the news and on Twitter were constructed by President Obama’s administration.

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Jordan: The Middle East’s Silent Enemy | New Eastern Outlook

Jordan: The Middle East’s Silent Enemy | New Eastern Outlook

10-08-18 09:30:00,

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If you say the words “Middle East”, you evoke a familiar set of images in a listener’s head. Violence, conflict, general poverty alongside significant oil wealth, arms, terrorism, corruption – an unstable mess where the next load of misery is just waiting to fall on you.

This creates problems for journalists, because there are only certain stories people will read. Few wish to remember that Lebanon was once the Las Vegas of the region, and still has the potential to be a powerhouse if left to its own devices. Nor do they wish to hear positive stories from conflict countries, because these can be seen as supporting one side or another, and that might turn out to be the wrong side, as far as those who bankroll the media outlets are concerned.

So why is it we do not hear more stories about the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan? After all, it ticks all the boxes. Muslim, autocratic, bang in the middle of all the regional conflicts, there should be a lot of interest in what Jordan is doing and what the effect of it is. Doubtless most Jordanians just want to live in peace, but so do most Syrians, Lebanese, Israelis and Iraqis. If others won´t allow that, and support their nnarratives through the world’s media outlets, the same should be happening in Jordan.

Yet the Kingdom seems to rise above it all – not exactly prospering, but not getting its hands too dirty. We hear about its involvement in the Arab League, one of the least effective international organisations ever, and it is thus implied that Jordan prefers diplomacy to conflict, and is therefore the neighbour other regional countries should also be. But we never hear much about the internal goings-on in Jordan, whereas we hear a lot about those in other regional countries because they are taken to prove a point.

As always, there is a good reason why Jordan is separated from its brethren, kept in some sanitised corner where it is just an accident that it is part of the “Middle East” and “Arab World”. No one wants to fit it into the usual boxes because it is too useful to others to let it be something else.

If Syria or Iraq were allowed to be Jordan they would not be a lot different to now,

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Has the Arab Spring Come to Jordan? | New Eastern Outlook

Has the Arab Spring Come to Jordan? | New Eastern Outlook

10-06-18 12:08:00,

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For a whole week now, Jordan has been shaken by nonstop waves of protests against the draft law on reforming tax reform, for which the IMF lobbied for adoption. This reform calls for significant growth in the income tax. As a result, from June 1 prices in Jordan have already risen 5.5% for natural gas, 16.4% for gasoline, and 19% for electricity. According to data of Jordan’s Ministry of Finance, at the end of 2017 the national debt stood at 38.5 billion dollars or 95.3% of GDP. By 2021, the IMF’s proposed measures should reduce Jordan’s national debt to 77% of gross domestic product.

Clearly, once again the familiar scheme for “honest” fleecing of money from a government, conceived back in 1982 by Professor John Williamson of the Institute for International Economics, has shown itself. In the USA’s government and among its financial elite, this arrangement, by which the IMF today plunders whole countries, has received the name “Washington Consensus.” In just recent years, the IMF’s interference in international economic politics has resulted in the ruin of countries, such as Argentina, Ireland, Spain, Greece, Yugoslavia, and Somalia. The IMF pursues truly just one goal – impoverishment of weaker states with the subsequent appropriation of their assets. Moreover, this is done in favor of the United States of America, whose leading role in the IMF brings Washington colossal benefits. At the same time, the IMF does not give money for commercial projects, but provides funds exclusively for structural modernization of an economy, and the machinery of government as a whole.

The resignation of Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani Al-Mulki, and appointment of Omar al-Razzaz, who must form a new government, has not helped stem the growing wave of protests. Jordanians feel that they are in dire need of modern electoral legislation. That must be formulated with the participation of all the country’s political forces.

Jordanians understand that the majority of their problems arise from politicians. Acute attention is devoted to reformation of the system, yet Jordan, like other Arab kingdoms, is an absolute monarchy. The king holds the reins of power, and exercises authority, which covers all institutions of government. He also has the ability to dissolve the elected legislative branch. “Color revolutions” in Tunisia and Egypt have already swept aside such authoritarian rulers,

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