By Alan George
Drawing on various visits to the rustic and interviews with a range of individuals, together with King Abdullah, Alan George describes how Jordan's kind of solid monarchical method, in contrast to that during so much Arab nations, has allowed the halting improvement of civil society and maintained regulate in the course of the skillful co-option of competitors instead of heavy-handed reliance on its mystery police. what's way of life like? How do its parliamentary procedure and political events paintings? How loose are the media? What are the long run customers of this buffer "state with no nation"?
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He is one of my greatest friends’, affirmed the king. 24 His son Talal’s outlook was more liberal. In 1937 Sir Frederick Peake, the Arab Legion’s commander, had denigrated Talal as being ‘well in with the opposition and egging them on’. He was, opined Peake, a ‘young man [who] talks most foolishly. He has been known to express very definite anti-English sentiments’. 25 The revised Constitution of 1952, which was the only major legislative outcome of Talal’s brief and tragic reign, and which in amended form remains in effect today, included a range of clauses providing for democracy and respect for human rights.
Article 30 stated flatly: ‘The King is the Head of State and is immune from any liability and responsibility’. Although an autocrat who never envisaged the monarchy relinquishing its core powers, Hussain was overtly despotic only when cornered – but in varying degrees he felt cornered for much of his reign. He appointed his first government, headed by the relatively liberal Fawzi al-Mulqi, in May 1953. A former ambassador to London, where he had assiduously cultivated a friendship with the then Prince Hussain, himself at the time a pupil at Harrow School, Al-Mulqi proved ineffectual.
When Faisal and Lawrence passed this way, not even the police post existed. We started in the late morning at Wadi Rum’s northern entrance, striding out to the east, skirting Jabal Umm Ishrin (‘Mother of Twenty’) on our right and, to our left, the towering, yellow, brown and red Mazfar mountain – dubbed the Seven Pillars of Wisdom after its seven massive tubular abutments. Around us, the flat wadi floor was dotted with spidery ratam bushes and occasional thorny siyala trees. Clouds flitted across a rich blue sky and to the north, perhaps two kilometres distant, a sandstorm played over the shimmering plain.