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One Amman professional told The Middle East this week: “It is not Queen Rania personally they are against, it is a modern, forward looking womanin a position of power these people cannot stand the thought of. They say she is pro-Palestinian.So what? More than 50% of Jordanians also have strong associations with Palestine. So far, it isthe only thing they have accused her of that they have been able to prove. Jordan does need political reform but its people do not want to overthrow the monarchy. The Arab Spring has been a wonderful thing for countries like Tunisia, Egypt and Libya but the waves of discontent have spread far and wide and this is what we are experiencing in Jordan at the present time. We need change but controlled and measured change. Anything else would be a parody.”
On May 14th 2012, two F-15 Israeli aircraft repeatedly violated Turkish airspace over Cyprus; the intruder was then chased off by the Turkish F-16’s scrambled from the Turkish Cypriot air base at Lefkoniko. The five separate intrusions lasted some eight minutes and ocurred between 11.05am and 12.49pm, suggested they were repeated, deliberate provocation, writes Milan Vesely.
In Egypt, politics are not just something you read about in the newspapers or watch on TV. They are a personal matter, something you feel and that usually hurts. Such was the case last year when President Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign. Midan Tahrir derived its power from the complete and fervent consensus that Mubarak, not just the president, but the father figure must go.
The struggle is on to ensure the continuation of the Hashemite dynasty. King Abdullah II is trying to avoid having … his country dragged into the war with neighbouring Syria; to avoid severe economic ills and to quell dissent within a deeply divided society. By Ed Blanche.