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March 21 2013 10:03


Dear Dr. Fawzi:
 
 I would appreciate if you post this for me in the Online service.
 
  
Thanks for your support.
 
  
Awen
 
  
Dear Mr. Goldberg,
 
  
My name is Awen Al-Meshagbsah. I am a native of Jordan and currently live and work in the United States 
 
I have recently read a piece which you wrote about Jordan and its king, Abdullah II
 
 I would like to thank you for your continued work and interest in our region. People like you, who express a more critical and balanced assessment of the Hashemite Kingdom should be commended for their hard work and efforts to give western readers a different perspective on our region’s culture, politics and people
 
 I am firm believer and strong supporter of the peace process between Israel and its Arab neighbors.  I believe that all parties have failed to work for a permanent and just settlement of the Palestinian issue

First of all, I would respectfully like to take issue with your categorization of Jordanians as belonging to two distinct groups of citizens, with one group, the Palestinians, having a different set of political goals and aspirations than the second group, the East Bank Bedouins.  What the overwhelming majority of ALL Jordanians yearn for themselves and their children are the same democratic rights that are found in the Western democracies, and for which their brothers and sisters in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria (among others) recently fought and died for

In response to your reporting and the follow up coverage by other journalists (i.e., New York Time’s David D. Kirkpatrick), the King’s propaganda machine has waged a relentless criticism of you and your work. The major dailies and their paid journalists came out with editorials and columns trying to deny most of what you have reported.  They have accused you of working for a conspiracy orchestrated by the US Government to undermine the Kingdom’s stability.   While the Royal Court did not deny that the interview took place, they have now claimed that you have inappropriately and maliciously misinterpreted the King’s words and intents and you have twisted them to fit your preconceived prejudices regarding the Hashemite monarchy. It is my hope that you would be willing to refute their lies and misinformation and would be able to provide a rebuttal to their false claims about the King’s true standing
 
 The Jordanian royal family presents a convincing Western façade to outside observers.  They are young, intelligent, attractive, and speak perfect English.  And they campaign, superficially, for popular Western causes like women’s and minority’s rights.  However, I would argue that they are not interested in the fundamental principles of Western democracy that are the bedrock of these countries’ political and social structure.  Unfortunately, since King Abdullah II ascended to the throne, corruption, royal favoritism toward select groups, nepotism, and greed have become the hallmarks of Hashemite rule.  The common people are mired in absolute poverty, while the favored elite (his immediate family, his in-laws, and friends) grow more rich and powerful.  The Queen, while presenting her liberal Westernized façade to the outside world, spends millions of dollars on frivolities while most of her subjects subsist on a few dollars a day.   This behavior is not the relative financial discipline demonstrated by Western constitutional monarchs like Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom; rather, it is the unrestrained profligacy exhibited by the most corrupt Eastern potentates

It is my hope that respected journalists like you will continue to report honestly on the political and economic situation in Jordan, but that you see beyond the falsehoods that the regime tries to foist on the Western world.  As long as these glaring injustices continue to be the normal way of doing business in the “Hashemite Kingdom” of Jordan, as long as all citizens of the country are forbidden from sharing the benefits of a free, democratic society that is governed by a person who truly has his people’s interests at heart, there will never be real democracy in Jordan.  Rather it will be an empty shell, with a glittering exterior presented to the world, but with a corrupt, rotten substructure that will eventually collapse from the weight of its own lies, fabrications, and misdeeds
 
 Sincerely
 
  
Awen













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