Jordan National Movement

Amman, Jordan

 

http://www.jnm.jeeran.com Under Construction

 

Mission Statement: An authentic, independent Jordanian organization seeks to promote democracy, human rights, and political, economic and social reforms, and national strategic issues in Jordan, and constructive and peaceful dialogue to settle current and future conflicts in the Middle East region

 

October 27, 2006
 

For Further Info. Contact:

Dr. Ahmad Oweidi Al-Abbadi (Chairman), Former Member of Parliament (Two Terms) Amman-Jordan, at 00962 777 419 545, oweidi2005@yahoo.com, & Dr.  Abdul Salam Al-Mualla (Secretary of Foreign Affairs), Dean & College Professor, in the U.S. at (703) 629-5427, aalmala@verizon.net.

 

Open Letter to U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Condoleeza Rice: Jordanians Under Absolute Monarchical Siege

 

Dear Madam Secretary:

We are writing you this letter concerning the current political, social and economic developments in Jordan and the recent falsified remarks delivered by King Abdullah in Jordan and abroad. The king says something in the presence of foreign leaders, dignitaries and world press and media, but acts very differently back home. For instance, the king is using international forums, such as World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland, Dead Sea and other international gatherings for merely public image and propaganda to show his western audience and his foreign interlocutors that he is a real democrat believing in democracy and human rights.

New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a stern, comprehensive and accurate report (http://www.hrw.org/english/docs/2006/09/19/jordan14205.htm) on September 19, 2006 regarding the most recent human rights abuses in Jordan, conducted directly by King Abdullah’s regime and his cruel and Gestapo-like intelligence apparatus. This report reinforces another recent report http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGMDE160052006, issued by Amnesty International (AU) on July 24, 2006.

All of the above reports are very accurate and emphasize the latest facts reported by the Jordanian National Movement (JNM): Abuse of human rights conducted by the current corrupt absolute monarchical system in Jordan is rampant and widespread.

The great majority of Jordanians firmly believe that Jordan is governed by a ruthless clique influencing King Abdullah’s absolute monarchical decisions: his wife Queen Rania, Director of General Intelligence Directorate (GID), Director of King Abdullah Office, several unelected influential senators and bribed journalists, and many members of a rubber stamp parliament who have been elected via unlawful election means, such as “vote buying,” “ballot stuffing,” “ghost voting” and “depressing the vote share of the rival candidates” with direct assistance and official involvement of the GID officers.

  According to a former GID officer, who asked to be remain anonymous, told JNM that “before Parliament elections, we summon potential candidates to the GID headquarters in Amman and we tell them that in order to be elected, they (candidates) must not oppose the king and abide later by directions and orders issued privately by the GID.” In the daily newspaper Alarab Alyawm, columnist Mohammad Al-Subaihi, wrote in an article on Tuesday, September 26, 2006, titled “Death Knell to Parliament,” “I sincerely hope that this Parliament goes home unreturned…” Another writer, Sameeh Al-Maitah, stated in an article, published in Al Ghad daily newspaper on Thursday, September 28, 2006,  that the “government owns and dictates the opinions of more than 80 members (70%) of current Parliament.”

As far as the media is concerned, the regime in Jordan displays essential features of an authoritarian media system. All broadcast media are controlled and manipulated by the appointed government and royal court circles. Strict control over Jordan Radio and Television is exercised through the GID, which also oversees print media, and can act against any perceived dissension: incarceration, employment termination and newspaper closure or suspension.

For example, Al Majd weekly newspaper goes under strict monitoring system performed by GID officers before publication every week. The Royal Court communicates its positions on national and international issues directly to executives of the broadcast media thus restricting the overall atmosphere of freedom of expression. For instance, When Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer, wrote a very well-balanced article in the Los Angeles Times newspaper on Sunday, October 1, 2006, explaining the current political situation in Jordan, the first reaction from the royal court and GID was placing Mr. Daragahi on the watch list at Jordan’s borders and airports, a similar despicable action that they have also applied to several Jordanian opposition leaders living aboard.

The national and international status of Jordan’s economy, public health and labor rights are sliding backward. In Aqaba Province alone, 1100 cases of “brain paralysis” have been discovered in recent weeks. The Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) puts Jordan at the 45th rank among 117 counties worldwide in the GCR 2006 report. This represents a sharp fall: from the 35th most competitive country in the GCR in 2005 to the 45th in 2006.

Further, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the US National Textile Association (NTA), filed a lawsuit against the appointed and unelected Jordanian government on Thursday, September 21, citing severe workers’ rights violations in the country: “100-hour workweeks, physical abuse, unsafe working conditions, unpaid wages, (and) distorted labor-market conditions globally.” These facts were confirmed by a report aired on Jordanian TV on Monday, October 3, 2006.

 Fahad Al-Khitan, a well-respected journalist, added in an article appeared in the Alarab Alyawm newspaper on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 that “more than 7 thousand workers were forced to live in 3 small buildings located in Al-Ramtha city, which has caused and created absolute miserable conditions and dangerous sanitation issues to those workers and other people living in nearby neighborhoods.”

The GID Director’s dirty hands and spies are everywhere, conducting despicable business on behalf and under the directions and watchful eyes of King Abdullah and members of the royal family. Like the king, the GID Director is above the law and he has absolute authority to detain any person regardless of any legal requirements and ramifications, selecting and endorsing ministers, senators, members of parliament and high ranking officials, interfering in municipal and parliament elections, passport renewals, conducting and practicing wide-range favoritism and terrorizing public employees.

For instance, Salah Al-Momani, an avid Jordanian writer living in the U.S., has been barred from renewing his Jordanian passport due to his calls for basic political reforms in his native homeland of Jordan. Further, upon direct orders from the king, death threats were recently issued by the GID to members of JNM living in Jordan and abroad, due to their constant and effective campaign for genuine constitutional changes in the current corrupt branches of the state.     

It is absolutely shameful and ludicrous to hear Queen Rania, the wife of King Abdullah, stating on Thursday, September 21, 2006, during a conference organized by Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, that the “only way to create a stable and secure world is to address global injustices, specifically in the Arab world,” while she and her husband, King Abdullah, and members of the royal family are standing in the way by not allowing the Jordanian people to elect a representative government! Queen Rania has been playing significant overt and covert political roles in the daily functions of the unelected government. She is interfering, dictating and steering the executive branch of the state. Queen Rania is assuming this unconstitutional role despite opposition from the great majority of Jordanians. She is responsible for promoting corruption and nepotism in the appointed government. While Jordanians live an impoverished life, Queen Rania spends a huge portion of the country’s resources on buying private jets, building new palaces, lavish parties, royal receptions and her very expensive fashions. 

The Hashemite family is in disarray! In an invited presentation held in Amman a few weeks ago, Prince Hassan (the former Crown Prince to the late King Hussein), asked attendees to convey to the Jordanian people that he has disowned himself officially and politically from the current regime of King Abdullah. Jordanians live under a cruel dictatorial regime that refuses dialogue with the opposition (a my way or the highway kind of mentality), imposes its will on the people, uses fear and intimidation by throwing dissidents in jail, changes governments as it pleases, and resorts to bribes to enlist supporters and appoint them in key governmental and royal court positions.

As tax payers, Jordanians are misinformed and blocked from accessing critical information related to the state budget, monetary policies of borrowing from foreign countries and even basic information such as the annual income of members of the royal family.

No one in Jordan, including members of Parliament, knows or is even allowed to discuss the budget of the royal court. King Abdullah lacks command of the Arabic language: speaks Arabic with a heavy accent and has never spoken at or attended an Arabic press conference or delivered a lengthy speech in Arabic.

 Also, the king and members of the royal spend most of their time traveling abroad spending millions of dollars, they do not pay taxes and their annual and source of income are unknown to the public or appointed government. For instance, King Abdullah recently gave each government, military and security agencies employee JD100 ($150), total of $77.5 million, for Ramadan, described by observers as a cheap bribe to silence Jordanians and reduce the heat of resentment that our people feel toward him and his oppressive regime. Jordanians are wondering where he obtained this money from and how much he has in his personal and saving accounts!

JNM stands firm to defend the rights of the people of Jordan to effect change and make genuine and speedy constitutional changes. The royal family in Jordan must understand that we will not relinquish our total commitment to these essential changes and will seek every single diplomatic avenue and peaceful mean to inform the international community of the current and future exacerbating circumstances in our homeland Jordan.

 As stated by Professor Marc Lynch in an article, written by Simon Tisdall on Tuesday November 29, 2005, in the UK-based Guardian Newspaper, “after six years in power, King Abdullah had little to show for his frequent speeches about reform. His tenure had been characterized by a steady decline in freedoms.” JNM will work consistently and wholeheartedly to reverse the regime’s absolute military-style of governance. To avoid generating new evil terrorists and suppressed people in Jordan, our friends must work hand-in-hand with us to carry out this long-awaited change swiftly, peacefully and democratically!

Cc:

President George W. Bush, U.S.A.
President Vladimir Putin, Russia
President Hu Jintao, the People's Republic of China
President Jacques Chirac, France
Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany
Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spain
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan
Senator Hilary Clinton, U.S. Senate
Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General
Steve Hadley, US National Security Adviser
Klaus Schwab, President of the World Economic Forum (WEF) 
Members of U.S. Congress
European Union, Delegation of the European Commission to the United States  
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Transparency International
U.S. and Worldwide Human Rights Organizations and Political Institutions 
U.S. and Jordanian Press and Media