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Gas deal with Israel proves Jordan is still a client state

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16.10.2019

Considerable attention is paid by Western media to the governments of official enemies, when they lack democracy.

The Western media’s long attention span for Syria’s democratic deficiencies, as one example, is all too often not motivated by genuine concern for the peoples of the region, but by subservience to their governments’ foreign policies. How do we know this? We know this because of the relative lack of attention to the democratic shortcomings of official allies in the region, such as Saudi Arabia (a brutal, absolutist monarchy), Egypt (a military dictatorship) and Jordan.

Jordan is a particularly under-reported case in point.

The state is not a democracy by any stretch of the imagination. Its parliament is essentially powerless, with the real decision-makers being the king and his court.

Yet, the country is considered to be an ‘ally’ of governments in the US and in Europe, so when Jordan is covered by the subservient Western press (rarely), it tends to be in fawning terms.

Jordan has always been a powerless client state, submissive to Western imperialist forces.

READ: Female Jordanian prisoner in Israel jail living ‘with cockroaches in dungeon’

Founded as a kingdom in 1946 and at first named Transjordan, the state was essentially a British protectorate.

Its army, the Arab Legion, had been formed to fight against the Ottomans during World War I. For decades, its officers were all British men. Even after Arabisation of its army command in 1956, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan remained aligned to the US-UK Western sphere during the........

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