8 thoughts on “Jordanian dictatorship, Washington’s ally

  1. Unemployed workers protest in Tafilah, Jordan

    On Monday, unemployed workers staged a sit-in to demand jobs in front of the governorate building of the southern city of Tafila, Jordan. The protest was broken up by heavily armed riot police. The following day, protests continued in the city centre. The protesters were again attacked by riot police who used teargas.

    http://wsws.org/articles/2012/mar2012/wkrs-m09.shtml

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  4. Electricity workers in Jordan begin indefinite strike

    Workers at the Central Electricity Generating Company (CEGCO) in Jordan began an indefinite strike Tuesday in pursuit of better pay and benefits. The firm is the largest power generator in the country and runs seven power generation plants nationwide.

    The Electricity Workers Union (EWU) said it had previously agreed a deal with CEGCO, in which the firm would increase pay and benefits.

    The EWU president Ali Hadid told the Jordan Times, “Before going on strike, we accepted this amount because we did not want to go on strike. Now, we have new demands”.

    The company said, “We offered to distribute half the money this year and give the employees the second half next year in accordance with the new system, but the union refused”, he stressed. Management is seeking to tie any new pay deal to productivity increases.

    Whilst authorising a strike, the union has organised it on the most limited basis, with the main aim of keeping CEGCO from being shut down.

    Hadid told the Jordan Times that only day shift workers were involved in the strike and that night shift workers would be working all day to ensure no power outages.

    He said, “The night shift can handle the whole job because it consists of 35 employees and the group can handle the pressure of the work”.

    http://wsws.org/articles/2012/apr2012/wkrs-a06.shtml

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  6. U.S. Military Chief In Jordan Ahead Of Large-Scale Exercise

    http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=116035

    U.S. Department of Defense
    April 22, 2012

    Dempsey Meets With Jordan’s Defense Chief, Moves on to Afghanistan
    By John D. Banusiewicz

    KABUL, Afghanistan: Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met today with his counterpart in Jordan’s capital of Amman before flying here for the second leg of an overseas trip.

    The chairman and Lt. Gen. Mashal al-Zaben, Jordan’s defense chief, discussed regional security issues.

    “Jordan is one of our most important non-NATO allies, and they’ve been actively involved with us in Afghanistan,” Dempsey told American Forces Press Service during the flight to Kabul…

    Jordan and the United States have an enduring partnership that includes exercises and exchanges, the chairman said, citing the upcoming Exercise Eager Lion 12 as an example. The exercise will bring together more than 8,000 participants from more than 15 countries over five continents. Its focus is to strengthen military-to-military relationships of participating partner nations through a joint, whole-of-government, multinational approach, Dempsey’s spokesman, Marine Corps Col. David Lapan, said yesterday in Amman.

    In his meeting with Zaben, Dempsey said, the two military leaders also discussed the Jordanian perspective on the situation in neighboring Syria.

    Upon arriving in Amman yesterday, the chairman had a series of meetings with U.S. Embassy officials and took time to meet informally with service members stationed in Amman.

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