10 thoughts on “Jordan keeps fighting for democracy

  1. Well, the Hashemite monarchy in Jordan has not been there for “thousands of years”. They were only brought in by the British after World War I, from what is now Saudi Arabia.


  2. 1) Syria in travail, Abdalaziz al-Khair
    2) Annan plan helps to stop violence, Haytham Manna
    3) Again, thank you for nothing!, Subhi Hadidi

    Assad is continuing his repression drowning the democratic demands of the Syrian people in blood. The Annan mission is not hindering him much.

    But it is still a large mistake to consider the peace plan as a help to Assad. This is only true for all those who want all out war and foreign military intervention instead of a revolutionary democratic mass movement.

    The victory of the democratic revolution is first of all a POLITICAL problem, not a MILITARY one. It is obvious that the Assad regime maintains some support beyond the top elite based on the fear of the minorities of a Saudi-type rule. Military escalation thus helps Assad to compact his supporters, while de-escalation, mass involvement, supra-confessionalism is key to gain consensus for the revolution which needs more time to succeed. Actually Assad and the pro-Gulf forces as siblings and as such both enemies of the revolution which need to be politically marginalised.

    The Annan plan need to be taken as a chance to expose the regime’s total refusal of any significant concession. To refuse it is superficial radicalism to cover dependence on foreign support to destroy the revolution.

    The Syrian revolution will succeed by the forces of its own people – or defeated by foreign “help”!


    1) Syria in travail
    Interview with Abdalaziz al-Khair, leading figure of the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change, Syria

    Abdalaziz al-Khair was a leading member of the Communist Action Party. He was persecuted and had to live underground for more than ten years. He was arrested and tortured in 1992, sentenced to 22 years and released in 2005. In 2007 he participated in founding the “Left Assembly”, which included the Communist Action Party, the Kurdish Left Party, the Body of Syrian Communists, the Marxist Democratic Assembly and the Coordination Committee of the Members of the Syrian Communist Party – Politburo.

    Dialogue in itself is not a problem, as long as you stick to your principles. It is one method of struggle which might serve the revolution’s goal at a certain stage, depending on the balance of forces. You can sit at the negotiation table with a friend, an enemy or a rival, and remain radical and true to your goals and acting to realize them. Or you can surrender and raise the white flag on the battlefield without dialogue as well. All this has happened many times in history in many parts of the world. Rejecting or accepting dialogue is a measure neither of radicalism nor of strength or weakness. The measure and proof is in how you act and what positions you adopt at the negotiating table and away from it, in order to serve your goals in the best possible way.



    2) Annan plan helps to stop violence
    Haitham Manna, spokesman of the Syrian „National Coordination Body for Democratic Change” (NCB), in Vienna

    The NCB supports the peace plan by Kofi Annan, as for the time being there is no other solution in sight. “The main obstacle for democratic progress is the violence which has already pushed the country on the brink of civil war. We need to stop it. Only then the popular movement can develop enough power.”

    Haitham Manna reproached the Syrian National Council (SNC) and the armed groups and said that they wanted to foil the Annan plan in order to further militarize the situation and to provoke a foreign military intervention – something which is categorically refused by his own organisation, the SCB.



    3) Again, thank you for nothing!
    On a friendship that mixes poison into honey
    Subhi Hadidi

    As the Syrian regime is crushing the sons and daughters of its rival and greatest enemy – the uprising, with fire and all lethal weapons, some “friends” of the uprising around the world are scrambling against it as well, under countless flimsy banners, pretending to support it, and demanding financial and military support. In fact they do not serve the peoples’ movement as much as it pours in the regimes benefit.



  3. Woman sues bank over dress sacking

    Jordan: A Jordanian woman said yesterday that she is suing her Gulf Arab employer for sacking her because she refused to cover her head.

    Vivian Salameh, a manager at the Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank since March 2010 until she was fired a week ago, said: “I’m Christian – why should I wear something not dictated by my religion?”

    The bank confirmed she was fired for not following a new dress code, “which is a reflection of our conservative Muslim traditions and values.”



  4. For democracy, social justice, peace and national sovereignty

    1) Syria: popular revolution to avoid civil war
    2) International Solidarity Initiative with the Syrian People
    3) Endorsers


    1) Popular revolution to avoid civil war
    Preamble to the Int’l Solidarity Initiative with the Syrian People after the massacre of

    The Annan plan is not able to stop the repression and the killing ? as the last massacre
    in Houla has shown. The political responsible for this is the Assad regime as it
    continues to negate the legitimate democratic demands of the Syrian people. It is
    targeting all political expressions including peaceful demonstrations and all expressions
    of popular organisation.



    2) For democracy, social justice, peace and national sovereignty
    International Solidarity Initiative with the Syrian People

    As democratic, peace-loving and anti-colonial people we are very much concerned with the
    escalating conflict in Syria and especially with the growing international meddling which
    could lead into a confessional civil war to the detriment of the Syrian, Palestinian and
    other oppressed peoples of the world at large.



    3) Endorsers

    ? Leo Gabriel, journalist, social anthropologist and member of the International Council
    of the World Social Forum, Vienna, Austria
    ? Moreno Pasquinelli, Anti-imperialist Camp, Assisi, Italy
    ? Carlos Varea González, university professor and leading member of the ?Campaign against
    the Occupation and for the Sovereignty of Iraq? (CEOSI), Madrid, Spain
    ? Santiago Alba Rico, Spanish writer, resident in Tunis, Tunisia
    ? Nasir Loyand, foreign relations responsible of the Left Radical of Afghanistan (LRA),
    ? Atilio A. Boron, political scientist, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    ? Carlos Taibo, writer, publisher and professor of Ciencia Política y de la
    Administración en la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
    ? Gilberto López y Rivas, research professor at the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e
    Historia, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
    ? Samah Idriss, writer and editor, Beirut, Lebanon
    ? Fouad Ibrahim, democratic oppositionist from Saudi Arabia, London, England
    ? Said Shihabi, leader of the ?Movement Free Bahrain?, London, England
    ? Anton Stengl, publisher and translator, Munich, Germany
    ? Zouhaier Maghzaoui, Popular Movememnt, Tunisia
    ? Wolfgang Gombocz, retired University Professor, Graz University, resp. Corresponding
    Member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Graz, Austria

    and many more:


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