Sunday, November 18, 2012

Protests in Jordan

Reuters pic

Jordan has so far largely avoided the unrest that has swept across the Middle East over the past two years but since Wednesday, angry protests that were unpremediated erupted in towns and cities calling for “downfall of the regime”. This was purportedly because of a decision to raise fuel prices. But really, it is inconceivable that any country can ignore the increasingly loud voices that are demanding change everywhere. Not Jordan, not even Malaysia.

As one activist and blogger, Kamal Khoury said: "It's popular and spontaneous; it was not called by activists and Islamists. It was regular people going crazy about what's going on".

But I gave the news my undivided attention when I read that Brotherhood leader Sheikh Hamam Said had said that “the King should speed reforms that restore power to the people to allow it to put the corrupt on trial and restore embezzled money to the people” (Webpage, published November 17, 2012). Does it not ring a bell?

In this country, Malaysians too have the same wish.

Celtic returned to winning ways in the SPL as they overcame stuffy resistance from Aberdeen by a margin of two goals to none. Substitute Lassad Nouioui stroked home on 73 minutes and then Charlie Mulgrew arrowed a neat finish into the bottom corner four minutes later to ensure Celtic move back to the top of the table.

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