The queen of Jordan better be careful, or she might end up bringing the entire throne down on their heads, because ”The Tribes” are pissed off at her meddling in areas that do not belong to her. KGS

NOTE: Here’s her royal whininess, “Queen Michelle” giving pointers to the queen of Jordan on how to promote their own sense of self worth, but whose only claim to fame is that she lies on her back for the top guy. In a strange way, the TT sympathizes with ”The Tribes”, we simply do not need (at least in the US, unelected) wives of leaders using their position to promote their own agendas.

UPDATE: Here’s another shot by ”The Tribes” across the royals’ bow,

The Future of Jordan

Jordan’s tribes criticize queen’s role

ArabNews: AMMAN: Jordanian tribal figures have issued a petition urging King Abdullah to end his Palestinian wife’s role in politics, in a new challenge to the monarch grappling with fallout from uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

Evoking comparisons with the wives of Tunisia’s former strongman Zine al Abidine Ben Ali and Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak, the signatories attacked Queen Rania’s Palestinian origin and accused her of using state funds to promote her image abroad without concern for the hardship of ordinary Jordanians.

The 36 figures are drawn from conservative East Bank tribes who form the backbone of the Hashemite monarchy’s support — as opposed to Jordanians of Palestinian, or West Bank, origin who are the majority of the country’s 7 million population.

“She is building power centers for her interest that go against what Jordanians and Hashemites have agreed on in governing and is a danger to the nation and the structure of the state and the political structure and the institution of the throne,” the petition said.

“Disregard for the content of the statement will throw us into what happened in Tunis and Egypt and what will happen in other Arab countries,” it added.

The unusually blunt statement reflects the deep rift between nationalist East Bank Jordanians and the majority Palestinian population, rather than a direct challenge to Abdullah’s rule.

But it keeps up pressure on the monarch who responded to anti-government protests last week by dismissing the cabinet and appointing former army officer Marouf Bakhit as prime minister.

The move, which followed a $500 million package of state aid to raise civil service salaries and curb price rises, aimed to address East Bankers’ alarm over economic liberalization by the previous government which threatened their state benefits.

3 Responses

  1. This is an important subject, KGS.

    The LIB media told us that the Shah got into trouble because of his repressive government. One needs only look at what replaced the Shah to see something wasn’t quite right about that thesis.

    What got the Shah in trouble was his queen’s urging that Iran liberalize laws limiting the rights of women to reflect western values. When the Shah did that, the clergy revolted and the rest is history.

    I’d like to think that King Abdullah is aware of this history. I mean… he could always do like Henry VIII. Eh? :+)

    1. Good point TINSC, I was just watching something on the Shah, and for once, they did report the factual part of the Shah’s reign, as well as the brutality of his regime. One thing is for sure, the Shah’s brute force pales to what the jihadis did once they took control of the reigns of power, in the first few years, over 100 000 people were murdered.

  2. Another country where the Muslim Brotherhood is working hard to destabilize the government and cause upheaval.

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