May 11, 2003 |
Hailed by some in the Pentagon as a pro-American visionary and an emerging leader of the new Iraq, Ahmad Chalabi evokes quite a different response in Jordan, where he spent 12 years and left behind economic chaos, a court conviction on numerous financial charges -- and a lengthy prison term he never served. The Iraqi dissident's sojourn here engendered a complex web of ambition, money and political intrigue.
August 24, 2002 |
With the Palestinian intifada raging to the west and the prospect of a U.S. invasion of Iraq to the east, Jordan once again finds itself trapped in the middle, aggravating the sense of gloom and anxiety that grips the nation. For this resource-poor but strategically important country, having to decide between its two main partners, the United States and Iraq, is a lose-lose proposition.
March 17, 2002 |
Jordan's King Abdullah II is urging the Bush administration to abandon ideas of taking on the regime of Saddam Hussein, predicting that any U.S. military action against Iraq could produce an "Armageddon" in the Middle East. In a telephone interview as he arrived in California for a visit that began this weekend, Abdullah warned that a U.S.
July 31, 2001 |
In his latest undercover expedition, Jordan's king disguised himself in old clothes and slipped out of his hilltop palace in Amman, the capital, to find out how his subjects are treated at the tax department, officials and a newspaper reported. King Abdullah II, 39, has become known for such exploits since ascending to the throne after the death of his father, King Hussein, in February 1999. Abdullah--sporting a white beard--wore shabby white Arab clothing and a traditional headdress.
April 8, 2001 |
King Abdullah II bridges the past and the future in the Middle East. Jordan's new monarch can trace his family back 43 generations--almost 1,400 years--to the Prophet Mohammed, founder of Islam. Yet, on his recently launched website, kingabdullah.jo, he says that his vision for "a new Jordan" centers on "global integration." He's an advocate of women's rights, democratic reforms, press freedoms and membership in the World Trade Organization.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2000
Re "Tough Choice for Barak," editorial, Oct. 24: The "tough choice" lies squarely with Yasser Arafat. I don't recall seeing Israelis rioting in Ramallah, shooting and throwing Molotov cocktails and chunks of cement at Palestinian Authority police. Nor do I recall televised coverage of an angry mob of Israelis storming the Palestinian Authority police station in Nablus to lynch Muslim prisoners. You stated, "Arab leaders worry that the calls they are hearing for action against Israel might suddenly be redirected against them."