Abbas UN Speech: A Bombshell or a Sound BombBy Abdel Bari Atwan As the Palestinian flag was ceremoniously raised for the first time outside the UN Headquarters in New York, Palestinian President Abbas took to the rostrum for his annual address. He surprised everyone by using the occasion to tear up the Oslo accords, despite American pressure and Israeli threats, offering a robust description of Israeli war crimes and describing Palestine as a State under occupation. He said that the PA would no longer co-operate on security with Israel, stressing that Israel ‘must assume fully all its responsibility as an occupying power.’
“Our patience for a long time has come to an end,” Abbas told the U.N. General Assembly. “Israel has left us no choice but to insist that we will not remain the only ones committed to the implementation of those agreements while Israel continuously violates them……..
“Is it not time to end the racist, terrorist, colonialist settlement of our land, which is enjoying the two-state solution?” he asked. “Is it not time for the longest occupation in history, suffocating our people, to come to an end?”
It remains to be seen what the practical outcomes of this dramatic new stance will be. Abbas is still in New York but it possible that the Israelis will refuse to allow him back into Ramallah or besiege him in his headquarters there as they did the late martyr, Yasser Arafat, in retaliation for his having sparked the second intifada.
Palestinian opinion is divided as to the seriousness of Abbas’s stance. There are those who say that this is a diplomatic manoeuvre designed to up the international pressure on Israel to adopt a less confrontational stance and deal with the illegal settlements issue; others, however, are adamant that Abbas means business and will implement his decision upon his return to Ramallah if, indeed, he is not prevented by Israel.President Abbas talked about Palestinian national unity and resistance; if he is really serious he deserves all possible support and assistance, but if these are empty threats – like all his previous threats – then this so-called bombshell will be no more than a sound-bomb. We hope this is not the case but if it is then Abbas has to resign. Abbas’s words were the words that the Palestinian people demand him to say and they came 15 years too late but it is better that they have finally been spoken than never at all. If these words are translated into action on the ground then President Abbas has booked his place in history, and erased his many mistakes. This is our hope and the hope of the vast majority of the Palestinian people.
Bee Gees- Immortality
Every year, 20 Jordanian women are killed because of “family honor.” In 2011, societal pressure forced Jordan’s parliament to backtrack on amending Article 76 of the temporary penal code whereby “the use of mitigating reasons for assault crimes” would have been abolished. This article protects the perpetrators of honor crimes who often benefit from mitigating reasons and avoid receiving a deterring punishment.
A 2011 study titled “Cultural and Legal Discrimination Against Jordanian Girls” polled the country’s main population centers (the capital Amman, Zarqa, Irbid, Mafraq, Aqaba and Karak) and found that 80.9% of parents believe that protecting the female equates to protecting the family’s honor. Among those polled, 55% believed that a woman should be accompanied by her brother when she is outside the house; 66% are opposed to women having the same rights as a men of the same age with regard to being unaccompanied outside the house; 49% are opposed to a female child playing outside the house; and 29% say that all women should get married regardless of their education. According to the study, 29% of those polled said their convictions emanate from traditions, 25.1% said their convictions emanate from personal attitudes, 16% attributed their convictions to societal factors and 15.5% to religion.
Kingdom fourth best Arab country for women — survey
LONDON — Jordan is the fourth best country in the Arab world to be a woman, a poll of gender experts showed on Tuesday.
The Kingdom scored 58.218 points, ahead of Qatar, Tunisia and Algeria.
Comoros, where women hold 20 per cent of ministerial positions and where wives generally keep land or the home after divorce, came on top, followed by Oman and Kuwait.
The poll by Thomson Reuters’ philanthropic arm surveyed 336 gender experts in August and September in 21 Arab League states and Syria, which was a founding member of the Arab League but was suspended in 2011.
Questions were based on provisions of the UN Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which 19 Arab states have signed or ratified.
The poll assessed violence against women, reproductive rights, treatment of women within the family, their integration into society and attitudes towards a woman’s role in politics and the economy.
Experts were asked to respond to statements and rate the importance of factors affecting women’s rights across the six categories. Their responses were converted into scores, which were averaged to create a ranking.
Egypt is the worst country in the Arab world to be a woman, according to the poll, citing sexual harassment, high rates of female genital mutilation and a surge in violence.
Discriminatory laws and a spike in trafficking also contributed to Egypt’s place at the bottom of a ranking of 22 Arab states, the Thomson Reuters Foundation survey found.
Despite hopes that women would be one of the prime beneficiaries of the Arab Spring, they have instead been some of the biggest losers, as the revolts have brought conflict, instability, displacement and a rise in Islamist groups in many parts of the region, experts said.
“We removed the Mubarak from our presidential palace, but we still have to remove the Mubarak who lives in our minds and in our bedrooms,” Egyptian columnist Mona Eltahawy said, referring to Egypt’s toppled dictator, Hosni Mubarak.
“As the miserable poll results show, we women need a double revolution, one against the various dictators who’ve ruined our countries and the other against a toxic mix of culture and religion that ruin our lives as women.”
The foundation’s third annual women’s rights poll gives a comprehensive snapshot of the state of women’s rights in the Arab world three years after the events of 2011 and as Syria’s conflict threatens further regional upheaval.
Iraq ranked second-worst after Egypt, followed by Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen.
Egypt scored badly in almost all categories.
A UN report on women in April said 99.3 per cent of women and girls are subjected to sexual harassment in Egypt.
Human Rights Watch reported that 91 women were raped or sexually assaulted in public in Tahrir Square in June as anti-Mohamed Morsi protests heated up.
“There are whole villages on the outskirts of Cairo and elsewhere where the bulk of economic activity is based on trafficking in women and forced marriages,” said Zahra Radwan, Middle East and North Africa programme officer for the Global Fund for Women, a US-based rights group.
Female genital mutilation is endemic in Egypt, where 91 per cent of women and girls — 27.2 million in all — are subjected to cutting, according to UNICEF. Only Djibouti has a higher rate, with 93 per cent of women and girls cut.
In Iraq, women’s freedoms have regressed since the US-led 2003 invasion and overthrow of Saddam Hussein, the poll showed.
Domestic abuse and prostitution have increased, illiteracy has soared and up to 10 per cent of women — or 1.6 million — have been left widowed and vulnerable, according to Refugees International.
In Saudi Arabia, ranked third worst, experts noted some advances. S. Arabia remains the only country that bans female drivers but cautious reforms pushed by King Abdullah have given women more employment opportunities and a greater public voice.
Since January, 30 women have been appointed in the 150-member shura council, but the council has no legislative or budgetary powers.
Saudi Arabia’s guardianship system forbids women from working, travelling abroad, opening a bank account or enrolling in higher education without permission from a male relative.
Syria’s civil war has had a devastating impact on women at home and in refugee camps across borders, where they are vulnerable to trafficking, forced and child marriage and sexual violence, experts said.
Rights groups say forces loyal to President Bashar Assad have targeted women with rape and torture, while hardline Islamists have stripped them of rights in rebel-held territory.
The poll highlighted a mixed picture for women’s rights in other Arab Spring countries.
In Yemen, ranked fifth worst, women protested side-by-side with men during the 2011 revolution and there is a 30 per cent quota for women in a national dialogue conference convened to discuss constitutional reforms.
But they face an uphill struggle for rights in a largely conservative country where child marriage is common.
In Libya, ranked 14th for women’s rights, experts voiced concern over the spread of armed militias and a rise in kidnapping, extortion, random arrests and physical abuse of women.
In Tunisia, ranked best among Arab Spring nations, women hold 27 per cent of seats in national parliament and contraception is legal, but polygamy is spreading and inheritance laws are biased towards males.
Along with Syria, all Arab League member states except Somalia and Sudan have signed or ratified CEDAW.
In the absence of full statehood recognition for the Palestinian territories, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas symbolically endorsed the convention on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.
But protection offered by CEDAW is superficial, experts said. Signatories may raise reservations against any article that contradicts Sharia (Islamic law), a country’s family code, personal status laws or any piece of national legislation.
Annoucer in a fit of laughter
عمان الأردنية ترحب بكم
صحيفة عمان الأردنية تناشد الشركات والمؤسسات ايجاد فرص عمل لابنائنا الشباب الأردنيين لأنهم جيل المستقبل وسنبقى نناشد ونناشد من هذا المنبر الحر حتى نجد فرصة عمل لهم
فرص عمل للأردنيين في سلطنة عمان
أعلنت وزارة العمل عن توفر فرص عمل مجال الهندسة في سلطنة عمان في مختلف التخصصات شريطة أن يكون المتقدم لديه خبرة لا تقل عن ثلاث سنوات و يجيد اللغة الإنجليزية و لديه مهارة اتصال عالية و رخصة قيادة.
علما بأن المقبولين سيحصلون على تذاكر سفر و سكن و سيارة مع مصاريفها و تأمين صحي.
لمن يرغب بالتقدم إرسال السيرة الذاتية عبر البريد الإلكتروني : email@example.com
و للراغبين بالحصول على المزيد من المعلومات عن هذه الفرص الدخول والتسجيل على النظام الوطني للتشغيل الإلكتروني www.nees.jo
وزارة العمل تعلن عن توفر فرص عمل
The first Jordanian Newspaper online
published in Four languages
Abdel Bari Atwan
The Middle East: Ready To Explode
Fighter planes from all around the world are flying over Syria; why the state of Bangladesh has yet to participate in this pilgrimage we can only guess
The Syrian crisis, which began nearly five years ago, was initially simply aimed at one end – to topple President Bashar al-Assad’s regime by civilian uprising. Now that armed uprising, which was answered with extreme violence, has spawned a multitude of regional and international conflicts which could end all wars. The original crisis, which now seems so small, has been all but forgotten.
There are three major evolving situations that should be ringing alarm bells:
First: the growing tension between Turkey and the United States on the one hand, and Iraq, Iran and Russia on the other, after Ankara dispatched 300 troops, backed by 150 tanks to Nineveh (Mosul), uninvited. Haider Abadi, Iraq’s prime minister said the move was provocative and a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty. Turkey was given 48 hours to withdraw before Baghdad would take action which might include an appeal to the UN Security Council, or military action as demanded by some in the Iraqi administration. This latest crisis comes hot on the heels of the downing of a Russian fighter plane by Turkey which had already seen Ankara and Moscow at loggerheads.
Second: the killing, on Monday, of three Syrian soldiers by US-led coalition airstrikes in Deir Ezzour. Washington has denied the incident, saying the only bombardment carried out that day was of an oil well 55 kilometres away, but it has been confirmed by Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory. Damascus has filed a complaint to the UN Security Council (UNSC) to protest against this aggression, which constitutes a violation of its sovereignty, and has asked the UNSC to act to prevent its occurrence. If, as the US claim, its planes were not behind the airstrikes, who was? Neither the Islamic State not the armed opposition have planes.
Third: the escalating crisis regarding the sale of oil emanating from facilities under the control of the Islamic State. Iran, Iraq and Russia on the one hand have all accused Turkey of facilitating the passage of blackmarket crude and Iranian media outlets even alleged that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and members of his family had personally benefitted. Erdogan reacted furiously and called Iranian President Hassan Rohani personally; whatever threats he made hit their mark because the allegations stopped immediately but the very next day the same charges were being repeated by Iraqi PM Abadi.
Paradoxically, this Islamic State oil crisis comes at the same time as the ongoing feud between Iran and Saudi Arabia has seen OPEC fail to rein in oil production and prevent prices tumbling still further, below $40 with $30 becoming a real possibility as Iran prepares to start pumping millions more barrels per day as sanctions are lifted.
The Syrian file is full of contradictions and mysteries. It is impossible to make sense of it and we no longer know who is friend and who is foe; alliances are formed and broken every day and the roles of the key players are constantly changing. Who would have thought that President Assad, the pariah of the international scene, would be complaining to the UNSC and be taken seriously there?
With so many ongoing tensions, it is only a matter of time before one of them detonates the inevitable explosion which may spread warfare beyond the region and become international. The only question is which one will it be?
Jordan’s public sector seen more corrupt this year — report
AMMAN — Jordan’s public sector is perceived to be more corrupt than last year, graft watchdog Transparency International (TI) said in a statement on Tuesday, as the Kingdom scored 45 points on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2013, compared with 48 in 2012.
Jordan ranked 66 among the 177 countries surveyed, compared with 58 last year.
Two-thirds of the countries surveyed scored below 50, on a scale from 0, perceived to be highly corrupt, to 100, perceived to be very clean.
The Berlin-based non-profit group said the result indicates the world has a “serious, worldwide corruption problem” that needs to be addressed.
The UAE is perceived to be the cleanest in the MENA region, while Sudan is seen to be the most corrupt.
The CPI saw Jordan’s regional ranking drop to the sixth among Arab countries compared to the fourth last year, after Oman and Saudi Arabia gained on the Kingdom.
According to the graft index, Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia are seen as the world’s most corrupt countries while Denmark and New Zealand are nearly squeaky-clean.
The most widely used indicator of corruption in political parties, police, justice systems and civil services worldwide, the CPI is a composite index of surveys and assessments of corruption collected from independent institutions.
The nature of corruption makes it impossible to measure meaningfully, says TI, which leads the group to collect data from institutions like the World Bank, African Development Bank, Economist Intelligence Unit, Bertelsmann Foundation, Freedom House and others.
Among countries that have slipped the most on CPI 2013 are war-torn Syria, Libya and Mali.
In a statement on its website, TI said the world urgently needs a renewed effort to crack down on money laundering, clean up political finance, pursue the return of stolen assets and build more transparent public institutions.
Bee Gees :To love somebody
From Our Own Correspondent
All Rights Reserved - ammannewspaper.com © 2011 - Powered By Morekeys