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Old 01-29-2004, 02:41 AM
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What does it say about your country and your country educational system when the king has to send their children out of the country to be educated.........sheesh........and how come jordanians like to criticize the west when they not only send their children their but also frequently married these outsiders????????? of course jordan is not the only country...but i just wanted to know
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Old 01-29-2004, 01:47 PM
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Originally posted by mya@Jan 29th, 2004 - 1:41 am
What does it say about your country and your country educational system when the king has to send their children out of the country to be educated.........sheesh........and how come jordanians like to criticize the west when they not only send their children their but also frequently married these outsiders????????? of course jordan is not the only country...but i just wanted to know
but as you say, it's such a common practice of royalty. Well except for Great Britain, and that seems to be where all foreign royals send their kids...lol

I suppose it says "we have the funds to do this" but I also thought it was part of a multi cultural education so that they can come back to their country with 'fresh eyes' of the world.
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Old 01-29-2004, 02:52 PM
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Oh interesting to know about little Prince Hussein is away and go to school oversea.
I never knew about it.

Does he go to boarding school, or stay with his Grandma Princess Muna formerly
(Antoinette Gardner). King Abdullah mum...

Do you anything about this? as i am interesting to know.
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Old 01-31-2004, 01:48 PM
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JARASH, JORDAN: Jordan&#39;s King Abdullah II is received by a Jordanian family during his visit to the ancient city of Jarash 28 January 2004. The king visited the town&#39;s people prior to the up coming Eid al-Adha, at the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca known as the Hajj and carried out by millions of Muslims. The king listened to the people&#39;s complaints, worries and needs. Yousef ALLAN/AFP/Getty Images

King Abdullah in Jarash, Jordan
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Old 02-09-2004, 12:33 AM
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Jordan is embarking on a radical reform process aimed at modernising the country&#39;s political system.

One of the key reforms is getting Jordanian women more involved in public affairs.

The country&#39;s monarch, King Abdullah, is behind the moves giving women a bigger and more active role in the political process.

Late last year, he dissolved the upper house of parliament and appointed seven women - the highest number ever - to a new 55-member body.

He also created a special quota system to ensure women would be elected to the lower chamber where they now number six out of 110 members.

Change from above

The king also appointed a female minister, Asma Khader, to serve as the government&#39;s spokesperson.

Ms Khader is a prominent lawyer and champion of human rights, particularly women&#39;s rights.

Jordan&#39;s Prime Minister, Faisal Fayex, for his part, has also urged women&#39;s organisations to spur political development in the country.

But some question whether engineering change from above will work in Jordan&#39;s traditional society.

The newly appointed senator, Wijdan Talhouni Saket, said King Abdullah is setting the right example to help build democracy in this tribal desert monarchy.

"Jordan is a very conservative society. It is a society of men," she explained.

"Usually men never give their places easily for women if we don&#39;t push for it.

"I think this is a first step."

She said the women appointed and elected by the quota system to parliament are mainly activists.

"I am sure and expecting that we are going to do a lot because we have the means, the experience, and now we are encouraged by His Majesty and Queen Rania," she said.

"All of us worked in civil society."

&#39;Too conservative&#39;

Senator Saket has been involved in grassroots development work for the past 20 years.

She has helped launch 250 middle and lower-income women into business by providing facilities, skills and training at her Jordan Forum for Business and Professional Women in the Garden district of Amman.

She said she is contributing her practical business know-how to parliament to help tackle the country&#39;s staggering 17% unemployment rate.

But some people argue it will take more than just introducing more women into parliament to change Jordan&#39;s political landscape.


Former minister of information, Leila Sharaf, said she did not initially support the idea of a special quota for women.

"I was against it at first," she explained, "because I thought that a quota may bring women who are not experienced in public life, women who are too conservative to push for women&#39;s rights or that it may slacken the women&#39;s movement."

But Ms Sharaf argues that the country&#39;s current election law of one person, one vote will not break the stigma against voting for women.

The quota system may need to be used again for the next parliamentary election, she said, until Jordanians become more accustomed to seeing women in public office.

Exceptions

Amman-based analyst Joost Hiltermann of the International Crisis Group research institute agrees.

"This is a conservative, traditional society. Women can run for election but the chances of their winning are not great," he said.

"In a free and fair election where you are elected as a Jordanian citizen, it is very tough for women to be elected.

"That is the reality.We are talking about exceptions, not about the rule."

He said this reason makes the king&#39;s personal intervention to introduce change plausible.

"Appointing women to public office may be a good way to set a model.

"Here, women are taking positions of authority, they can do it and there is nothing wrong with it."

Although this is just one of many reforms King Abdullah is initiating, critics say a number still concentrate power in the hands of the king and do not go far enough.

Another problem is they have not caught on at the grassroots level.

Recently, a lawmaker from the conservative district of Ma&#39;an in the south of the country said women&#39;s development is not on his agenda.

The 42-year old monarch may find himself facing an uphill battle with Jordan&#39;s traditional stalwarts to create the kind of society he wants to become an example to the rest of the Middle East.
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Old 02-09-2004, 07:29 PM
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February 9, 2004. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meets with Jordan&#39;s King Abdullah II in Damascus. The two Arab leaders formally launched a dam project on the two countries&#39; Yarmuk River border today at a ceremony in northern Jordan. The king and the president unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the event before heading to Damascus for official talks.


Sitting

Greeting

Unveiling a plaque

U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld talks with Jordan&#39;s King Abdullah at the 40th Munich Conference on Security Policy in Munich, Germany, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004.

King and Rumsfield

King in Munich

King in Munich
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Old 02-09-2004, 09:28 PM
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(Getty Images) MUNICH, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 8: King Abdullah II of Jordan speaks at the Conference On Security Policy February 8, 2004 in Munich, Germany. Members of NATO are in Munich to discuss security and the threat of terrorism until February 8.

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Old 02-12-2004, 03:20 PM
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Jordan&#39;s King Abdullah II receives former Israeli premier and Labor Party chief Shimon Peres at his private residence in Amman 10 February 2004. Peres told the Jordanian monarch the establishment of a Palestinian state holds the key to Middle East peace, Petra news agency said. The opposition Israeli leader was on a "private visit" to Jordan, which made peace with Israel in 1994. Israel&#39;s former Labor Party leader and defense minister Benjamin Ben Aliezer is seen in the center of the picture.

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Old 02-17-2004, 06:39 AM
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It&#39;s so lovely to see that the people love him so much&#33; He is so concerned about his people&#33;

I love him too, he is a great king&#33;&#33;&#33; :flower:
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Old 02-19-2004, 12:37 PM
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Jordan&#39;s King Abdullah II meets with South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon in Amman 19 February 2004.

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Old 02-19-2004, 03:15 PM
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King Abdullah dresses differently than the other kings or presidents. he can connect to people around him much more than anyone else
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Old 02-22-2004, 07:43 AM
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happy new year queen rania 1425 when i was in macca in 1994 the queen rania had the prince el hussein i wish you happiness love and god bless you .
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Old 03-02-2004, 04:48 AM
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DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 1: Queen Rania of Jordan attends an International Youth Foundation urban regeneration site at the Fatima Mansions on March 1, 2004 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by ShowBiz Ireland/Getty Images)
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Old 03-02-2004, 10:03 AM
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Queen Rania in London for a children&#39;s cause.

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Old 03-02-2004, 11:41 AM
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Famed for her philanthropic work, Queen Rania of Jordan has been championing a cause close to her heart, jetting into London to launch a worldwide children&#39;s initiative
Famed for her charity work, or for her clothes&#33; :)
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Old 03-29-2004, 04:11 AM
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan gave a dinner reception at Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul on tuesday evening. 03/16/2004. Jordan King together with his wife flied to Istanbul after meeting in Ankara.

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Old 03-29-2004, 05:13 AM
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QUEEN RANIA VISITING SOS CHILDREN'S VILLAGE, AMMAN, JORDAN - 21 MAR 2004

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Old 03-29-2004, 06:53 AM
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Queen Rania of Jordan meets children from Fatima Mansions, Dublin Monday March1, 2004. The Queen, who is patron of The International Youth Federation, was there to offer her support to the local people who are regenerating their estate. King Abdullah and Queen Rania were on an official one day visit to Ireland.

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I saw a picture of Queen Rania at the Jaresh festival for 2004 wearing a beautiful burgandy dress. I saw in the yahoo group of Magikal Rania under the Fashion folder and then the Handbag folder.... i know she&#39;s known for her handbags. what I can&#39;t see properly is the watermark of the agency that took the photograph... all is see is aap and then i can&#39;t make out what comes after. i&#39;d like to take a look at other photographs of the dress.

If anyone knows please let me know. thanks.
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