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« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2007, 12:42:28 AM »

I heard that Noor and Hussein's relationship had problems because of his womanizing.  I also heard that she has a home in the US and that she spends a significant amount of time here. 

I think that it was very unrealistic of her to think that her young son would be able to rule Jordan.  I think that it is a difficult job even for Abdullah, and I would not be surprised if there was an uprising against the monarchy.   Noor's son would have even more difficulty.  He is young and inexperienced and his mother is an American.   
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« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2007, 03:35:42 PM »

I heard that Noor and Hussein's relationship had problems because of his womanizing.  I also heard that she has a home in the US and that she spends a significant amount of time here.
There  have been lots of rumours of his womanising, I wouldn't be surprised, most of these Arab rulers seem the same in that repect.

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I think that it was very unrealistic of her to think that her young son would be able to rule Jordan.  I think that it is a difficult job even for Abdullah, and I would not be surprised if there was an uprising against the monarchy.   Noor's son would have even more difficulty.  He is young and inexperienced and his mother is an American.   
Well, Abdullah's mother is British so....

Either way it would have been unconstitutional for any son other than Abdullah to have become king.
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« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2007, 03:42:16 PM »

MENAFN - Jordan Times) AMMAN � Around 500 female scholars and business leaders from different parts of the world will meet in Amman next week to dispel deepening misconceptions between the East and the West.

Held under the theme: "Building Bridges - Breaking Walls" and organised by the International Women's Forum (IWF) Jordan chapter, the event aims to expand understanding to enhance the prospects of a more sustainable future, the forum's president, Reem Abu Hassan, told a press conference on Tuesday.


It will also offer a first-of-its-kind global exchange for women leaders and a way forward for mutual respect and peaceful coexistence, Abu Hassan added.

Her Majesty Queen Rania, the honorary president of IWF Jordan, will act as patron of the three-day event, which starts on May 14 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel
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"The conference seeks to bridge the gap between Middle Eastern and Western societies through concerted dialogue to clarify and expose mutual myths and pre-conceived ideas on complex issues pertaining to democracy, educational systems and the role of women," Abu Hassan said.

"Women all over the world should participate in the ongoing dialogue and make their voices heard," she added.

During the event, participants will focus on topics such as Islam, democracy and modernisation, faith, identity and coexistence, education, culture and competitiveness, Arab women parliamentarians � another perspective, the future of the Arab world, and Arab women: Myths, misperceptions and realties.


Founded in October 2003, the IWF Jordan chapter is a private independent association of women who have achieved valuable accomplishments in public life, private sector or civic society.

It seeks to be a catalyst in the acceleration of the proactive participation of Jordanian women in their own communities.

The foundation seeks to promote better opportunities for Jordanian women in leadership, and assist them to reach the levels of achievement that IWF members worldwide have been able to accomplish.

The IWF has identified the following areas to be of particular importance for women leaders: Communications and conflict resolution, projection of leadership, public speaking and media, career management, human resources management for leaders, reform and the financial sector and corporate governance.

Founded in 1982 in the United States, the IWF has expanded across five continents into 21 nations and 60 affiliated forum locations.

Presently, there are over 3,500 women leader/members participating in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, the Pacific basin, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

http://www.menafn.com/qn_..._s.asp?StoryId=1093152430
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« Reply #18 on: May 12, 2007, 03:43:28 PM »

Wow!

Next week we have the IWF conference 14-16th
Nobel Laureates at Petra 15-16th
WEF 18-20

Rania will attend all 3 so she's going to have a busy week!
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« Reply #19 on: May 12, 2007, 05:31:01 PM »

Princess Alia was at a chartiy dinner. It also seems to have included a fashion show.
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« Reply #20 on: May 12, 2007, 05:31:51 PM »

More questions with Queen Rania
http://www.time.com/time/...le/0,8599,1619826,00.html
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« Reply #21 on: May 12, 2007, 08:14:21 PM »

Apart from honor killings, alas, no mention of ongoing torture and lack of press freedom.  Might she not exert some influence there? 

http://web.amnesty.org/report2005/jor-summary-eng

http://www.amnestyusa.org...n1=3&n2=30&n3=929
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« Reply #22 on: May 12, 2007, 08:51:45 PM »

http://www.peacewomen.org...2003/September/Rania.html

http://www.albawaba.com/en/countries/175921

http://www.time.com/time/...le/0,9171,1619564,00.html

http://www.khaleejtimes.c...l/middleeast_April399.xml

http://www.jordanembassyus.org/10142001003.htm

http://www.hellomagazine.com/profiles/queenrania/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3829139.stm

Queen Rania's contribution in condemnation of honour killing is well documented.

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« Reply #23 on: May 12, 2007, 08:57:42 PM »

I hope it doesn't put her life at risk speaking out about such contenscious issues.
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« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2007, 09:06:57 PM »

With so much conflict, and conflicting opinions in that part of the world, her safety must be a priority, as her late father in law King Hussein was testimony to, having survived many assasination attempts during his life time.

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« Reply #25 on: May 12, 2007, 09:12:23 PM »

All this is true.  Rania and her husband are obviously more pro-Western than many of their subjects and this makes their live perilous and their situation very different from European monarchs.

However, even accounting for this, it is a shame that restrictions on freedom of expression have, according to what I have read, become harsher during Abdullah's reign.  I don't think this is pro-Western (is it?) - maybe the ends justify the means but it is still, IMO, in the long term, a perilous course. 

Why doesn't he abolish the death penalty BTW - or at least enforce it for honor killings, which do not currently merit it?



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« Reply #26 on: May 12, 2007, 09:31:56 PM »

'Queen Rania, the wife of King Abdullah, is a strong advocate of women’s rights issues and a leading supporter of changes in honour killing legislation. A Royal Commission on Human Rights, set up by King Abdullah, has already proposed stricter measures against honour killings.

However, when the government introduced a bill outlining stiff penalties for honour killers, parliament rejected it outright, saying it would encourage adultery and create new social problems.

MPs who supported the draft law said it was shot down because the majority of lawmakers come from tribal backgrounds and cannot risk angering their electors.
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The King himself has his hands tied, so your suggestion sounds simple and logical, but it is a complicated social issue.

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« Reply #27 on: May 12, 2007, 10:31:26 PM »

I know - this supports what I said.  R and A are more Western than their subjects, including people in government / parliament. 

But not so Western that A has not clamped down on freedom of expression and of the press.   Thumb down

"The Jordanian media have traditionally been under tight state control.

The media rights body Reporters Without Borders has said the government "sets the tone" for the main daily newspapers.

In 2003 the government repealed legislation that provided for jail terms for harming the king's reputation or for inciting strikes, criminal activity or "illegal" gatherings. "

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/h...untry_profiles/828763.stm


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« Reply #28 on: May 12, 2007, 10:56:49 PM »

I know - this supports what I said.  R and A are more Western than their subjects, including people in government / parliament. 

But not so Western that A has not clamped down on freedom of expression and of the press.   Thumb down

"The Jordanian media have traditionally been under tight state control.

The media rights body Reporters Without Borders has said the government "sets the tone" for the main daily newspapers.

In 2003 the government repealed legislation that provided for jail terms for harming the king's reputation or for inciting strikes, criminal activity or "illegal" gatherings. "

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/h...untry_profiles/828763.stm




Macaw, I don't see the assimilation between 'Western' and A and R's opinion of honour killings; any one with any sense would object to this practice.

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« Reply #29 on: May 12, 2007, 11:02:36 PM »

Unfortunately for some women in certain countries, "anyone" doesn't object. Sad
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