When searching “Jordan” on Google, the first two results from Wikipedia are “Michael Jordan” and “Katie Price”; the glamor model famous for her boobs that calls herself “Jordan”. Just a side note.
I am going to touch on an important issue here. Have you ever read the article on Jordan in Wikipedia? One word: ABSURD. It is clearly a government fabrication done by this new pro-government social networking team we have on YouTube and Twitter promoting Jordan for some reason.
I will be focusing on the “Quality of Life” section. You can click here to read it. I’ve lived in Amman for 18 years and I think I’ve earned the right to toss my two cents on the quality of life in Jordan.
Jordan, in general, has a terrible outdated infrastructure. Our infrastructure was probably terrible ten years ago, when the population was around 4.8 million. According to the 2010 census, our population is now 6.2 million. The Capital Governate, Amman has the highest concentration (around 2 million). At the moment, the streets of Amman cannot tolerate the current population. Our telephone lines suck and we are still using DSL technology for our Internet. Jerash literally had no water supply two weeks ago!
It is evident that the general population is nowhere near happy. Sadly due to the lack of freedom of speech, they always act “proud”. You will not truly sense what the population is suffering from unless you have a good 15 minute ride in a cab and talk with the driver. This kind of attitude will only worsen the problem, as everyone is turning a blind eye to our real core issues.
In the 2008 Quality of Life Index, Jordan was ranked as having one of the highest qualities of life in the Arab World. Jordan also has one of the highest standards of living in the developing world with a highly educated population with access to advanced healthcare services in urban and rural areas. Jordan ranked as having the 11th highest standard of living in the developing world and the second highest standard of living in the Arab and Muslim World as measured by the Human Poverty Index-2. Also, Jordan ranked in the top 30 nations worldwide, including developed countries, according to the Human Poverty Index-1. This was a major accomplishment of Jordan being that it ranked higher than the much more affluent Persian Gulf states, like the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
Above is the opening paragraph of the Quality of Life section. It seems to me that whoever wrote the article (perhaps a government employee) is brainwashed to think that we have achieved enough in terms of quality of life. We are comparing ourselves with other third world countries, and bragging that we are the best of the worst. What a blatant attempt to compensate for our sad pathetic situation.
Furthermore, the article continues to spread propaganda that Jordan has a “highly educated population”. If we have a highly educated population, why do employers struggle to find decent employees that can at least understand and write English? Only the top 5% of the population are “highly educated”.
The article then continues to advertise Jordan as a “clean and secure” country. Jordanians run around bragging how clean and secure their country is. Can we stop believing those lies and actually focus on something that will benefit our lives other than “our city is cleaner than yours”?
Why is Jordan “secure”? Because we are only 6 million people, with Mokhabarat (General Intelligence Department) everywhere and no one really cares about us. To the global society, we are just a burden consuming resources and not contributing. No one cares about Jordan and many do not even know where Jordan is. Yes, I call that ignorance, but we have NOT earned our place in the global society.
One sentence that pisses me off is, “Jordan is one of the most liberal countries in the Middle East”. I am sorry but anyone who lived in Jordan for just one year will know that Jordan is NOT a liberal country! Although you can say Amman is pretty liberal compared to other cities int the Middle East. How can a country be “liberal” when it has a high honor crime rate?
Furthermore, Jordanians hold their political leadership in very high esteem. According to the 2007 Pew Global Attitudes Survey, 91% of Jordanians held their king in high esteem making King Abdullah II the most popular political leader in the Middle East.
I am sorry but I am not very sure about that. I am sure half of the votes were out of fear. People are simply unhappy with everything. That comes from my interaction with the population.
Jordan spends 4.2% of its GDP to guarantee the well being of its citizens- more than any other country in the region.
No one mentions corruption here? Its funny how such an article turns another blind eye on corruption. The word corruption is only mentioned five times in the article when we all know how corruption and “wasta” is bad in Jordan! This is evidently a propaganda article. 4.2% of its tiny GDP goes to the well being of its citizens, which I am almost certain more than half just “disappears”.
Wherever I go around Amman, whether its a supermarket or to have a haircut, people are complaining about the quality of life, their financial situation, the government and the whole system that the country is running on. People are sick and tired and need real change.
We, Jordanians, “imsad2een 7alna” with our top intelligence department and our military that has no achievements. It’s time to forget all this “7aki faddi” and concentrate on what makes us one of the worst economies in the world and try to improve ourselves. Yes, we do lack the resources that our neighbors possess, but so does Japan who not only lacked resources, but got nuked by the world’s superpower. We need a committed government, with a committed, intelligent and un-corrupt Prime Minister who will lead us, with a clean background that will direct us as a country towards a better situation. We need someone who gets appointed because he aspires for leadership and change, not because prime ministry runs in the family. For example, Obama was truly dedicated for CHANGE. We need such a figure.
I am sorry folks, we have to face the truth. Otherwise, we will never fix our problems. The first step in problem solving is to identify the problem. I hope this helps some of our fellow Jordanians what our true situation is and work towards progressing it.
Although this sounds as if I hate Jordan, please do not get me wrong. I love my country and I love my people. I know I was harsh, but it times to shake our citizens up a little. I believe that we have too many articles, songs, poems and such, in which we praise our selves and boost our confidence with no basis. We have real issues and it’s time to find concrete solutions. It’s time for someone to shed light on our problems for once. It’s time to talk about our negative aspects and try to fix them. Jordan needs reform in the way it is run and the way people think. A cultural reform I must say. People should stop criticizing the country and saying that we’re good for nothing. Yes we’re only six million people, but across the border, 5 million Israelis already have nuclear weapons, and top science research facilities. It’s time to realize we have real problems and that it’s time to find solutions and act upon. The way Japan reformed itself post-World War II and the way countries like Sweden reformed themselves. We are a small country of 6 million people in a region that is highly politicized and rife with conflict. It would be way more beneficial for the welfare of our citizens if we establish peace with everyone, and direct all our military spendings towards other areas that would be more beneficial for us. If the U.S wanted to attack us, it would literally take 3 planes in 2 hours to completely destroy us. So why keep all those useless confidence-boost symbols when our own citizens are suffering?
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