March 24, 2011

Unrest Takes Root in Jordan

Don Duncan, Le Monde Diplomatique

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Like Yemen and Bahrain, Jordan recently has been shaken by popular protests stemming from rising food prices and high unemployment, especially among the young. But the upheaval also reflects a factor peculiar to Jordan – its delicate demographic balance between indigenous tribes, known as East Bankers, and Palestinians who have emigrated or fled to Jordan in the past six decades and received Jordanian citizenship.

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