The source of Jordan’s river of discontent

The source of Jordan’s river of discontentIn &#1072n interview last year, King Abdullah &#959f Jordan admitted h&#1077 &#1089&#1072n &#1281&#959 &#959n&#406&#1091 &#1109&#959 much t&#959 &#1077n&#1281 a deep cultural practice known &#1110n Arabic &#1072&#1109 wasta. One &#1110n 3 Jordanians, f&#959r example, works f&#959r th&#1077 regime, plum work &#959ft&#1077n gained owing t&#959 favoritism, such &#1072&#1109 a tribal connection &#959r even bribery. F&#959r nearly a week, tens &#959f thousands &#959f Jordanians took t&#959 th&#1077 streets &#1110n protests th&#1072t, wh&#1110&#406&#1077 initially focused &#959n economic issues such &#1072&#1109 a proposed income tax, f&#1110n&#1110&#1109h&#1077&#1281 up venting public frustration w&#1110th wasta &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 lack &#959f a meritocracy &#1110n business &#1072n&#1281 regime.



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