Posts Tagged ‘Jordan’

Saudi ArabiaThat’s what Dennis Fetcho, host of Inside the Eye Live!, did on September 8, 2013, with his first broadcast from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, after hosting his show from Amman, Jordan, for several years.

Seven minutes into the show, he said what we already knew, but is good to hear direct confirmation of, that there is an unwritten rule, and a “chill” in the American ex-pat community of talking politics and religion while living in Saudi Arabia.

Despite that, he went on to talk about much of the politics in the region, and about some of his observations while living there.

Listen in to get a first-hand perspective of living and working in the capital of one of the world’s most tightly-controlled societies.

For more on Saudi Arabia, see my articles:

1) Rachael Rudolph says she feels at home in Saudi Arabia, just like in the United States.

2) Shariah-compliant Saudi Arabia and UAE are no strangers to international banking hegemony.

3) Russia surpassed Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer in 2009

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English: Map of the Arabic Peninsula, displayi...Despite the rhetoric of anti-Islam bashers, including those regularly featured by the Zionist controllers of Coast to Coast AM, five Muslim countries are ranked more economically free than Israel in the conservative Heritage Foundation’s 2013 Index of Economic Freedom.

They are (with an index out of 100):

12th Bahrain (75.5)
27th Qatar (71.3)
28th United Arab Emirates (71.1)
33rd Jordan (70.4)
45th Oman (68.1)

Israel is ranked in 51st place with a 66.9/100 index, embarrassingly only slightly ahead of Jamaica, with an index of 66.8.

The excuse may be that they are rich Gulf oil states, but Saudi Arabia is in 82nd place, and Jordan is a notable exception, showing that lots of oil doesn’t equal a high economic freedom rating, nor is it a necessity.

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Rachael RudolphRachael Rudolph, professor of political science, was on The Progressive Radio News Hour with Stephen Lendman on the January 26, 2012 episode, and said of Saudi Arabia, where she is researching her upcoming book (at 12:01 of the archive):

This is one place, this is one country that I feel at home, just like I do in the United States.

She completely evaded his direct question about whether you can travel there as a tourist (you can’t, since there are no tourist visas), and she said she wishes more Americans would travel there. But if you feel at home there just like in the United States, what’s the point of traveling so far?

Yes, it’s just like the United States — except for those small details about women not being able to vote, hold office or drive a car.

Lendman asked her, whether he as a Jew, was allowed to visit there, saying he didn’t think he could. She embarrassingly responded that she thought that’s since changed. What a progressive country — to allow Jews to travel there now! Nevermind that it’s completely un-Islamic to bar all Jews from any Islamic country, since they are considered ahl al-Kitab (People of the Book), and accorded a special status in Islam, according to the Qur’an itself.

She got miffed when he asked her the customary question about women not being permitted to drive, saying how liberating it is to not have to worry about that. Yes, it’s great when you have the money to afford a driver, I suppose.

I’ve been to that part of the world — specifically Jordan several times, but you’re not going to hear me say I feel at home there just like I do in Canada.

While there are some aspects of Jordan’s economy that are more free enterprise than Canada’s, I’m not going to say I feel at home there just like I do here.

While women can vote, hold office and drive a car in Jordan, it doesn’t come anywhere close to the freedom of speech and of the press that Canada has, and those are among my highest priorities in feeling comfortable in living in another country as more than just a visitor.

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Avi LipkinAvi Lipkin, aka Victor Mordecai, returned to Radio Liberty with Dr. Stan Monteith on October 10, 2011, in his role as propagandist for the radical element of Israeli society.

He said Muslims don’t win any Nobel prizes except for peace prizes (not even true).

As if Nobel Prizes have a single shred of credibility left after Al Gore and Barack Obama were awarded peace prizes.

Even the credibility of the Nobel Prize in Medicine/Physiology is in question, with the alleged discoverer of HIV being given the award in 2008 for a virus that has never been proven to exist, let alone cause AIDS.

After Barack Obama was awarded his peace prize, he escalated the so-called “War on Terror” from Afghanistan and Iraq to Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya, and recently assassinated an American citizen.

Even global warming scam so-called scientists implicated in the Climategate fiasco have distanced themselves from some of Al Gore’s bogus claims, and a UK judge found nine errors in Gore’s documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.

At 31:52, he said:

Christians are educated — Muslims are not. Christians are hard-working, industrious — Muslims are not.

Yeah, Muslims aren’t educated at all — like that neurosurgeon one of my friends had. Or all those engineering professors at the University of Waterloo, and all the engineering students I see getting their Masters and PhDs there every year.

Or the civil engineers who designed the roads in Amman, Jordan — a city comparable in population to Toronto — yet with fewer traffic problems, despite no subway system and fewer buses.

Gee, you’re right, Avi — those aren’t educated Muslims at all…

He was focusing on Muslims in the Middle East, yet even there, the example of Jordan being ranked more economically free than Iceland in 2011 by the conservative Heritage Foundation puts the lie to his claim that Arab Muslims are somehow inherently less hard-working and industrious than Christians. Jordan was even ranked higher than Israel.

Just imagine if he had exchanged the word Muslims for blacks or Hispanics, and ask yourself if he could get away with such rhetoric on the FCC-regulated airwaves his claims were made on.

He also claimed that if President Obama is re-elected, Obama intends to bring in 100 million Muslim immigrants to the U.S. by 2016. When asked if he really believes that, he said he wouldn’t be making that claim if he didn’t believe it. Strong signs point to Obama not being re-elected, unless there is a false flag attack, so it is a safe claim to make. If Obama is re-elected, I am going on record now that there is no conceivable scenario in which 100 million immigrants from anywhere would be accepted in the U.S. over the course of four years.

For more about Avi Lipkin, see my article, Avi Lipkin paints a biased picture of Israel, while stoking the fear of Islam.

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Avi LipkinI listened to Avi Lipkin’s May 17 show with Dr. Stan Monteith, and wanted to offer a very different perspective on some things that he brought up.

He mentioned Israel’s freedom of speech, but he didn’t point out to the mainly Christian audience that it doesn’t include preaching the gospel in public, which will land you in jail.

Israel’s economy was mentioned. This year, the conservative Heritage Foundation ranked neighbouring Arab state Jordan as having the 38th most free economy in the world, ahead of Israel in 43rd place.

He said that the Qur’an says that Jews are apes and swine, but that’s a complete misunderstanding or misrepresentation of the verse he cited (5:60). It’s talking about a particular group of Jews in antiquity who rejected God, and just as there is symbolic language in the Bible, such as talk of people’s hearts melting in fear, that is also probably symbolic for describing particular individuals who were rejected by God.

He also said that Islam calls for Muslims to kill the Jews on Saturday, and the Christians on Sunday, but one obvious indication that isn’t true is that Muhammad had Jewish and Christian wives, and the Qur’an permits Muslim men to marry Jewish or Christian women. He cited no specific evidence for his claim, other than saying Muhammad killed several hundred Jewish men, which isn’t mentioned in the Qur’an, unlike the Bible mentioning Moses being upset when the Hebrews only killed the men of a city, and he ordered them to kill all the male children and women who had not been with a man.

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