I missed posting this last week when I was traveling. But it's important. The bloody Islamic imperialism project is on the march. The Muslim Brotherhood has Jordan in its bloody sights.
Muslim Brotherhood Linked to New Protests in Jordan (Amman)November 14, 2012, Associated PressAMMAN — Jordanians staged scattered protests and work stoppages on Wednesday, a day after hikes in fuel prices triggered rioting in several cities and rekindled fears of deepening unrest in this strategically vital U.S. ally.
At least 14 people were reported injured in clashes overnight as protesters set fire to cars and gas stations and damaged at least one government building in a provincial town. The disturbances were the worst in Jordan since the start of the Arab Spring movement nearly two years ago.
The demonstrations began within hours after the government announced that it was rolling back subsidies for several fuel products, from gasoline to the propane used by Jordanians for
heating their homes and cooking, a move that sent prices soaring by 15 to 33 percent. Some protesters chanted slogans calling for the ouster of King Abdullah II, an unusual occurrence in a country whose monarch traditionally has enjoyed widespread support.
Security officials blamed the unrest in part on the country's Muslim Brotherhood, accusing leaders of the religious movement of cynically exploiting discontent over higher prices.
"This was not spontaneous," said a government security official, insisting on anonymity in discussing internal assessments about the protests. "The Muslim Brother had a plan and they were well-organized. For them, it is a gift from heaven."
The subsidy roll-back was the latest in a long series of economic shocks to Jordan, a resource-poor country that has suffered from both higher global petroleum prices and multiple supply disruptions since the start of Arab Spring. Jordan has long subsidized fuel costs for ordinary citizens, but government officials and private analysts say the practice was no longer sustainable, given Amman's multibillion-dollar budget deficit.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, in an interview Tuesday with Jordanian television, described the country's financial situation as "very critical," adding that subsidies should have been slashed years ago. He announced a new program to provide additional compensation to poorer Jordanians to help them cope with higher fuel costs.
"My duties towards the country have forced me to lift the subsidy in order to avoid a financial crisis," he explained.
His appeals appeared to have scant effect. Within hours after the announcement of subsidy cuts, protests broke out in Amman, the capital, as well as provincial cities Karak, Maan and Irbil, where throngs of demonstrators blocked traffic and chanted slogans. Violence broke out in several locations as protesters set fires to buildings and property and, in at least one instance, sought to tear down a large portrait of the king. Among the 14 injured were 10 police officers, according to security officials and news reports.