An opinion poll conducted by the Jordan Centre for Social Research (JCSR) showed that terrorism is the number one problem the government needs to face. “Out of the 1,000 individuals surveyed between Dec. 10 and 14, 30.8 per cent of the respondents placed living expenses as a major priority, followed by unemployment (27.4 per cent), poverty (18.3 per cent).” [source]
You can read a good analysis of these numbers by Khalaf.
In other news, it’s been reported that Jordan is in a state of emergancy due to recent Zarqawi threats to strike again as well as the holiday season which includes Christmas, New Years and Eid. While Christmas seems to have passed without incident, it would be the ultimate irony if Zarqawi chose to strike during Eid; I doubt it would happen but I wouldn’t put it past him.
AlBawaba however posted a strange article/report concerning this piece of news. I think they have no sense of time. For example:
The measures come several months after a series of bombings by Al Qaeda in several hotels in Amman…
The attacks took place on November 9th
Jordan’s former Intelligence Chief Samih Asfura was dismissed some months back following the firing of Katyusha rockets at the southern Israeli town of Eilat and at American targets.
Actually Asfura was let go just a few days ago.