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Poverty a Threat to Stability in Jordan, Fueling Militancy

World  (tags: terrorism, society, desperation, unrest, extremism, Islamic extremism, Jordan, culture, world, middle-east, humanrights, children, 'CIVILLIBERTIES!', 'HUMANRIGHTS!' )

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Poverty, isolation, feeling left out of development drives a lot of the grievances among the youth there


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Past Member (0)
Friday February 6, 2015, 10:20 am
Thank you.

Janet B (0)
Friday February 6, 2015, 1:14 pm

Sarah Dyson (139)
Friday February 6, 2015, 2:28 pm
The whole situation is truly sad. Even in the US, poverty is what has driven a lot of young people to a life of crime. it has been some years since I was in the Middle East and it was bad then. Everyone poor. I can only imagine what it is like today with terrorists making it seem easy and quick money to kill people.


Birgit W (160)
Friday February 6, 2015, 2:31 pm
Sadly noted. Thanks for sharing Cal.

Past Member (0)
Friday February 6, 2015, 4:11 pm
Sarah, sent you a big green star. People are poor in the Middle East for different reasons. The Middle East has poor people due to societal issues. Lack of opportunity. A caste system where somebody can't rise above their status at birth. There is no free society. Very different from the western countries. The terrorists are complete loons....they aren't interested in making life better. They are intent on making the lives of people worse.

Birgit said, "Sadly noted." That sums it up. It is sad for us in the US and other western countries to process all of this. And women...just step back and think about how women in these countries (not all but most of them) are treated worse than the family dog tethered in the back yard. Nothing will ever change in the middle east for women. It's a mess. We cannot change how these people think. They will remain poor by their own hand.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday February 7, 2015, 9:17 am
This is one reason why the terrorist groups, ISIS, etc. are able to lure people, with false promises.

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 7, 2015, 12:45 pm
Exactly, Darren!

Dawnie W (250)
Saturday February 7, 2015, 6:32 pm
When people are downtrodden and disenfranchised from an elite power above sooner or later these poor people will listen to any black hearted salesman selling any fanciable dream no matter how violent, unrealistic or asinine. I think if more work by the governments of the world was put into creating decent abodes and living standards for people instead of the millions and trillions of dollars wasted on destructive wars that lay waste peoples homes businesses and loss of lives. We maybe would see a more humane world. But the people in power are mostly in cahoots with bid corporations and conglomerates and are too busy feathering their own nests and holding power that they have become blase and cannot and do not want to see what they are doing or sadly much less care.

There is no reason for anyone to be hungry in this world if the food was distributed properly. Just look out the back of any supermarket and see the waste in the skip and also what ordinary people chuck out. We have all become easy come easy go and can't see the wood from the trees and if the world is going to improve we all have to change and soon. We cannot have a bunch of murderous thugs running around burning, beheading, raping and all other heinous ways of killing innocent people, it is uncivilised and immoral for any so called civilised human beings to be behaving like cut throat barbarians from some dark place back in history. It is after all the 21st century.

However I'm only one voice singing in the wilderness along with others on this medium and how we can change it is a very big question. I pray it gets solved but I don't hold out hope while weapons of destruction are such big business and make many humans very rich. They don't seem to have a conscious thought about the blood on their money and keep selling on any market available. Shonks the whole lot of them.

Thanks for post it was very interesting and informative...

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Hilary S (65)
Saturday February 7, 2015, 6:40 pm
poverty anywhere creates a perception of the world, and a scramble for resources which i'd guess very few people who have access to the internet and social media would have a clue about.

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 7, 2015, 7:05 pm
I am proud to be an American. The billions our country sends to provide food and other necessities to people in countries where people from birth due to a caste system will always and forever remain "unimportant" is deplorable. However, we cannot change their way of thinking. These people do not live in a democracy. The best we can do, as taxpayers, in any western country, is to send aid. The problem is that the "aid" to help these people, can often times never reach those that need it.

Excellent post, Dawn. Excellent.

Hilary, you also have a big green star.

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 7, 2015, 7:16 pm
I should note here that other countries send a great deal in foreign aid. The US isn't the only country that does this. All of us are trying to make a difference but when you face a country with a caste system that wants to keep a certain class of people poor with no opportunities to's hard. The aid we all send can't change the mindset of these people. So, what do we do? Do we stop?

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday February 8, 2015, 1:19 am
Am completely in favour of aid from more affluent countries being sent to countries in need, but am completely against military weapons, and anything destructive being used, as this is just fueling wars on either side.

Take an analogy of driving a car. You're driving along a road, peacefully and happily. Someone else cuts you up. You react, want revenge etc. Remove the threat and the incident, and you go back to the peaceful drive. Arming everyone to the hilt isn't going to create world peace, merely increase the threat of lots of death and destruction.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday February 8, 2015, 1:21 am
No one can be proud of anything at the present moment in the flow of time, until the physical aggression stops.
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