Khalaf has drawn my attention to the sad fact that the Jordanian delegation has withdrawn Muna Nijem’s nomination for head of the Information Telecommunication Union or ITU. He says:
After the first round of voting, the candidate from Mali received 53 votes, Germany 45; Brazil 29; Switzerland 14; and Tunisia 9. Nijem received 5 votes. She blamed the lack of support from Arab and Islamic countries for Arab candidates. 19 Arab countries were eligible to vote, and 38 other Islamic countries. So, the Arab candidates received 14 of the 19 Arab votes. There was more competition for the Islamic vote, as Mali is an Islamic state and a member of the Organization of Islamic Conferences. I wonder if anybody told our delegation this.
Yes I’m disappointed. Maybe we’ll have better luck next time!
read muna’s comments http://ajloun.blogspot.com/2006/11/no-itu-for-us.html
I have to say I love your enthusiasm for all things Jordanian, however when it comes to issues such as this nomination I would have much rather seen you do a serious analysis on whether or not she is right person for the job and so on, its a hard task to force one’s passion to take a back seat in order to focus on logical analysis, but I am sure that is well within you grasp.
“She blamed the lack of support from Arab and Islamic countries for Arab candidates.”
I think the Jordanian regime’s kiss-America’s-ass strategy (see Sha3teelys’ cartoon 🙂 is hurting our standing in the arab and muslim world. I mean why should they vote jordan when all Jordanian regime does is say YES SIR to uncle sami before uncle sami makes a request.
sure most arab and muslim regimes pee in their pants when uncle Sami clears his throat, but our guys eat the stuff that he clears from his throat.
my advice: our regime should take a couple of dignity pills. it might do jordan’s prestige (what’s left of it) lots of good.