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June 15, 2018

Jordan Shows Gratitude For Saudi Gift By Planting Fake News

Politicians like to manipulate news outlets for their purposes. Below is a nice little example of how this works.

Today the Saudi owned fish-wrap Al Arabiya tweeted this:

Al Arabiya English @AlArabiya_Eng - 11:12 AM - 15 Jun 2018
#Jordan withdraws ambassador from #Iran: Source tells Al Arabiya English: “There is no intention to name another Jordanian envoy in #Tehran at the time,” the source said.

That tweet made me curious. I was pretty sure that Jordan had withdrawn its ambassador from Iran quite a while ago. Indeed - on April 18 2016 several outlets had reported such: Jordan follows Riyadh's lead and recalls Iran ambassador

Abdullah Abu Rumman, Jordan's ambassador to Iran, has been recalled to Amman over Tehran's policies towards Arab countries, said Mohammed Momani, the government spokesperson.

An Iranian contact confirms to me that there has been no Jordanian ambassador in Iran since April 2016.

What happened?

The Al Arabiya link goes to a page with the URL:

The original headline of the piece, visible in the URL, was "Jordan withdraws ambassador from Iran: Source tells Al Arabiya". It  has since been changed to:

Jordan won’t name an ambassador to Iran: Source tells Al Arabiya English

A high-ranking Jordanian source told Al Arabiya English on Friday that Jordan transferred its ambassador Abdullah Abu Rumman from Iran to the Jordanian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Amman based on a decision by the Jordanian cabinet.

“There is no intention to name another Jordanian envoy in Tehran at the time,” the source told Al Arabiya English.

Commenting on the decision’s circumstances, the source reiterated: “Jordan’s fixed position from Iranian policies which include interfering in the affairs of the region’s countries,” and voiced Jordan’s concern over “the security of the region’s countries particularly of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.”

“Saudi Arabia’s security is (part) of our security,” he said, adding: “We are concerned over our Arab and Gulf depth.”

In response to a question from Al Arabiya English, Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi stressed that “the security and stability of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is part of the security and stability of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan”.

It seems to me that the "high-ranking Jordanian source", very likely the later quoted Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, scammed Al Arabiya. He used vague wording to insinuated that Jordan just now recalled its ambassador from Iran when that in fact had happened two years ago. It took a while for Al Arabiya to recognize that it had been had and to change its headline.

A week ago I wrote about how U.S.-Saudi Pressure On Jordan Opens The Way For Iran. Jordan is in economic and political trouble. It needs  financial sponsors. Saudi Arabia and the U.S., its traditional donors, are pressing for an Israel policy that the Jordan's King can not support. I speculated that this might give an opening for Iran.

But the Jordan king decided differently. He went to Saudi Arabia, met the Saudi King and received a nice package to help him over his budget difficulties. On June 10 Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait coughed up fresh money for Jordan:

Saudi Arabia and two Persian Gulf nations pledged $2.5 billion to help support Jordan’s economy after a proposed income-tax increase sparked some of the largest protests since the Arab Spring in 2011.

The package of aid will include a deposit in the Central Bank of Jordan, guarantees to the World Bank on Jordan and annual support for the Jordanian government’s budget for five years, according to a statement posted on the state-run Saudi Press Agency website.

Qatar is currently in a cold war with Saudi Arabia but it wants to stay in the traditional Gulf competition of collecting favors:

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's royal court says Qatar's foreign minister has promised to invest $500 million in infrastructure projects in the kingdom and provide 10,000 jobs for Jordanians in his country.

The combination of the false Al Arabiya tweet and the recent shower of money for Jordan led some to speculate that the presumed "recall" of the ambassador from Iran was part of a deal.

Borzou Daragahi @borzou - 10:53 AM - 15 Jun 2018
Days after Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Kuwait hand Jordan $2.5 billion, Amman reportedly pulls its ambassador to Iran, says @AlArabiya, citing unnamed sources


Aaron Magid @AaronMagid - 11:25 AM - 15 Jun 2018
Days after Jordan receives $2.5 billion from Saudi Arabia & Arab gulf countries, Amman withdraws its ambassador from Iran, reports @AlArabiya_


Guy Elster @guyelster - 11:15 AM - 15 Jun 2018
#Jordan reportedly withdraws its ambassador from #Iran, probably under pressure from Saudi Arabia (maybe Israel also)

Daragahi, Magid and Elster are so called journalists who regularly write about the Middle East.

Jordan's foreign minister played this well. After his country received money from the Saudis it needed to publicly show gratitude. The foreign minister calls Al Arabiya and plants the "Jordan withdraws ambassador from Iran" myth by making the old news of the ambassador recall from Iran look like fresh action. Al Arabiya and various so called journalists fall for it and spread the news that Jordan indeed appreciates the Saudi gift and follows Saudi policy directives. In reality Jordan did nothing.

This was an excellent public relation maneuver. People with little knowledge of Middle Eastern politics or a short memory evidently fell for it.

To others it is another lecture on why one can not trust the 'news'.

Posted by b on June 15, 2018 at 16:00 UTC | Permalink


An excellent catch b! One of the topics Pepe Escobar covers in this interview with Serbian TV in English is the Saudi/Qatar/GCC imbroglio and the links to Syria. While it's clearly fake news, the item does serve the purpose you describe. I wonder how Jordanians will react as they're probably more in the know than the so-called journalists you cited. IMO, King PlayStation needs to make sure his bolt-hole's ready to be occupied as he's just aligned himself against the many Palestinians within Jordan and beyond.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 15 2018 16:27 utc | 1

Abdullah, who coined the Shi'a Crescent got his Zakat.
Now he can go on holidays, to the Côte d'Azur, with his wife.

Posted by: Yul | Jun 15 2018 16:31 utc | 2

thanks b! "Saudi owned fish-wrap Al Arabiya" - yes.. i was reading some articles on this site just yesterday and giving my head a shake.. the only site i can find that has a modicum of objectivity in the middle east is the new arab - not sure who owns it..

i wonder how the amount ksa/uae are giving jordan compares with the amount they are paying for their mercenary war on yemen? i guess i would have to ask eric prince.. the demise of ksa/uae can't happen soon enough.. speaking of which - has the clown prince been seen at the soceer match in russia yet?

Posted by: james | Jun 15 2018 16:45 utc | 3

alaraby seems to be just as bad upon closer inspection...

Posted by: james | Jun 15 2018 16:51 utc | 4

@3 Yes james MBS, or a very good lookalike, was there to watch his team get trashed.
@ 1.14.

Posted by: dh | Jun 15 2018 16:55 utc | 5

In other news, Syrians are joking that Russia after defeating ISIS on the battlefield, now defeated them in football :)

Posted by: Harry | Jun 15 2018 18:36 utc | 6

Let's be realistic. Jordan didn't have a choice. Jordan has to have the subsidies for the government budget. So they have to toe the line with what the Gulf wants (and the US, and Israel).

Posted by: Laguerre | Jun 15 2018 19:02 utc | 7

Let's be realistic. Jordan doesn't have a choice. Jordan needs the subsidies for the government budget. They have to toe the line with what the Gulf wants (and the US, and Israel).

Posted by: Laguerre | Jun 15 2018 19:06 utc | 8

Sorry for the duplicate.

Posted by: Laguerre | Jun 15 2018 19:06 utc | 9

As usual good research.

But I find it hard to imagine the Saudi's basically paid 2,5 billion for a news article. It seems more likely that money is meant to forestall rapprochement between Jordan and Iran (I doubt there really was any) but also to buy acquiesce in regards to Jerusalem.

Posted by: xor | Jun 15 2018 19:07 utc | 10

There slowly hacking through the roots that support Iran ! Prior to felling the tree. Root by root- Russia, Syria, N Koria, Yemen. Jordan. The USA beyond doubt are about to fell Iran. Because that's where the oil is ! No other made up excuse! There just greedy bastards.

Posted by: Mark2 | Jun 15 2018 19:38 utc | 12

You are right Mark2.. That is the intent, and cutting through the supportive roots is the right image.

And, of course, Israeli companies will be positioned to "benefit" from Iranian resources.

However, its not as if the Iranians don't know what is coming. I have some confidence in their acumen and determination.

Posted by: Castellio | Jun 15 2018 21:19 utc | 13

Jordan was disappointed as most GCC funds came not only with strings attached, but were in loans, not grants.

Contracted aid for kingdom up in 2017, but grants directed to support budget shrink | Jordan Times |

Fakhoury added that foreign aid supports the budget, helps cover the financing gap, funds development projects according to national priorities, provides technical assistance, builds institutional capacity and enhance foreign reserves. He stressed that despite the increase in the volume of foreign aid to the Kingdom for 2017, the figures show a decline in grants to support the public budget, in light of the near depletion of the Gulf grant and the insufficient foreign aid, a fact that emphasises the need to deepen the concept of self-reliance in accordance with the Jordan Document 2025, the National Financial and Economic Reform Programme and the Jordan Economic Growth Stimulation Plan, which aim to immunise Jordan economically and financially from external shocks.

The GCC Grant – Dec. 2011 [pdf]

In the (32) session held during December of 2011, the Supreme Council of the Arab Gulf States Cooperation Council (GCC) made the decision to allocate a grant at a total value of (5) billion USD to fund development projects in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan over a five ‐ year period. This grant is provided jointly by (The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, & Qatar); providing (1.25) billion USD each. Broad coordinative endeavors were set between the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Finance, and the General Budget Department with a view to select the projects to be submitted for funding.

Posted by: Oui | Jun 15 2018 22:10 utc | 14

@ 11, please post a brief description, not just a link to click.
Thank you.

Posted by: Red Ryder | Jun 15 2018 23:06 utc | 15

Another example of how high finance dictates to those who need the $. Guess most of the world, and most folks in it, are up for sale.

Posted by: ben | Jun 16 2018 1:00 utc | 16

James and dh, since it came up again here, a repost:

Right after MsB sat next to Putin and watched KSA’s team get crushed by Russia 5:0, Syrian activist/blogger Kevork Almassian Tweeted:

“BREAKING: Prince MBS invites Saudi football team to the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Riyadh.“

Posted by: Daniel | Jun 16 2018 1:11 utc | 17

@17 Another interesting side note to the Moscow World Cup is the question of Robbie Williams finger. Who was it aimed at?
My guess it was meant for the British media who gave him a hard time for going to Russia.

Posted by: dh | Jun 16 2018 1:33 utc | 18

Posted by: dh | Jun 15, 2018 9:33:05 PM | 18
(Robbie Williams)

Sounds good to me.
A message to the Media via the Media is deliciously ironic.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jun 16 2018 2:40 utc | 19

@17 daniel... lol... sounds about right... i am curious to know when the special meeting happens where mbs is invited to the ritz carlton in riyadh and ends up being on the receiving end of his ongoing bs... looking forward to it and it is only a matter of time... i suspect less then a year and he is toast..

Posted by: james | Jun 16 2018 5:07 utc | 20

Castellio 13
Yes , perhaps militarily the Persians have something up their sleeve - the product of combined homegrown and Chinese development - together they produce weapons systems under licence .
The U S is focused on stopping Persian resource trade with China opening up exponentially the shaping of new technologies , military and otherwise between the two powers , which US research and productive capacity will not be able to match .

Posted by: ashley albanese | Jun 16 2018 7:06 utc | 21

ashley albanese | Jun 16, 2018 3:06:54 AM | 21
The U S is focused on stopping Persian resource trade with China opening up exponentially the shaping of new technologies , military and otherwise between the two powers , which US research and productive capacity will not be able to match

Essentially I agree with you. Iran is constantly underestimated by the west.
They invented chess for crying out loud.
Persia is an ancient civilization unlike the U.S.'s not 300 years.
Iran is also a key part of China's BRI. I do not think China and Russia will stand by and watch the west (USA) and Israel attempt to destroy Iran.

Posted by: V | Jun 16 2018 8:17 utc | 22

Renault won't quit I-ran & UN Rejects Plan for Ceasefire in Yemen Port

A Swedish call at the UN Security Council for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen’s port of Hodeidah was derailed during a closed session Friday. The US and Britain both expressed opposition to the measure, designed to prevent Saudi-led forces attacking a port responsible for feeding 8.4 million civilians.

Britain insisted on the meeting being a closed session, meaning specific comments during the hearing, and the reiteration from UN officials of the humanitarian crisis threatening to kill millions, would not be done for the public to see.

US officials did not publicly comment on why they’re opposed to the ceasefire, but likely is a reflection of the Saudis really wanting to attack the city. British Ambassador Karen Pierce said their opposition was made purely based on “the British national interest.”...

Russian Oligarchs are not welcome in London but Saudi mega billions are. Not a shred of shame by the UK gov for this poodle behavior on behalf of MBS. Got weapons contracts to keep...

Posted by: et Al | Jun 16 2018 12:17 utc | 23

et Al @ 23

The US and GB are purely poisonous regimes whose only act is war... I read that piece and gagged on my coffee.

"For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it has no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up."

Venality is its own reward.

Posted by: kgw | Jun 16 2018 14:55 utc | 24

@23 et al... thanks... at this point the uk/usa are screwed.. nothing good will come of their actions on the world stage.. the yemeni might be screwed too, but nothing like the bad intentions of uk/usa.. it goes without saying ksa/uae are in the same boat as uk/usa...

as for jordan.. prospects don't look good for it either.. if they have to rely on money for any of villians, they are in trouble..

we are either going to get beyond the apocalyptic visions of ww3 or we're not.. none of these countries are going to help in the matter..

Posted by: james | Jun 16 2018 16:10 utc | 25

An Arab sheik owns Hastings pier,after own people were turned down.graun.

Posted by: dahoit | Jun 16 2018 16:45 utc | 26

@14 Oui...

when aid is given "with strings attached" what it does is support the creation of factions within the government - the ones receiving the aid will be the most loyal/outspoken in support of the power that funds them.

The process of agitating/aggravating factions within a place like Jordan can only end in tragedy for the country. It looks like the outside powers are preparing their actors.

Posted by: les7 | Jun 16 2018 16:59 utc | 27

re 26. Indian, not Arab.

Posted by: Laguerre | Jun 16 2018 17:02 utc | 28


Middle East Monitor: Egypt army withdraw forces from Sinai

The American Interest: Russia and Egypt are Growing Closer


Is this a lateral move and warning to I-srael by Putin & Friends to behave itself over Syria or just my wishful thinking? Yes, there is an 'official' explanation, but it kinda sucks.

& file this one in the 'Deliciously Absurd' column (and don't forget to hit the comments):

Posted by: et Al | Jun 16 2018 19:50 utc | 29

et Al @ 23: Nutty Nikki and her soul-mate Karen Pierce who sits next to her at the UN must be keeping a rather long list of those nations that dare to oppose joint IFUKUS policy, yes? Sweden now joins the list.

Posted by: Jen | Jun 16 2018 20:53 utc | 30


But maybe not India who are still buying the Russian S-400 system and recently told Washington to FO. The US has just cleared the delivery of India's first AH-64E Apaches it ordered last year* so demz da fakts, whatever Nutty Nikki sayz.

India has also delayed its big fighter competition by another couple of years so Washington, LM & Boeing will need to be patient and behave. Meanwhile France will deliver the first Rafales this September.

Oh, and I almost forgot, India has previously donated mi-25 gunships to Afghanistan to replace their rather worn Mi-24s, and in more recent news is donating 4 refurbished Mi-35s**...



Posted by: et Al | Jun 16 2018 21:39 utc | 31

I fail to understand why Qatar would bother to bid for the Goblin King's favour, when they have clearly been out-bid by the consortium of SA, UAE and Kuwait (is Kuwait still drilling sideways into Iraqi oil fields?)

Perhaps Qatar stupidly trusts the Yankees to look after them, given they host the American C&C centre for the Middle East? Yet they need to get along with Iran, commercialize the South Pars gas field, in conjunction with Iran, America's most hated foe, except maybe for the Russian Federation, and China, and anyone else that won't kow-tow.

I doubt Qatar can do both, given the institutionalized Yankee knee-jerk reaction to anything Iranian, ever since a popular revolution kicked out the incompetent Shah Pahlavi. Never will they be forgiven for that! Majorly fucked up American plans to utterly control the ME!

Perhaps King Abdullah 2 plans to flee his failing country, run away to the French Riviera, just give over his country to the CIA? Why not? That would be the path of least resistance. Yankees are still sending out ISIS from Al-Tanf to contest Deir Azor And Suweyda. No point pretending otherwise.

Posted by: Ant. | Jun 16 2018 22:27 utc | 32

Responding to my own post, the Goblin King allegedly owns responsibility for the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, on behalf of all Moslems. Can he maintain that?

Here's a test for you: enter search terms 'moslem holy temple in israel' in whatever is your favourite search engine, and see what results you get.

Posted by: Ant. | Jun 16 2018 22:42 utc | 33

OT, but topical:

"Yemen rebel leader defiant as dozens die in battle for key port"

Full article:

Posted by: ben | Jun 17 2018 0:47 utc | 34

fucking sellout pussy politicians

Posted by: poshpotddlr | Jun 17 2018 1:45 utc | 35

Nation state as a fundamental unit of man's organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force: International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation-state.- Zbig Brzezinski

As there were/are notable players among the Carlisle Group (Bush and John Major) and Cerberus (Bush and Dan Quayle) there are notable principles in Genie Energy (Mary Landrieu, Robert Woolsey, Nathaniel Rothschild, Dick Cheney).

Iran is the big prize. They will commit genocide in order to loot it.

Posted by: fastfreddy | Jun 17 2018 1:56 utc | 36

fastfreddy @36. Thank you! Except that Ziggy was also quite clear that the big prizes are Russia and China. Iran is an important middle stage to total global dominance.

Posted by: Daniel | Jun 17 2018 2:41 utc | 37

Fastfreddy @ 36
Your spot on with that picture.i'd just add that of course that Rupert Murdoch is a major part of genie oil, which explains who is maniging the news coming out or NOT coming out of the m east.

Posted by: Mark2 | Jun 17 2018 6:43 utc | 38

To add to my above comment @ 38
Why should we want to stop them ? Maybe we're aspirational, perhaps we think we're on the winning side or it just won't effect us ! Well think again,and pretty dam quick.
Goggle agenda 21
Time to take a look in the mirror and man-up.

Posted by: Mark2 | Jun 17 2018 10:14 utc | 39

Can you clarify "why should we want to stop them" and "man-up"? It would be very informative, indeed, to know your position.

Posted by: albagen | Jun 17 2018 15:11 utc | 40

No US embassy in Iran. US interests in Iran were, are, represented by the Swiss, who do a great and subservient job (imho.) Not touted in the MSM.

In Cuba, the situation WAS similar. US interests were taken on by the Swiss.

With a few turns of the screw, Switzerland was out of a job after 54 years of playing the middleman between Havana and Washington — the longest stretch of time that the Swiss government, and perhaps any government in history, has represented the interests of a foreign power in another country.

All the ppl working there were sent ‘home’, it was hard to re-integrate them. Heh.

The world-wide diplomatic scene is kept semi-secret, ordinary ppl, aka useless eaters, stupid soldiers, are not to be informed about even such simple matters.

Posted by: Noirette | Jun 17 2018 15:55 utc | 41

Albagen @ 40
We need to stop them because
Agenda 21 is a plan to de- populate the world by 95% ! Now i'l try not to get dragged to far into conspiracy theory lets do that another day.
I am in total awe of the academic skills on this site plus the research behind profesonal skill is diagnostic/detective work. I put the pieces of a jig saw together to find reality ! No fancy mystical stuff ok.
We need to stop them becouse there going to kill you me and our children,it's no debait it's reality. It won't matter who you voted for how rich you are. The people killed in there wars (millions ) are you an me in ten years time, the 50-60 million displaced people right now, our children next ditto refugees drowned. There it is! We're next. Here in uk they'v cut local gov spending 50% they sold my local police station moved it 5mile out of town, then they sold that one. There not even trying to create jobs I could go on and on. They don't need us any more we'v been replaced with a micro chip and an app.
Instead of fighting each other,we need to unite. Don't put your country first put your humanity first if you want to live. Unless you want the psychopaths n mass murder's to run the world. But other than that ! Can't think of a reason, he he

Posted by: Mark2 | Jun 17 2018 16:04 utc | 42

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