Due time for Jordan's own Arab Spring
The turmoil in the Arab world initially seemed to have passed over the Hashemite kingdom. But with a small yet stubborn democracy movement, a bad economy and a huge influx of Syrian refugees - the pressure is on Jordan.
AMMAN - At first sight, the line of police vans parked near King Faisal Plaza in the old center of Amman last Friday morning was evocative of similar sights early last year in Tunis and Cairo. There were hundreds of uniformed police and plainclothes Mukhabarat security officers prepared to head off the anti-regime protests after midday prayers at the mosques. There were some major differences though.