British newspapers have debated “the arrest of the former Jordanian crown prince, Hamzah bin Al Hussein.” And its expected consequences And the choice of “Chinese celebrities between their country and the West.”
The Guardian published a report by Martin Shulov, Middle East Affairs correspondent and Michael Safi, entitled “Former Jordanian Crown Prince is under house arrest on charges of attempted coup” .
The report deals with the video clip that appeared on Saturday of the former Jordanian Crown Prince, Prince Hamzah bin Al-Hussein, in which he said he was detained at his palace in the Jordanian capital Amman and was prevented from contacting anyone. .
The report refers to a widespread campaign of arrests, which, according to newspaper sources, focused on influential and prominent people close to the emir, who was removed from office 16 years ago.
The report states that the leaked video clip of the prince was obtained by the BBC from his personal lawyer, in which he criticized rampant corruption in the country in previous years, and added that the Jordanian army command denied the media communication on the arrest of the prince. while prominent sources of intelligence in the Middle East indicated that they believed Prince Hamzah was under house arrest.
The report says that the area surrounding the emir’s palace witnessed strict security checks with many security checks, and the ports between it and the surrounding highways were closed and that among the detainees was Hassan bin Zaid, the Jordanian shipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The report laments a series of tweets from Turki Al-Sheikh, the close adviser to the Saudi Crown Prince, which included images of Jordanian King Abdullah bin Al Hussein and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and then wrote that “No comment images speaks for itself, “indicating that the arrests of prominent officials in this way are considered an order. Rarely in the history of the kingdom.
The report says that King Abdullah has not faced organized opposition since he took power in the country almost two decades ago, while playing with the balances between the country’s powerful tribes, but since the arrival of the Crown epidemic, the country has witnessed a number of fragile governments, and that Saudi Arabia’s continued Saudi financial support to Jordan has been a major stabilizing factor, but things have changed under the leadership of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The Independent published an article by Middle East correspondent Bill Trew entitled “Anger shakes Jordan amid Prince Hamzah’s house arrest”.
Tru says Jordan has always been stable over the past decade, witnessing significant fluctuations and events in other countries in the region, as the Hashemite Kingdom was known for the state of boredom that it predominates due to the scarcity of exciting events he is attending, but it has not been so for the past two days.
He added: “Jordan was a bulwark of stability in a conflict-dominated region and you always see pictures of the beloved King Abdullah hanging on most walls as the king deftly jumped the Arab Spring revolutions that erupted. in 2011 pushing for major constitutional amendments and legal reforms, which pledged to provide tens of thousands of jobs to the sector. “The government has also changed the government.”
He added that the truth is that “Jordan has long been facing a major crisis as one of the driest places in the world, as large areas of the Kingdom are struggling to provide water and access to its sources, and its fragile economy suffered more problems after the outbreak of the Crown epidemic. “
Tru points out that, although official unemployment rates remain around 25%, the real unemployment rate has exceeded 40% of the population, which has led to an increase in concern in the country as experts say there has been a security campaign in recent weeks and months against activists and opponents, especially young people, various political and nodal specters.
She says: “King Hussein, during his last days, chose his eldest son Abdullah as crown prince, and after him his son of his favorite wife Queen Noor, who is Prince Hamzah in second place. place as heir to the throne, and perhaps this provoked King Abdullah to worry permanently, so in 2004 he removed Prince Hamzah from office and appointed him: “His son is Crown Prince.”
He added that Prince Hamzah, however, continued to be very popular in the country, especially among the powerful tribes who held a series of meetings with him before the events of Saturday, “hoping that” his arrest would provoke the anger of the his supporters, especially because among the detainees are strong, popular personalities who belong to the elite class, whether from the royal family or from tribal leaders or wealthy businessmen. “
Tru concludes by saying that experts believe what happened “will ignite things even more instead of slowing down a possible revolution in the country.”
The Telegraph published a report by Sophia Yan, its Beijing correspondent, on Chinese artists and celebrities, entitled “Chinese celebrities are forced to choose between their country and the West because of Uyghur rights violations.”
Sophia says no more than a message was made on social media announcing the “H&M” chain of concern over allegations of forced labor by Uyghur detainees, so the company faces major criticism in China.
Sophia handed out a pamphlet from a young Chinese Communist Party group saying, “Spread rumors and cross Xinjiang cotton while you want to make money in the Chinese market? Optimistic thinking,” adding that this message coincided with the announcement of the Swedish supermarket chain last year stopped dealing with cotton grown in Xinjiang.
Sophia notes that this post has become, through posts, comments and likes, a major campaign in China against the series, which was eventually led by the authorities, adding that the famous actor Huang Xuan broke his relationship with the series, saying he “firmly rejects any attempt to undermine his country’s reputation in the field of human rights in any way.”
The journalist says many celebrities have boycotted many prominent Western brands, such as Nike, Adidas, Calvin Klein and Puma, and stars such as Wang Ibo and Uyghur actress Delimurat have announced they will join the campaign.
Sophia explains that Chinese celebrities have been out of politics for a long time, but the ruling Communist Party began to encourage nationalism to face pressure from the West, including sanctions imposed by violations of the human rights in Xinjiang, and therefore celebrities must choose one of the two sides.
“If they want to continue their work as models, actors or influencers in the public sphere, they only have one option, which is the support and backing of Beijing,” he says.