Jordan's Angry Tribes | People and Power


Jordan and its Hashemite monarchy have long been regarded as stable fixtures in a region often beset by political uncertainty.

But King Abdullah II is under growing pressure to reboot a struggling economy, institute constitutional reform, and stand firm against a controversial US-Saudi scheme, the so-called “Deal of the Century” to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

We sent filmmakers Mariam Shahin, Nada Issa and George Azar to find out why these pressures are becoming difficult for the government to ignore and what effect they are having on the kingdom’s delicate demographic balance – between increasingly angry members of its indigenous tribes, known as “East Bankers”, and Palestinians who have fled here in the past six decades and become citizens.

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