Background: For most of its history since independence from British administration in 1946, Jordan was ruled by King HUSSEIN (1953-99). A pragmatic ruler, he successfully navigated competing pressures from the major powers (US, USSR, and UK), various Arab states, Israel, and a large internal Palestinian population, despite several wars and coup attempts. In 1989 he reinstituted parliamentary elections and gradual political liberalization; in 1994 he signed a formal peace treaty with Israel. King ABDALLAH II - the eldest son of King HUSSEIN and Princess MUNA - assumed the throne following his father's death in February 1999. Since then, he has consolidated his power and undertaken an aggressive economic reform program. Jordan acceded to the World Trade Organization in 2000, and began to participate in the European Free Trade Association in 2001. After a two-year delay, parliamentary and municipal elections took place in the summer of 2003. The Prime Minister and government appointed in April 2005 declared they would build upon the previous government's achievements to respect political and human rights and improve living standards.
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- November 3rd 2013 Petra: Of Amazing Sights, Surprises and Bbq'ing in a Cave...
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- October 25th 2013 "I love you, you love me, come back to my Beduoin cave for mint tea"
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- October 14th 2013 PETRA, JORDAN - DAY 12
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- October 13th 2013 DRIVE TO PETRA, JORDAN
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- October 2nd 2013 Ein Zimthuhn, ein Schatzhaus und eine Schießerei?
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- July 27th 2013 Petra - Monumental Graveyard!
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- May 7th 2013 Diving in the spectacular Red Sea, Safari driving with minors, absorbing the enchanting Petra and floating in the Dead Sea
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- May 5th 2013 Petra, Jordan
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- May 3rd 2013 Petra and the Unexpected Adventures
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- March 20th 2013 Jordan
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- January 31st 2013 Petra in the rain
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- January 30th 2013 Little Petra
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- January 21st 2013 Petra, Jordan
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- December 18th 2012 A glance at Petra
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- December 6th 2012 Where is Your Mother?
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- October 11th 2012 Petra - Jordan
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- July 23rd 2012 The Rose City - Petra
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- June 28th 2012 Amman and Petra
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- June 23rd 2012 Jordan, a Holy and friendly place
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- June 23rd 2012 Hiking through time; Petra
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