Global Politics

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PL SC 014 Monday, February 8th, 1999 Announcements: None Lecture notes: I. Current Events A. Domestic - Senate is going to vote on the impeachment of President Clinton within the next few days. 1. Within approx. 48 hours of the indictment of impeachment, President Clinton, along with the head of the Joint Chiefs, ordered two air strikes; one was on a factory that was thought to be producing warfare, but later it was found that it wasn't. 2. Some believe that he did this in hopes of diverting attention from the impeachment onto the air strikes. 3. Others believe that President Clinton should step down, because all his attention is on the trial and not enough on the affairs of the nation. B. International - The death of King Hussein of Jordan died, and now his son, who is still unproved in the politics. 1. King Hussein died from complications of cancer; he returned to Jordan two days ago after failed treatment at the Mayo clinic in the US. 2. King Hussein's son, King Adbullah II, was a career military man leading the Jordan special forces, until King Hussein appointed him his successor in January; for the last 34 years, King Hussein's brother was to be his successor. 3. Jordan is seen as a moderate Arab state, and it is vital to the peace in the region that it remain that way. If King Adbullah II continues his father's foreign policy ideology, it will keep the balance of power in the Middle East in favor of the moderate Arab states. 4. Jordan was second Arab nation to sign a peace treaty with Israel; the treaty was signed in 1994.
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5. Reason why Jordan had good relations with Israel: In the 1970s, Palestinians from Southern Israel moved into Jordan and attempted a coup d'etat to overthrow King Hussein. Syrian forces moved in to aid the Palestinians. To counter this move, Israel planes flew above Syrian tanks and ground forces. After seeing the planes, the
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