AMMAN, Jordan 

Even through the plane window, Jordan’s capital Amman shows itself to be an arid land, nearly bereft of green.

Bearing the vestiges of many civilizations, Jordan is a young Arab state on a time-worn land.

Until 1918 it was part of the Ottoman Empire, and later fell under U.K. mandate before finally achieving independence in 1946 as a parliamentary monarchy.

Considered one of the most liberal countries in the Arab world, Jordan is not exempt from the troubles affecting the larger region.

But even after many of its neighbors were embroiled in the Arab spring at the beginning

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