A Splendid Conspiracy by Albert Cossery

By Albert Cossery

Summoned domestic to Egypt after an extended ecu debauch (disguised as “study”), our hero Teymour—in the hole line of A ideal Conspiracy—is feeling “as unfortunate as a flea on a bald man’s head.” terrible Teymour sits forlorn in a provincial café, a miles cry from his loved Paris. outdated neighbors, although, rescue him. They applaud his phony degree as ideal in “a global the place every thing is false” they usually draw him into their hedonistic rounds as gents of rest. lifestyles, they clarify, “while primarily unnecessary is intensely interesting.”  The small urban could seem tedious, yet there are ladies to seduce, robust males to tease, and likewise unusual occasions: wealthy notables are disappearing.

Eyeing the machinations of our 3 excitement seekers and frightened in regards to the lacking wealthy males, the experts quickly see—in complicated schemes to mattress younger girls—signs of political conspiracies. the 3 younger males, even though incorrect for terrorists, get pleasure from freedom, wit, and romance. finally, even though “not each guy is in a position to appreciating what's round him,” the conspirators in excitement definitely do.

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46 By the 1960s the army had an extensive welfare service, including education, housing and medical facilities and the provision of generous financial allowances. 'The army . . receives generous patronage, salaries and other benefits and the regime makes a special effort to emphasise [its] potential status by giving [its] representatives privileged access to the palace'. 47 King Hussein has always taken a special interest in the army and had made every effort to build on the pre-existing loyalty of its troops.

11 The same pattern occurred at the Arab summits of 1964 and 1966 when King Hussein accepted many changes in Jordan's foreign policy. More than anything else, inter-Arab co-operation through the summit concept came as a total vindication of King Hussein's evolutionary view of achieving the ultimate goal of Arab unity. He sought to achieve fraternal relations, full Arab co-operation, support for the Arab League and to safeguard the right of every Arab country to organize its internal affairs and choose the social system that suits its own circumstances and national interests.

This meant that Egypt controlled the flow of trade out of the port and was able seriously to threaten Jordan's trade with Europe and North America. Although the replacement of U N troops with Egyptian ones at Sharm Al-Sheikh in southern Sinai in 1967 was directed against Israel, Jordan's poor relationship with the UAR at that time meant that Nasser could attempt to threaten Jordan's trade to the East as well. The only other trade routes open to Jordan were through the Mediterranean ports in Syria and Lebanon.

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