I just discovered the PERFECT video clip to illustrate why writing a thesis in Jordan was one of the worst experiences of my professional life. To make a long story short, a professor on the thesis committee deliberately tried to sabotage my thesis by holding up required paperwork… all because of a rivalry with my thesis adviser. The conflict escalated and culminated with my adviser physically punching his rival. During the ensuing investigation, both sides activated their “wasta” networks, which went as high as the Prime Minister of the country. The conflict dragged on for months, and I wrote my thesis with no supervision, all the while being unsure if I would be allowed to pass.
Anyway, check out the below video of a TV talk show. The guests are current and previous parliamentary representatives. Make sure you watch until the firearm appears. This clip should also tell you something about why Jordanians are so fed up with their parliament.