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Sands National Academy in Khelda Jordan: Corruption, Labor Violations, Terrorism

Sands National Academy in Khelda Jordan: Corruption, Labor Violations, Terrorism

(*Note* Contained therein is audio, screenshots, and bold block quotes from affidavits. Includes audio of Jordanian intelligence. Also briefly mentions International Independent School Airport Road, Nell Language Program, Terrorist Sheikh Muhammed Rateb Al Nabulsi, and Amman Governor Khaled Abu Zaid)

Introduction

The absolute worst international private school in Jordan is Sands National Academy (http://www.sandsacademy.edu.jo/ )  in Khelda. Its corpulent chairman, Gazan citizen but Jordanian resident Nihad Kanaan (an applicant to become a Chicago Illinois citizen), is a manipulative, lilly-livered pillock. Surpassing his Hindenburg belly, is the huge inauthenticity of his employment promises, promises with as much veracity as the Reader’s Digest’s cover portrait by Fred Freeman in 1966, excitingly predicting human travel by jet packs in 1999.  My tormenting journey at Sands was ungracefully inaugurated when I ninny hammer accepted a third-party agreement as a result of my American friend Garth’s personal acknowledgement with a duplicitous Nihad. Garth would work at Ma’arof School – leaving 30 days prior the conclusion of the semester at Sands – by replacing himself with me.  Initially and honestly, I desperately needed a labor contract, in uncontrollable consequence to a previous negligent employment, the International Independent School (IIS) on Airport Road (http://www.iis.edu.jo/Default.aspx?lang=en ), that failed to provide me one – in flagrant violation of Jordan’s labor laws – despite a two year coccydynia. Thus, succeeding Garth at Sands would be mutually beneficial so I may renew my legal residency within the Hashemite Kingdom. I also felt naively secure in this hopeful transaction because Nihad was purchasing educational consultation at the time from Nevine of Nell Language Program. Both Garth and I were employed by Nell Language Program part time. Nevine also had children attending Sands. Nevertheless, Nihad with an angelic Al Pacino smile exceeding images of innocence found in The Devil’s Advocate, had made it very clear that he concurred with this straightforward arrangement.

Although Nihad  is a premise evolution runs in two directions, he coaxed me into signing an annual labor contract, promising to give me my copy later. I thought nothing of this preceding stipulation.  However, the first augury -like the Grey Man ghost of Pawney Island South Carolina- of worse tribulations to storm, was what a soul-less Nihad capriciously did next. He, students, and faculty warmly welcomed me after securing my John Hancock, then he immediately filed a civil litigation suit against Garth for vacating the school prior the conclusion of the semester.  I humbly asked an obtuse Nihad on several occasions to retract the unjust suit. Even appealing to Islam, I begged Nihad to demonstrate compassion and generosity toward an American revert with a Jordanian/Palestinian wife, financing the extraneous support of several children on a meager teacher’s third world salary. Yet, I will never forget his single emetic retort verbatim on Garth, “I promise you. He’s gonna pay. No one likes niggers. All across the world…Even when they are Muslims.”

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Figure 1- Sands National Academy

The Contract

Garth would not be the only victim to Nihad’s labyrinth of deceit. On uncountable occasions for several months, my optimistic trips to the Human Resource (HR) and Nihad Kanaan’s office in expectation of that elusive labor contract copy were vain efforts. The HR replied with an enervating tap dance of buncombes every time, which several years of shoe polish couldn’t cover the wear and tear on my patience. Nihad also had two rude female secretarial watch dogs who would persistently eagle eye visitors and snap back with attempts of quick witted insults besmirching one’s self esteem, while insulting a person’s intelligence by arguing that one’s eyes were misleading when one witnessed a bloated cheap-suit draped Nihad enter his office earlier.  My nascent yet firm commitment of resolving my immigration issue were freshly energizing my persistent efforts and resilience against such underhanded tactics. However, that glimmering bleak light of hope became darker gradually.  Conversations with fellow employees inevitably revealed, there were others employed several years without their own labor contracts. I felt as if climbing a pinnacle while glancing down at the frozen 200 or so corpses lingering untouched at Mount Everest today. I surpassed my initial careful reluctance to enlarge the preceding conundrum, when I briefly thought of Nihad’s racist vexation on Garth and his discrimination I witnessed against a different African American female. It’s irrelevant that I am not African American, I am still human. Therefore, I  and Garth and other American expat employees of Sands filed complaints, submitting affidavits to Atef Majali at the National Centre of Human Rights, Dina at Tamkeen, Ruba at the Anti-Corruption Commission, and others.

Rhonditto Kelvin Sands National Academy employee:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/99755644@N05/24626448651/in/dateposted-public/

Conditions of School

Nihad’s school is equally as abysmal as his business ethics. It’s ajax-proof filthy with black stains, decaying food smashed like clay-do on the cracked floors, and decorated with marker doodled walls. One may view wooden cabinets in the front of classrooms where students store their textbooks, with doors completely missing or a few lingering off hinges. Many requests for textbooks on behalf of students were perpetually met with shrugging shoulders and “you just have to wait till the school decides to buy more.” One student lucky to receive a textbook, glanced at me smiling and snickering as he pulled the price tag off his book showing that after he paid 50 JDs, it was originally $17.  It was also an occasional occurrence to witness core courses such as Geography or Math, in which no textbooks were distributed for the length of the entire course. It’s like pushing a bus with students inside on the highway of education, without keys to the ignition. Additionally, there is an elevator which is as accessible as Melville Rain forest in Australia, only for the gecko VIP administrators. A near toothless permanent school hours guard –perfect stand-in for the movie The Hills Have Eyes -at the bottom floor elevator door, playfully swings his keys to the elevator in front of bewildered faces to childishly remind everyone. The cafeteria is an illustrious rip-off! Moajanat (pastry with meat)  which normally costs noos JD (half a JD) is exorbitantly tripled in price for students/teachers along with other less qualitative victuals. The school transparently emphasizes dirty profitable business over the pure value of education, and even the innocent youth there are tragically aware of it.

Nihad Kanaan’s Behavior

When a feist Nihad isn’t deducting from your defenseless salary without justification or not paying certain employees at all for months-some are outrageously coerced to sign loan slips for their missing income-he is comfortably chauffeured to and from Sands by a Jordanian driver in his pristine white Lexus SUV. Then, he appears as a Loch Ness sighting by prowling the classrooms like a pregnant vulture while repetitively expressing his whimsical displeasure with a negative intonation and sarcastic “Maa sha Allah” (God is great). Contrary to its normal positive connotation, it translates into you’ve done something wrong as brown-nosing faculty rush to specific agreeable postures like mime artists, meticulously place board markers or erasers in precise positions like interior decorators, tighten their neck ties as CEO aspiring businessmen, begin raising their voices disciplining students for acts formerly allowed prior to Nihad Kanaan’s arrival, the English Literature teacher Muhammed Amer would spark complaints voicing his desire to end his engagement with his fiancée to divert Nihad’s attention, and other obsequious shenanigans to win Kanaan’s quick nod of approval. In acts of bullying via gestures and eye movements and verbal cues befitting the character Bill Lumbergh in the film Office Space , his asinine logic behind his corrections is perception of dominance as opposed to reason. For example, once he caustically demanded I never chew gum , because it was too feminine. I still have yet to decipher the preceding mystery of Nihad Rubrics cube logic.  Just as he in Titanic fashion, proudly Christened his new hotel in Amman, Jordan with the precious name of his daughter Dina, by appending the gem name ‘Jewel’ after hers, the illustrious Dina Jewel Hotel. I am 100 percent certain though, he had no earthly idea Dina Jewel is a Norwegian porn actress.

Nihad boasts himself a Hashemite Capone Mafioso, bragging of his hidden legions within Zarqa (birthplace of Daesh founder Abu Musab Zarqawi)and his loyal Hamas minions in Gaza that he may snap fingers to snuff his opponents. He is a quintessential human Tammany breathing trophy –without the heart- proudly revealing in Boss Tweed emotionally driven gloating conversations the details to his corrupt ‘wasta’ strings within the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’s government and intelligence (wasta means connections one may bribe in Jordanian culture). And he has no bashful hesitance whatsoever in specifically naming the modern Jordanian equivalents of past corrupt New York policemen Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa. I wouldn’t doubt the veracity of such intimidating claims since he was previously deported during the first Gulf War from Saudi Arabia, by request of the United States, for reasons of National Security.

There is a neologism by employees at Sands, specifically the Chemistry teacher Jalal Odeh and Social Studies instructor Ossaid Bassam which was inculcated into me. They referred to Nihad as “Mr. X” and the other popular loving laureate, “motherfu##er.” They even in an expression of silent defiance taped a caricature of Nihad titled “Alaa Bobo”  in the back of the teacher’s room.

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Figure 2 Alaa Bobo

It humorously depicts a baby sitting below the mathematical division symbol, the cute benign baby in diapers representing Nihad and the division symbol meaning its archaic use as a marker of corrupted pages in a Greek manuscript. I thought it was creatively beautiful. More admirable, both Jalal and Ossaid divulged  to me at how they – along with other staff- attempted to win back their portions of deducted salaries by walking out as the Great Southwest Railroad Strike in America in 1886. Nihad in defense of this narrative’s poke at his pride-in true robber baron Jay Gould manner-would often brag in indulging reminiscence on how the many detailed complaints quickly vanished, without investigation or reprimand, in consequence to his discreet personal visits to court and labor ministry officials. The outcome by Jordan’s labor justice officials in regards to this aforementioned conflagration was welcoming those strikers back to their positions at Sands without punishment, and without their demands met. If Nihad isn’t wooing his many cronies, he is an emetic obese imitation of John Kennedy with wooing the Marilyn Monroes, Mimi Alfords, Guinilla Von Posts, and the Mary Meyers employed in his dirty jungle gym. Employees have asserted Nihad regularly manipulates personal loans to employees to tolerate his personal insults and sexual harassment. Although unconfirmed, one married female named Farah-with a verified dearth of experience and educational certification-was shockingly promoted to head of the international department for lower grades. Much gossip spread like the Great Fire of Southwark , London in 1212, that she finally did capitulate to Jabba the Nihad’s requests.

Rhonditto Kelvin Sands National Academy employee:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/99755644@N05/24626323081/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/99755644@N05/24352164179/in/dateposted-public/

Ossaid Bassam: SAT Fraud and Pedophilia

Inevitably  through the course of establishing closer relationships with the cast at Sands, it became ultimately transparent Nihad wasn’t the sole one deserving a division symbol overhead. Sands is a Sima Humboldt cave of Venezuela with its own lesser hominoid species. I recollect the disturbing bravado which Jalal Odeh often bragged that he ascertains SAT test copies from Saudi Arabia which he administers at Ossaid Bassam’s  800 SAT Center of Amman. The center was initially named Barron’s but was coerced out of copyright infringement to 800 SAT Center of Amman with the banal inaccurate cliché “we ace it.” It should be “we sell it.”

800 SAT Center of Amman Page:

https://www.facebook.com/800-SAT-Center-Amman-406253596062728/?fref=nf

Initially, I thought Jalal’s boasting unlikely, though Ossaid asked once if I knew anyone in or intended to travel to Saudi Arabia. It was an odd question. The course of events transformed my opinion though, first witnessing a Sands student’s attempt to furiously pound Jalal, as Ossaid physically restrained him. My students non-chalantly peering into the hallway, voluntarily informed me that Jalal promised the student an approximate grade on the SAT  at the 800 SAT Center which did not materialize.  I eventually discovered many from Sands were customers or employees of the center. The second fishy indication was when I witnessed a student ‘earn’ a high score on her SAT Spanish exam – announced on the center’s Facebook page – yet I discovered her unable to conjugate basic tenses nor correctly identify sentence placement of subject and object pronouns for my Spanish quiz I administered when I substituted for Ossaid’s Spanish class, a couple days after her exam. Other random students also came forward in tandem to voice similar grievances.  I was finally convinced when two students’ parents complained of the distinct irregular high scores of certain 800 SAT Center students juxtaposed with their lower abilities within the Sands’ classroom. It was like glancing at an American type A two-prong plug fit inside a European type D three-prong outlet. Anyone familiar with charades or hangman as a youth, could deduct something was obviously wrong. And it was not humorously entertaining or as secretive as the 2004 film, The Perfect Score.

When an average human sees a pile of feces, queries of where it derived are first. Thus, I often forcibly restrain my racism when tempted to query about the cultural and religious laxatives of the fecal Ossaid Bassam. Yet, he is an overwhelming premise to augment the adage “two wrongs don’t make a right,” his parents are prime examples. One day with shameless agog, Ossaid proudly asserted his sexual prowess by displaying half-naked pictures of adolescents on his mobile. Some sporting cheap bright heavy make-up, another sitting on a swivel chair with crossed legs held high exposing pink panties, and one with a Sands High school senior jacket. It was as tolerable as the possessed girl performing masturbation with a crucifix in one scene from The Exorcist. One image suddenly provoked me to request he return to it. It was a Playboy type pose of the under-age sister of my prior student at the International Independent School (IIS) on Airport Road. Ossaid claimed her parents were comfortable with this pedophilia arrangement. Personal Facebook correspondence with the previously mentioned student also verified Ossaid’s narrative. In accordance with my request, a journalist colleague performed a thorough background check on Ossaid. It got deeper. He was also incarcerated for sexual harassment and domestic abuse of under-age females in the past.  My complaints of the Jordanian equivalent of Delaware pediatrician Earl Brian Bradley to Sands personnel were met with indirect warnings by unconcerned administrators and cohorts, to mind my own business. It was a cultural thing they explained. On the other hand, Nihad laughed stating “his [Ossaid’s] past makes him a profitable employee (meaning he can pay him less than other teachers).”   Nevertheless, in hopes of the ghost contract to mysteriously appear and inured to the complacence of administration, I followed warnings making no commotion. One day, a female 10th grade student at Sands asked if I could convince Ossaid to remove her images on his mobile. I strongly urged her to inform her parents and the police. She dispelled her fear of ‘honor killings’ in her culture. I then realized the culture at Sands was disgusting, and helplessly tragic! Ossaid’s emetic impunity upon which he acts out his sexual indiscretions on innocent under-age prey could only be acceptable in a twisted culture wherein something akin to the allegations of Jordan Chandler’s relationship with Michael Jackson, could possibly be viewed grotesquely valuable as love and acceptable as culture.

One employee’s affidavit stated:

There have been several cheating incidents in the school on the external exams for the S.A.T. program. The individual responsible for these incidents still works at Sands school and is in partnership with the school’s owner in a private learning center that provides S.A.T. workshops. The same individual who is in this partnership has also engaged in improper sexual behavior with the female students of Sands.

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Figure 3 Social Studies teacher at Sands and Owner of 800 SAT Center of Amman Ossaid Bassam

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Ossaid Bassam – Banging under-age students and hunting down journalists , what he calls Western spies like Daesh does

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Ossaid’s brother and accomplice, Eyas Hamdan

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Hiding something under the skirt at 800 SAT Center of Amman

Conversation with my IIS student Ayah Zaher on Pedophilia by Ossaid:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/99755644@N05/26596444664/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/99755644@N05/27060103442/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/99755644@N05/27060109802/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/99755644@N05/26549315694/in/dateposted-public/

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/99755644@N05/27060103442/in/dateposted-public/

Pedophilia complaint by anonymous second student:

https://liarscheatersrus.com/sands-national-academy-gigalo-ossaid-bassam-hamdan.html

Sands’ Faked Accreditation and Grades

The above is only a peel of the onion-layered secret within Nihad’s private dungeon.  In one peel, I witnessed instructors callously record grades into the EduWave system. In another peel, a female teacher -typing beside me- unconscionably advised me to increase Palestinian students’ grades above Jordanian and refugee students. In a third peel, I was unable to provide grades for 12th grade students who never attended classes. I was told by an administrator to ‘double’ – as she put it-the previous grades of these truant pupils from the prior semester, by a completely different teacher, as my own grade submission. I humbly requested she fulfill her own request which she did many times for the 12th grade seniors.  As one employee stated in his affidavit:

I was told to fake grades, and test results.

I had students in my class who were out 70% of the semester however, they still received perfect grades, and students who were not able to speak or write English [ in international classes requiring English proficiency] yet still got enviable grades.

 

The pulp of the onion mystery however is how the school maintains accreditation. When employed there, there was no curriculum. Many requests of such were answered by equivocal colleagues and the head of the international department, Ms. Fawzia, with “just follow the book pages.” When querying staff on the basic fundamentals, the main concepts of courses, clueless cricketing silence and assuaging remarks of “the book has it all” were disturbingly commonplace.

An affiant stated:

During my work on the accreditation I discovered that the school had falsified a lot of the information that was presented to the accreditation committee, including student results and the facts presents(sic. presented) to the accreditation committee.

 

Physical Abuse of Students

The abusive atmosphere of Sands is repulsively dangerous in my professional opinion. Covering windows are iron steel bars – which is understandable to prevent students from falling stories high to the ground – but you would think there could have been some other structure. Or schools would avoid placing the profit margin above quality and safety, by building horizontally –purchasing extra land-rather than vertically. Those bars with the endemic constant insults of “heywan” (animals) by faculty is a self-fulfilling prophecy, consequently exacerbating students’ behavior as they begin to subconsciously accept they are sub-human. In addition to the psychological demur, a few teachers and administrators occasionally slap, punch, and slam students. In one traumatic experience, the P.E. teacher shoved open my 10th grade International classroom door, as he chased a student, Hamzah, like an insect into the corner. He proceeded to repetitively kick Hamzah on his right leg and buttocks area, humiliatingly slapping him on his head and face multiple times. He then crumbled Hamzah’s sweater into his knuckles and pressed them against Hamzah’s fragile chest back and forth several times, as he then commenced to suffocate Hamzah by pushing his clenched fist/shirt conglomeration further toward the throat area of Hamzah. This bullying behavior by teachers is unfortunately the norm and the majority of the victims are refugee students and non-Palestinians. This consequentially influences students to do the same to their peers, in a Hashemite version of The Hunger Games.  In another memorable occurrence, Ossaid Bassam ordered his Palestinian students to hold down a Syrian who insulted Palestine on the cold floor in a crucifix position, as he calculatingly lifted his right knee high into the air with textbooks in his left arm, and slowly shoved his dirty boot onto this student’s petite chest, then directly onto the right cheek of his red-blushed face.

Bullied Student at Sands National Academy:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/99755644@N05/26883691560/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/99755644@N05/26883692750/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/99755644@N05/26883693870/in/dateposted-public/

Terrorism at Sands

At Sands, there is a level of anti-western/Israeli  ideology which is abnormally high and dangerous like the Nazi substance N. The administration and faculty at Sands are pro-Hamas, which is gossamer obvious to the perspicacious. Occasionally, I witnessed Ossaid, an obese male math instructor, a Jordanian female social studies teacher, the Biology teacher Nura Abboud, the computer teacher Hosni (Hosni is a Circassian and always brags about his uncle’s former position as a chief in the Jordanian intelligence), and others; inculcate pro-Hamas and anti-Western/Israeli rhetoric to pupils. Sometimes, Jalal Odeh and the P.E instructor would play with de-armed firearms they hid in the teacher’s office. The P.E instructor screamed Al Jihad Islamee fe Falesteen (Palestinian Islamic Jihad) when Jalal would suddenly correct him with Tawhid Al Jihad (the Salafist group led by Jordanian Abbad Al-Rahman Brizat  who murdered Italian activist, Vittorio Arrigoni). Ossaid often vocally claimed a respect for the creatively intelligent cruel extortion activities of Ramadan Shalah. My eardrums painfully endured and my eyes distressingly read Quranic verses or hadiths and baseless unsupported generalizations justifying the melodramatically hopeful destruction of Israel and the West, persistent detailed yet fallacious theses refuting Democracy, gross erroneous generalizations attenuating and even promoting the murder of innocent victims in the Palestine struggle; from students’ in-class speeches and essays. Most importantly, I witnessed in agony, teachers imbibe in the new generation of youth, what former Minister of Culture, Sabri Rbeihat, forewarned:

Many politicians ignore the fact that the problem today lies in the emergence of a new culture that hates life, celebrates death, and attacks and quickly eliminates anything symbolizing liberty, life, and happiness.

It deeply hurt me. The self destructive cycle of hatred is what every teacher ‘should’ strive to efface. But its prevalence within Sands became inevitably transparent as to why. Unlike Munther Hussein – chairman of the International Independent School – who employed me previously  under explicit terms that my salary would facilitate an  expedition to Gaza in which he also generously appended the offer of  ‘anything I wanted from the Hamas government’ to augment Hamas’ image of legitimacy , a slithering Nihad Kanaan was less direct but more tacitly venomous. During a period of time relations were positive, my requested attendance in scaly Nihad’s dirty office oddly progressed into a jejune conversation on the topics of life’s purpose, Palestinian resistance, honor and death, Jennah (heaven), and Gaza. The gist, a self-promoting Nihad thirsty for recognizable importance in an unknown outside conglomerates’ eyes, attempted to recruit me for violent jihad in Gaza! This unbelievable moment completely explained the aforementioned Hamasology I witnessed at Sands National Academy. I now understood everything like the missing jig-saw puzzle piece! His demeanor was so brazenly infantine and translucent, his assumption I was so gullible so insulting, that I nearly was unsuccessful in requesting he himself commit suicide by climbing his own ego and leaping to his intelligence! But I restrained myself in hopes the mysterious labor contract would appear. I later learned I was not the only employee ‘blessed’ with the same ‘generous’ offer by a narcissistic Nihad.

Sands National Academy Students’ Extremist Thoughts:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/99755644@N05/26927458240/in/dateposted-public/

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Ossaid Bassam Extremist Thoughts, SAT test Cheating, and Pedophilia:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/99755644@N05/27133392731/in/dateposted-public/

Jalal Odeh (short one) and P.E. Teacher (beanie hat) Playing with Guns:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmGEO9SFYbY

Another prevalent theme in Sands is a suffocating, insidious religious bigotry. Opening introductions by the majority are on one’s religious affiliation. Are you Christian or Muslim? Jew was unthinkable, thus only reserved for insults. The religious bigotry wasn’t as overt as the principal of the International Independent School (IIS) , Mr. Fuad, demanding I remove my silver chain with God’s name on it because it is haram (a sin). Or when terrorist Sheikh Muhammed Rateb Al Nabulsi once guest lectured to the students and faculty at IIS about how the death penalty should be enacted against homosexuals, killing all Jews was halal (blessed by God), and violent jihad against the West – which he inexplicitly but tacitly included the 9-11 attacks when questioned by an audience member- is an obligation of the youth; but in level of inimical discrimination and frequency of chalk board scratching annoyance, Sands and IIS both comprise of Bob Jones’ Kool-Aid drinkers. It is ironic to point out that though Sheikh Nabulsi -who supports the death penalty for homosexuality- is the featured guest visitor in a picture on IIS’ website, while employed there I regularly witnessed the bus supervisor joke around by inserting foreign objects in the anus of colleagues, squeezing the buttocks of his bus drivers, formulating lewd sexually explicit jokes daily, shoving his employees’ faces into his crotch area, and rubbing his penis on their body parts.

Signs of religious extremism at Sands are equally disturbing. The same aforementioned female administrator that ‘doubled’ grades for the senior class, opined to me -in complaint to my high grades for female students-that Islam posits men are more intelligent. The math instructor tightly shook my hand, emphasizing the right hand’s use in mundane tasks was mandatory in Islam. I also witnessed a skinny short pale female teacher make a huge fuss in favor of expelling Renee Descarte and Thomas Paine from the library shelf because they were written by Satan. The P.E. teacher –who mercilessly beat students-would often criticize me when not praying with him. The teacher for religion class (I don’t comprehend why its religion class, they teach only Islam) regularly indoctrinates the class with eschatological themes of Judgment Day while predicting the date to be soon, reassuring the majority Palestinian students of returning to Palestine. While also occasionally indoctrinating pupils that Shia Muslims are disbelievers destined for hell and King Abdullah II is a messenger as the prophets Mohammed, Eisa (Jesus), Musa (Moses), and others of antiquity. Original thought or analytical thinking, questioning norms and tradition, or analyzing anything without an Islamic perspective was taboo, possibly even flirting with blasphemy. And slowly I began to sullenly realize that the hadiths (reported speech of the Prophet Muhammed) had replaced -by De Facto use- the Quran, as hadiths became the apotheosis for ‘real’ Muslims to even limiting masturbation with the right hand.

As Zuleikha Abu Risha asserted:

The poisoned Islamist tree, planted in the 1960s, has borne fruit – in the form of an educational system that opposes creativity and asking questions, sanctifies the past, does not deviate from its [rigid] path, detests logic and anything new or innovative, levels accusations of heresy, and incites to hatred, violence, and killing – to the point where students have become robots who recite prayers to keep themselves from harm, instead of investing efforts in finding solutions

Such vitriolic Islamic exceptionalism obviously led to discrimination. One former Christian employee complained she was regularly discriminated against, even when juxtaposing treatment during Muslim and Christian holidays.  Another affiant stated in her job recruitment experience at Sands:

November 1, 2015 I was called at 10a.m. and asked to be to work at 11a.m. at Sands (the smaller school). After meeting with Ms. Abeer, the principle, she said she definitely wanted to hire me. She explained how the month training would be for November and that for the month they would pay me 350jod and then we would renegotiate the contract and possibly pay me more.

November 2, 2015 an admin staff member came to my class to get my passport. She returned it to me 10 minutes later. About 10 minutes later she came and got the passport again, this time returning it about 20 minutes later. Later that afternoon Ms. Abeer seen me in the hallway and asked (in an aggressive manner) many questions about why I was in Israel and how long was I there. Eventually, my response was, “I’m not sure why any of that matters.”

About 30 minutes later an American teacher can (Sic. came) to my class and asked to speak with me in the hallway. She asked the following questions, “Why is my head covered? Why is it not covered on my passport photo? Why was I in Israel? How long was I there? What is my religion? How long will I be in Jordan?” This teacher stated, “In Jordan, religion is everything. You are defined by your religion. It tells these people who you are as a person. You can be Muslim, that’s ok. As a Christian they will tolerate you but you can’t not be anything. You can’t be like an atheist or a Buddhist.” She then asked was I Buddhist and leaned forward laughing. She said, “Please don’t be mad at me for asking these questions. Ms. Abeer really wants to know and I can’t not ask. You’ll learn that you don’t tell her no. If she tells you to do something you just kinda do it. I need my job, I can’t afford to loose (Sic, lose) it.”

Rhonditto Kelvin Sands National Academy employee:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/99755644@N05/24602048292/in/dateposted-public/

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Figure 4 Picture taken from IIS website. Munther Hussein second from left, front row. Mr. Fuad far right. Middle is Terrorist Sheikh Muhammed Rateb Al Nabulsi

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Figure 5 – Bus Supervisor at IIS rubbing penis on bus driver

Figure 6-Bus supervisor shoving bus driver face into his crotch at IIS

Articles on Sheikh Nabulsi’s extremism and terrorism:

https://counterjihadreport.com/tag/sheikh-mohammad-rateb-al-nabulsi/

http://nypost.com/2014/03/02/state-dept-lets-anti-gay-muslim-leader-into-u-s/

The Set Up

My eye-widening exposure to such potentially dangerous intransigence, was suddenly triggered after an implacable Nihad verbally expressed knowledge of my official complaints against Sands. It was the precise tone he employed when apprising me that word finally got back to him, which indicated the electric match for the following H2+O2 chemical combustion. My punishment arrived by intentional provocation and later insults, from his hordes of terrorist cheerleaders. Specifically, the boorish biology teacher, Nura Abboud, calmly fawned me on the football field , sparking an uncomfortable perfunctory conversation about how she was unjustly deported from Israel for terrorism, then directly asking, “do Israelis contact you sometimes?” Confused, I thought her English was defunct so I replied I had Palestinian and Israeli friends. That’s what I thought she meant. Afterwards, she suddenly began conversing in my presence with the fatuous principal, a lazy faced Naima Al-Momani, about which germane products were boycotted according to the BDS campaign (Boycott , Divest, Sanction). As a morose Ms. Momani departed, Nura then drilled me with melodramatic encomiums of Al Qassam and Hamas, Harikat Al Sabireen, Harikat Al Jihadi Islami le Falasteen, and more;  which progressed into her sickening glamorization of Palestinian jihadists knifing Israelis today. My silence allowed the ticking of the clock to be amplified until her uncomfortably strange conversation led to her mollifying eulogy of Ahmad Daqamseh. I declared Daqamseh’s  murdering of innocent children on a school bus was not heroism.  I struck a nerve.  Or, I was finally caught in Nura Abboud’s childish mouse trap on behest of a craven Nihad Kanaan.

The facetious domino effect resulting afterwards made extremely apparent the snake pit paucity of education and tolerance I was truly encapsulated within. An irascible Nura –like an intrusive elementary child- hopped like a bulimic Kermit the Frog  through the halls, cacophonously informing others of what I confided. Within 3 hours my condemnation of Daqamseh diffused like an assiduous Bubonic Plague. In 10 minutes, an elderly indolent Ms. Naima proudly raised her pointy nose and swiftly passed beside me –possibly speeding on her Qassam broom stick- with the exculpating invective, “we know who the real terrorists are. You Americans!” A half hour later, a desultory Ossaid Bassam, occluding the teacher’s room with his body in the doorway, cursed America declaring his ostentatious approval of US State Department listed terrorist groups. When querying if King Abdullah II felt the same, he retorted “(expletive) the King!” An hour afterwards, the overweight 150 LB once introverted hall monitor with a hijab, materialized into the extroverted braggart of an erudite and declared publicly that I was Daesh. Two hours later, the female Jordanian sloth-like history instructor with spider man eyes and a Smokey coarse voice from the international section (grades 9-12) walked the entire arduous journey up two floors to the computer room-my last refuge from such proliferating attacks- and phlegmatically and artlessly averred in front of the Computer teacher Hosni, she longed for Democracy and America’s destruction.  3 hours on, a few obsequious students metamorphosed and burgeoned this character defamation –under the direction of instructors at Sands and upon Nihad’s tacit approval- into I was a Zionist 38 year old Tom Cruise of Mission Impossible with a pop-belly, that traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to ascertain the highly classified insensible secret that Nihad Kanaan was a thieving terrorist sympathist and Sands was a garbage dump paragon tragically confused for an average school. It was both incredulously comical and despicable. Especially since I have been a Palestinian activist for ten years , one who helped organize the first 2009 nationwide marches with the AAPER (American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights) for Palestine across America. Although I inertly survived the day’s austere multiple derisions and denigrations with equanimity until I punched out of work, the next morning, I was unexpectedly terminated by a smiling obdurate Nihad, without reason. Without my deductions of my salary returned. Without my last month’s pay.  And without a copy of my ephemeral contract.

Figure 7 Biology teacher at Sands: Nura Abboud

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Corrupt Governor, Journalists, and Jordanian Intelligence

Nihad’s final discourse with me was under the context of unwarranted termination, which was indeed suspiciously memorable. As he mischievously reached out with his fat right fingers to softly squeeze and waggishly shake my left cheek in a deceptively jeering, yet insulting manner, he briefly remarked with a cunning smile “good luck with your immigration problem. Maybe Nevine will save you soon (Nevine was my boss at Nell Language Program and Nihad’s business partner).” Two weeks afterwards, the governor of Amman Jordan, a stolid reptilian-faced Khaled Abu Zaid, gave me a pungent ultimatum after phoning me. Similar to outlaws guilty of murder in the Old West, I had only one week –with or without sufficient funds- to depart Jordan.  In my resoluteness, I appealed for advice from Atef Majali of the National Center of Human Rights who advised I secure another labor contract, renew my residency, and remain in Jordan.  He expressed it was only a minor immigration issue. I met with Rana Sweiss , Amman correspondent of the New York Times and messaged Naseem Tarawneh of the blog The Black Iris, who both seemed supportive asking me on several occasion to update them with developments. Inevitably, they let me down by refusing to investigate anything. I also asked Nevine for help, she laconically responded with lassitude that she couldn’t. Shortly afterwards, while teaching a business class at Nell Language Program, another employee named Ms. Suzanne -who has worked with US Aid-was escorted by a reticent Jordanian peer who oddly and generously offered his free legal representation. This man, Mustafa Alfreahat, claimed he was a prior Jordanian intelligence officer and an acting lawyer. I confirmed the attorney claim by traveling to his office with him at the Ministry of Justice. The intelligence part, I verified its veracity through honest and untainted journalist colleagues.

Mustafa briskly visited Governor Khaled Abu Zaid’s office, then rang me. He melodramatically notified me that I was under expulsion in consequence to my controversial publications on Syrian refugees. Perhaps the Jordanian intelligence was disturbed and desired my ousting because of my penmanship and film production on Syrian migrants, but I was indubitably convinced that the final catalyst was Nihad who lubricated the wheels of that machinery. His suspicious comment at termination, the persistence and speed of the Jordan government to focus on me after his termination, and friends in the Jordan government all augment my assertion. Nevertheless, I followed the gambit of Mustafa’s disinformation quibble. Through our personal conversations at his abode and sporadic phone discussions, he confided that his employer/father and him bartered a ‘fortuitous’ yet shady under-the-table 10,000 JD deal with Khaled Abu Zaid and the Jordanian intelligence, to rescind my seemingly recondite extradition. Immediately following this putrid proposition, I began receiving numerous vituperative and impulsive calls from hostile unknown sources verbally touting “National Security” in their impetuous demands to meet with me. All refused to professionally substantiate themselves to confirm their sinecures in the Jordan government. Thus, I vocally and purposely appeared non-viscous but followed the advice of the US Embassy of Amman to physically ignore this communication. I suspected this was about extortion. I satiated Mustafa’s pretentiousness long enough to elicit more information and to milk-the-clock in order to hopefully enable the discovery of another employment contract, while letting my inaction be the ultimate accumulative response to his gossamer corrupt gestures. This prevaricating silence earned some extra time but not enough sadly to precipitate the renewal of my residency. And I’m not sure if it would have. Inevitably my loving wife (an Iraqi refugee) and I, were booted from Jordan. The issued paperwork derived directly from the Jordanian intelligence. But no specific reason was printed.

Jordanian Intelligence calling me about “National Security”:

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Figure 8 Amman Governor Khaled Abu Zaid second from left

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The Future Youth

I pen this solicitous diatribe because I sincerely long for the Middle East’s posterity,  my students, the fresh to be brighter future. A time-distant or near-when perhaps free housing, unemployment welfare, and free medical care may become a reality in the Middle East as in developed nations. In addition, I hope for an educational atmosphere which is competitively qualitative in juxtaposition with the world. Although problematic circumstances are omnipresent to the youth, we all must change within before transforming the outside enigmatic world. We begin by being the change we wish in the world and never becoming inured or capitulating to ‘any specious thing’ or ‘any dogmatic creed’ soporifically producing less than what all humans deserve, the best. Such wishful materialization’s second step, among many footprints in prudence, is to honestly point out rather than repudiating, ignoring, or attenuating flaws;  and boldly cooperating together in remedying problems existing today, as with Sands National Academy. Instead of childishly pointing the finger in torpor at the Manichean ‘other,’ we absolutely must despise injustice by our own nation, religion, culture, or school if we truly espouse the preceding rather than selfishly manipulate them. Benjamin Lay, Wiliam Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Tubman, and others are venerated within the annals of history not for ending slavery with their sole tangential acts, but for courageously and profoundly pushing the societal limits while surpassing acceptable demarcation boundaries diametric to many of their contemporaries. Despite my exile, I am proud and completely unapologetic for imitating the preceding against corruption, labor violations, terrorism, and for supporting Syrian refugees’ rights in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Exile is not a stigma but in contrast, an admirable sign of conscience most prophets of antiquity also endured. I only regret the misfortune of nature’s cruel incapacitation at birth, to not possess enough fingers to fully express myself to a refractory Nihad and his unscrupulous praetorian cronies.

Nihad Kanaan: Chicago’s Terrorist Problem

As a former Pentagon contractor and an instructor for various defense-related projects with 6 years experience in international schools in the Middle East, I attempted to divulge to Jennifer Cramer Kelley in personal communication, the environment her husband -an American contractor in Saudi Arabia- worked within, before his death.  We deal with discreet high levels of anti-Americanism and corruption, sometimes even working with known supporters of terrorism, all the preceding hidden or covered up under the umbrella  of Duanne Clarridge’s National Security. Including via the hands of our very own government and some Mockingbird journalists. Like the many Filipinos in Jordan shoved off roofs with their deaths labeled ‘suicides’ for revealing the dirty secrets of their abusive employers; the unprinted often heard rumor in Jordan pertaining to the ‘suicides’ of Jumana and Soraya Salti, was the same preceding scenario with Filipinos. I feel strongly the same occurred to Jennifer’s husband. Suicide is the name for how they get rid of you here in the Middle East, when you are going to reveal something sensitive like corruption. As an American, I am extremely angry at my government for their feigned ineptitude and occasionally aiding the cover-ups. As a human, I am truly sorry and hurt by Jennifer’s irreplaceable loss. As with previous cover-ups involving the USS Liberty ship attacked by Israel, and Jordan’s Intel given to the US on Laila Yaghi son’s activities within the Hashemite Kingdom; I’ve learned first-hand that National Security, a god on earth, is above American lives as well. And now I know why a European computer programmer smiled at me in Syria, when he met family businessmen of the Bin Laden family in 2010. Despite what occurs to innocent humans as Jennifer’s husband, Laila Yaghi’s son, the victims of the USS Liberty, or with me; it’s business as usual.

Jennifer Cramer Kelley’s husband: http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2016-01-14/contractors-death-in-saudi-arabia-unresolved-a-year-later

Salti Sisters: https://lumamufleh.com/2015/11/13/an-open-letter-to-his-majesty-king-abdullah-and-her-majesty-queen-rania/

Laila Yaghi:

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/december212012/ziyad-yaghi-sj.php

It is also salient to note Jihad , Nihad, has invested in businesses in the bustling Chicago , Illinois region of the United States. He has also –through the conduit of his wife serving as paper secretary – applied for a Green Card. His employment practices, frivolous lawsuits, intimidation and corruption, and Hamas package will soon be a permanent imprint making a new tortuous conveyor belt of American victims at home, rather than American expats abroad. Just dig up the spectrum of labor complaints against him in Jordan as a portent! But perhaps the propensity for the powerful lure of dirty money and quickly erased e-mail servers can arrange immunity from scrutiny of the moral turpitude statue for immigration. Who knows?  Dutch scientist Lotte Geveen stated the 30,000 feet deep hole in Windischeschenbach Germany, makes a similar percussion sound as a heart beat in the silent depths of the hollow earth. I am of the impression that many need consider digging deeper for Nihad’s. There is no doubt Nihad will discreetly enact his childish cowardly terrorist antics upon me, in return for this honest diatribe, but I envision that the hero Thomas Nast would confidently thumbs up the retort, “I simply don’t give a ##it!” For all Nihad’s innocent silenced victims including dear fellow Americans of mine, whatever their race, I pray that a bold Nepenthese Attenboroughi pitcher plant awaits such cowardly rodent hereafter.  All of us humans may be so lucky.

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Bio:

Siraj Davis has a Master of Arts in History and is currently a teacher with a command of six languages, and a freelance journalist for human rights issues. He has spent eight years researching examples of violent and non-violent insurgencies and counterinsurgencies or Low Intensity Conflicts across the world, in various contexts and backgrounds. His first book was “Religious Fanaticism and Abolition: Early 19th Century Marginalization of David Walker and Nat Turner” and he is currently working on his second book “The Pursuit of Love Against the War on Terrorism.” He has also published various academic journal and newspaper articles. He has organized and lobbied for human rights and immigration reform with organizations such as Amnesty International, American Families United, SOA Watch, US Campaign for Burma, the American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights, and more. Davis is president of the Collective Consciousness human rights organization and a constituent of the Truth Justice and Peace Movement. He is currently focused on the Free Ziyad Yaghi Campaign, Peace in Palestine/Israel Conflict, and all refugees. Davis is also a former pugilist and 1991 AAU/JKA National Shotokan Karate Champion. He is now in Erbil, Kurdistan teaching World/US History at the American international School, while also teaching the Peshmerga fighters English during the summers there.

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On The King’s Agenda for Reform in Jordan: The American ESL Center, A Professional Nightmare, Video)

Republished from Before It’s News

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Saturday, March 23, 2013 15:11

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This is a result of a year long investigation by grassroots human rights organization, Collective Consciousness. If you do not publish it, it will be news is what we can promise.

The story entails a language center in Amman, Jordan which has since 2006 continuously defrauded foreign teachers and students, severely abused its employees, sold copyright infringement, refused to pay its employees and fulfill promises, assaulted its employees, possibly spied and distributed personal information of its employees, and committed immigration fraud. This article attached to this e-mail is a product of Jordanians and Americans working together to stress the importance of labor reform needed in the country of Jordan. We hope with the recent article published in the Atlantic about the King of Jordan emphasizing his desire for reforming Jordan, this will be a positive message.

Below is one of the undercover videos we at Collective Consciousness have taken of the owner of this language center. Its contents reveal the owner, Khaled Allouzi, speaking horribly about other employees and also engaged in conversation about paying instructors to bring in students to cheat on the TOEFL exam (immigration fraud).

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We have also attached photos of the location to this e-mail. There are photos of the back of the center, the front of the building where the center is located next to Majdi Mall, and the inside of the center.

Our evidence comprises of over 12 affidavits by former students and employees, public blog posts, and undercover video evidence. Education Testing services, the US Embassy, and the National Center of Human Rights are privy to this investigation.

The American ESL Center in Amman, Jordan:

A Professional Nightmare

 

 

 

 

 

The American English as a Second Language Center (AESLC) is filled with bustling students eager to improve the speaking and listening comprehension skills not available at the traditional four year universities. Wonderful personalities, avid enthusiasts of the English language, and ambitious young adults seek an avenue to explore new opportunities they may ascertain with the English language. On the surface of this apotheosis, the appearance is one of a great business location which buttresses the potential talents of language students. Albeit the cliché involving appearances and deception is a tiring one to read or hear, its veracity has not exhausted as much significance as its waning popularity.

The AESLC has a stature equivalent to most infamous establishments, and it is a poignant example of why labor laws are often beneficial not solely to employees, but to customers and a country. The AESL Center is owned by a husband and wife who claim both American and Jordanian citizenship. Since 2006, the center has promulgated public complaints in blogs and discussion posts on social websites, private and public verbal condemnation, and also formal grievances against the center. The chatter on this place is proliferating and can no longer be ignored. What are the conundrums? The following is a result of a year-long discreet investigation by human rights organization, Collective Consciousness.

Abuse

The abuse of employees and customers encompasses more psychological than physical offenses, yet the damage is just as insidious. The criticism by former employees in a plethora of sworn testimonies range from personal insults of a humiliating manner by the husband-wife martinet owners of this establishment, to being contemned at for false accusations, and to mendacious threats. The only positive aspect of the owners’ severe abuse is they are at least not ribald when humiliating their employees. Several secretaries have been witnessed by teachers and customers, crying and shaking after being hollered at for such trivial mistakes as asking the female owner if she desired coffee, requesting salaries after the center was several months delinquent in releasing the funds to employees, or making a minor error such as forgetting to inform a customer of a TESOL class or a special discount by the center. One former employee stated,

“There are two other examples of unacceptable managerial behavior I witnessed, as did other teachers and students, openly in the center. The first one was a specific incident in which #### [female center owner] yelled and reprimanded a secretary in public while class was in session, sending her to tears. I can’t claim knowledge of the conflict, but feel compelled to mention the sight of the secretary crying. There was a student beside me who asked what had happened. I won’t forget that moment.”

A former coffee boy was sadly seen by two former employees being aggressively slapped, spit on, and chased out of the center by the male owner of the business on more than one occasion.

Teachers have also been menaced and threatened in front of students including one incident where the female owner chased a fleeing teacher out of her office after he repeatedly begged her “please #### , just leave me alone.” This employee was being admonished and mocked in front of the owners’ children and the Lead Instructor, within the confines of her dirty small office for over a time length of an hour. During the course of this interrogation, this employee had answered his phone and acted as if he had hung up his cell phone, when in fact, he kept the phone line open. A colleague on the other line heard the female owner screaming while the victim continuously brooked and requested in a polite and calm manner that he be treated as a human being.  When he decided to leave, the female owner yelled, “You’re not going anywhere” and proceeded to hunt him down like prey from her office into the cafeteria area to commence scolding him in front of many students. Another former employee stated, “I have witnessed many experiences where teachers were yelled at, called stupid in many ways, where teachers were threatened by management to not get paid.” Other encounters by past employees enumerate persistent paranoid accusations by the owners against teachers for stealing textbooks, teaching outside of the center, he-said/she-said logomachy, and more.

Other expostulations by several former employees involve the two owners playing a childish game of divide-and-conquer where teachers would be secretly called into the office of either owner and ingratiate the employee with a warning that another instructor is spreading horrible gossip about him or her, that a co-worker is trying to steal or cadge their students or purloin their opportunities for promotion, and more. This type of strategy does well in creating an unhealthy environment where the staff are more concerned about their colleagues’ perfidy and fighting each other rather than on querying why their salaries are late despite the center declaring at a teacher’s meeting the opening of a new AESL center in Irbid city and the purchasing of brand new technologically advanced time clocks by the owners/parvenuses who own the AESL Center, why the printers and computers are suddenly not working immediately prior to deadlines for staff paperwork, why their students have no textbooks two weeks before the end of a six week course, why spurious promises by the owners are not fulfilled, why there is a high rate of employee turnover or signs of abuse in employees, and more. However, there is a plus for the employment of such management strategy, though for the owners. It increases the temporary competitiveness of teachers against each other, and thus augments the productivity of the center’s employees until the antagonist or protagonist of a puppeted conflict quits.  As one former employee stated,

“I was also put in the office several times with ####, where she told me about other teachers talking badly about me to my students and to the management. Things escalated (by this I mean this behavior continued and got really uncomfortable) and management was always trying to put blame on the teachers. The teachers started feeling very uncomfortable and for some reason the management liked that and fed off of that. They would try to purposely turn teachers against each other even though it really doesn’t make sense to make the work atmosphere of your own center unbearable!!”

Another employee stated,

“She [the female owner ####] proceeded to talk about another teacher at the center – ##### ##### [instructor and former employee] – and how he was to blame for these behavioral issues with the students. She had reason to believe, she said, that the two students and ##### [instructor and former employee] were in some sort of cahoots, and that in general ##### [former employee] had been spreading misinformation throughout the center in order to stir up trouble. I tried to diffuse the situation, and noted that even if ##### [former employee] had said something offhanded, I’m sure it wasn’t malicious. #### [female center owner] looked at me quite seriously and, I quote to the best of my memory, “No, I know ##### [former employee]. He’s been doing stuff like this for a while.”

I proceeded to tell her that those two students in particular do not talk to ##### [former employee] much, and seeing as we spend all of our breaks in the cafeteria together, that ##### [former employee] is a friend of mine and I know him quite well now as both a friend and a teacher, I think I would know best. #### [female owner] persisted with her version of the story, at which point I told her, as softly as I could, that she was wrong, that this specific event has nothing to do with anyone other than myself and the two troublesome students, but thank you very much for helping me deal with the matter.

I was arrested by the unprofessionalism – to think that a manager would talk about an employee to another employee, a relatively new employee at that, and in such an openly antagonistic and divisive manner. It seemed to me her motive was purely factious: she wanted to pit one teacher against another on ad hominem evidence. Such was my suspicion. The facts are all that speak, and whatever the intention was, I took no part in the game.”

               Worse, the owners develop special relationships with certain instructors and malign other employees in discreet conversations. Many former employees recall that the owners of the center share amazing and exaggerated stories of past teachers. One malicious and callous tale is of two former instructors who they claim regularly slept with students, one becoming pregnant from this relationship. This myth has gained popularity because of the owners’ persistent camp fire and Boy Scout like tales of indoctrination to newly employed teachers and students every session. As one former employee demonstrated his knowledge of this popular myth, “Some teachers are unfornately dating some of the center’s students while the students are enrolled. This “word” is getting around about the center. This is also common knowledge amongst the center employees and all involved.”

Another disturbing complaint by prior instructors is that the vertically challenged male owner uses his armed guard to occasionally intimidate and abuse the teachers. One past instructor asserted that she was sexually assaulted by one of the guards. Another teacher affirmed he was physically restrained once for no apparent reason. In a report filed with the US Embassy of Amman, Jordan, a past employee corroborated such behavior. This employee stated that he was threatened verbally and physically to sign a notice of termination. This employee refused to sign the unwonted document when he found irrelevant and personal information on this document about his former spouse. When he proceeded to leave, the owner threatened, “If you leave my office” twice and also commented “you won’t make it past my front guard!” According to this same report, a student distracted the guard long enough for this teacher to escape.

Although the majority of the verbal aspersions originate from the virago female of an owner, do not let her seemingly distant relationship with her husband deceive you. Although the married co-owners decline to publicly state or demonstrate their relationship so as to keep the public guessing, several employees have averred that the husband and wife co-owners plot together in regards to targeting their employees. Sometimes the owners fight each other and the employees are unwillingly dragged into the malaise. It is also salient to highlight that the Lead Instructor of the center is an instrument of their harassment and abuse of other teachers. She is either gullibly manipulated or connivingly complicit, as she hides under the guise of nascent rules to be enforced while granting special attention for disciplinary reprimand toward those employees the owners do not favor. For example, one employee testified he was late for a meeting and consequently castigated for it while being reprimanded with having his class canceled the next day. However, two other employees who were also not present during the same meeting were never acknowledged or reprimanded. This was verified via interviews of both employees who missed the appointment.  In another example, a teacher was criticized for not having his displays on his classroom walls organized well enough, while a different instructor received no reprimand despite having less than the minimum amount required.  A different former instructor was told to tuck in a portion of his shirt on his side that happened to stick out and then witnessed a favored teacher stroll into the cafeteria to grasp a glass of water with his entire shirt out of his pants. The list continues and the effects of the owner’s targeting against unfavored employees against his favoritism toward specific teachers are more than evident in the latter’s sinecures.

Espionage

More complaints also pertain to allegations which are very unethical and insulting to those workers who have been observant and perceptive to espy abnormalities in their environment. A public blog claims, “…this place is packed with cameras so be very careful.”  Another former employee stated, “The center uses spyware on the teachers’ computers, but doesn’t tell them nor is this mentioned in the Employee Handbook. This angered many of the teachers that later left.” These accusations havebeen verified to be true.

Worse, an affidavit by a former employee indicates that the fatuous female owner brought up his friend’s name and continued to request more information in relation to his cohort. He could not contemplate how she ascertained this knowledge and was bewildered as to why this person was of interest to her. He later became disturbed and felt insulted that she furthered her unwonted curiosity by questioning him on this matter repetitively, as if the female owner had the subtle supposition that an employee is obligated to respond to such probing elicitation about an employee’s personal life. A different employee testified that he was asked about particular details from his personal past history by the female owner as well.  This employee swore that he was given an unwonted notice of termination to sign that had deceitful disclosure within its contents about comments he supposedly made about his past former wife in the center. Even worse, there is sworn testimony that the center regularly avoids reprimands for its unethical and illegal behavior since 2006 by sharing the personal information of its customers and employees with outside interests desiring to accumulate data on Palestinian activists or anyone who may be of interest. Whatever the derivative is for such unethical and strange patterns of behavior, it is very clear that an investigation has shown that many former employees are very concerned that their personal information has been compromised and shared with others for the benefit of the center’s owners.

 

Service and Quality

The service and quality at the AESL Center is also atrophied by the owners. As one student posted in Arabic:

المركز أخذت عندهم دورة وطبعا اللي اعطتنا هي ربة منزل امريكية وكان سعرها110 بس المنهاج كان ركيك وما كملناه ….اما الإستقبال مش مريحين في التعامل والكفتيريا أسعارها فلكية.. مواصلاته سهلة ولكن ما بنصح حد ياخد دورة فيه

“The Cafeteria is expensive and doesn’t have a variety of selection.  The reception is not comfortable…I don’t advise anyone to take lessons there.”

This complaint is also true.

Prices are exorbitant accompanied by low quality and diversity. The cafeteria charges double the normal rate for beverages than can be purchased in nearby places. Of course, the small amount of time during class breaks indirectly restricts teachers or students from taking a stroll to the next door cafe shop. The only menu selection is coffee, tea, or drinks. The cafeteria is not the sole enigma of this place though.  Students have complained that the local newspapers advertised a certain price for classes only to discover they were charged a higher price after registering for classes. In addition, when teachers are enjoying breaks in the cafeteria, where they may puff a cigarette and enjoy coffee in front of gigantic duplicate signs which state in large print “Pay first”, a teacher may find his or herself answering questions by students or fulfilling requests to help with homework until one of the owners arrives enraged that an employee is teaching English for free. One teacher claimed that when he was defending his decision to aid one of his students with her homework during break, his defense was answered by the owners with the retort, “this is bad for business” and “Jordanians always want something for nothing!”

According to former employees; teachers without degrees or experience teach advanced level courses, classes are awarded to those who are savvy in maintaining good relations or remaining obsequious to the owners in contrast to their class performance and credentials,  non-native speakers of English are presented as native scholars, lecturers with a modicum of or without any business background are suddenly perspicacious instructors of Business English, and infringed books which can easily be purchased on Amazon.com are copied page-to-page and sold with the courses. The center’s standards also do not meet third party establishments they do business with. For example, the EBC company that approves TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) courses for customers desiring to be certified for instructing a second language, advertises on its website that its TEFL instructors possess an average of ten to fifteen years experience, but the center regularly endorses TEFL instructors in their TEFL program with zero or null familiarity with teaching a foreign language or who want of adequate academic accolades or degrees. Furthermore, some students have complained that their peers with a close connection with the owners may tread pass the requirements for advanced courses of English. For instance, one former employee stated it was normal for certain pupils of lower English levels to attend the TOEFL preparatory classes he taught even though the center’s policy restricted many others until they reached the upper echelons of the center’s advanced ranks.

The unfulfilled and tumid promises made to instructors employed at the center also trickles down to the students too.  According to former clients, many promises of quick and magical improvement in English are made to prospective customers which are often impossible to ascertain. Furthermore, the teaching methodology and style of the center under the tutelage of the center’s female owner is described by former employees and customers as appropriate for young children as opposed to the majority adult specimens in this center’s exploratory English lab of nascent and inchoate pedagogy. One former employee stated,

“I worked at the American ESL Centre on University Road and I don’t recommend it at all. There are no standards in teaching and no conformity. The lessons are poorly organized and a waste of time and money…The owners give students a lot of promises about the classes which aren’t true and don’t end up happening. They are also abusive to teachers.”

            Students have other persistent lamentations. Sometimes class books are not given to the students in a decent amount of time or not at all. Just as unfulfilled promises trickle down from employees to customers, the abuse occasionally does as well. In one circumstance, a former teacher testified in his affidavit that the female owner of the center suddenly pulled him to the side one day and demanded he intentionally make a conglomeration of students who had complained earlier about the center, feel stupid in the classroom. Other punishments in the nefarious chain of molestation by the owners entail using teachers as a conduit for retribution against students who have offended them or their business in the slightest manner. This revenge comprises of demanding some instructors to give certain students lower marks, apply rules strictly toward specific students while being lax with the majority, ignoring students within the courses, and more.

 

Salaries

The aleatory salaries of teachers are the most outstanding problem and cynosure of the stigmatization which plagues this center. Since 2006, many former employees have made remonstrations against the center for receiving their pay late or not getting paid at all. The amount of money owed can extend to such lengths as 1,732 Jordanian Dinars over periods of months with another former employee owed 1,500 dinars for over a year. One former employee sued the center in court as she averred about her civil litigation case:

“I was employed by two of the most disgusting con artists in Jordan. They strictly hire US citizens who are not familiar with the country and fail to pay them their salaries. Fortunately for me, I had dual citizenship and my mother took the bastards to court for my four months of salary. Finally after nearly two years in court, I finally won the case and got my money. For those who are not familiar with the country lost their money and time. It’s tragic to see foreigners have such a horrific experience. I hope the center gets shut down ASAP by the Jordanian government. The US Embassy will not protect any US citizen against these thieves because the center is not approved by the US Embassy so please beware.”

               Many empty guarantees are made to the laborers of the center involving payments of courses and private lessons, salary increases, future promotions, and also Jordanian residency in exchange for employment. This fraud does not commence in the beginning, but slowly makes victims of those the owners are not fond of over time for any particular reason. As one former employee stated, “I will say that at my time at the American ESL Center next to Majdi Mall, I was treated very nicely in the beginning and got my pay on time. However, things later (sooner than later really) turned sour.” Another instructor and customer commented after finishing the TEFL courses for training to be an instructor, “Promises of pay raises were promised, teachers took classes online (TEFL) to be certified, with a 20-25JD raise per class being promised, only to find out that once the course was completed (and paid for by teachers themselves) that pay raises were not granted.” An entirely different employee commented in her affidavit about the psychological ramifications on instructors resulting from the center delaying the payment of salaries and the plausible impetus behind such antics:

“They keep promising they will pay and then postpone paying ultimately keeping their staff working for them ‘for free’. Because ultimately, we are afraid to leave because we worry that she will not pay us. Again, keeping us there for free. It is a type of psychological blackmail. “

A different former employee stated,

“Though the employee handbooks, word of mouth promises by the administration, and contracts claim payment is the 5th of every month, the salaries are nearly always late. Often and disturbingly, the salary may not be paid for employees for a period of a month or two. Occasionally, some may never get paid at all. “

Another different employee stated, “Pay was mostly always late, with many excuses given and always putting blame and lying about money being stolen, money not being enough, students not paying etc even though all the teachers and the people working at the front desk, including the accountant who had an office next to the teachers office would say there was money available for the teachers to be paid.”

Another employee stated,

“But twice a week the teachers were told to expect pay in the coming days, and it never came. When I finally took offense at the excessive false promises – after all, many of us teachers had been avoiding our landlords for weeks, and enough was enough – they, the management, were extremely apologetic and promised payment within two days. It did not come for at least another four, and none of the managers in charge of payroll were seen in the building during this time. I do not claim to know why the American ESL Center withheld money for so long, but I refuse to believe any excuse is a valid one. The pedantic scrutiny of our otherwise sufficient work only exacerbated the matter.”

 

There also exists ‘special taxes’ or missing money that magically emerge and disappear on the receipts of salary payments and from the mouths of the owners. One former jobholder stated that after threatening the owners to pay him his salary,

“#### ###### calculated my pay for the 10 lessons to be equal to 145 JOD, and noted that this amount is tax-deductible. Later when I got paid, I received 125 JOD only. That’s way more than a tax deduction.”

Another employee stated that his employment contract expressed he was supposed to be paid 250 Jordanian Dinars for every class but was only paid 200 JDs, with a verbal oath from the owners to be compensated the remaining balance at a later date and time. However, that remaining balance vanished from the memories of the owners. A huge number of former employees swear an oath that the center promised and blandished them an exact amount of money, this money and more never materialized.

In addition to defrauding instructors, the rules of the center are occasionally strictly enforced via deductions from teachers’ aleatory salaries for the most minor of infractions coincidentally and sequaciously when salaries are delinquent. Otherwise, the enforcement of these rules are ignored or omitted completely, when financial circumstances for the center are up. However, during the downs, if a teacher is not within a classroom five minutes before class the teacher is docked 7 Jordanian Dinars for each offense. Teachers are also deducted pay if lesson plans are not up to par despite the fact that they may be more qualitative than other teachers’ who ingratiate the owners. One former employee stated,

“During my time at the American ESL Center, there were several managerial problems with which I took major issue. I brought some of these to attention, namely the unprofessional and clearly dishonest delay of payroll. The entire staff received their checks over a month late, after repeated false pay dates given from the management. During the month-long period without salary, regulations and restrictions to monitor the teacher’s performance were increased threefold. Management told us that every new rule, regulation, and bit of scrutiny came directly from the Ministry of Education.”

A different employee stated,

“I will, however, state that I witnessed another teacher, ####, be withheld payment for not completing menial paperwork. The rest of the staff was paid, and it was clear that #### had not been, and she was distraught about it. Again, when I inquired about how such a small issue as a few scraps of paper could warrant the withholding of salary, I was rebutted by remarks about “the ministry’s standards” and so forth. I claim no expertise in the matter, but I sincerely doubt the Ministry of Education mandates such delays in the case of a few lesson plans gone askew: there are more far pressing matters in the world of education. There are bookless schools to fill, teacher-less classrooms to fix, and administrative corruptions to unearth. Yet I doubt a ministry of high regard, faced with a hardworking teacher short dotting a few I’s and T’s, would call for such extreme measures.”

In addition to low pay and sporadic deductions of portions of salaries, the center also requires each instructor to donate extra unpaid office hours and attend long and ineffectual workshops. One former employee stated,

“Each teacher is required to do a lot of extra work and attend workshops for which there is no monetary compensation. The workshops at the center can be a few hrs in length, too. Teachers are made to work plenty of overtime without getting paid for it. They don’t pay on time (sometimes not even at all). There is a large turnover of teachers and students because everyone leaves.”

               Salaries are not the only disappointing ghosts employees chase. The center does not follow through with expectations advertised. The center fails to fulfill promises of a one year residency card to their employees, comfortable and Western type housing, exciting trips to historical sites, future promotions, pay raises, placement in jobs, and more. Some former employees have stated the pull of such advertisement inevitably led them to a nightmare instead. As one former employee stated,

“Once through immigration [arrival in Jordan], I found there was no one at the airport to bring me to my studio apartment (the one provided in the accommodation package). Slightly confused, I managed to purchase an international calling card and contact Mr. ###### – the individual whose son was initially supposed to pick me up from the airport. I managed to get directions to my temporary residents, and took off to find a taxi. According EBC, transportation to and from the airport was should have been approximately 25 Jordanian Dinars, I paid 35.”

Expecting a three bed room apartment in Jordan that appeared semi-decent according to pictures sent from the female owner of the center to him in the United States, he instead arrived in Jordan and stumbled upon a favela, “I was provided with a studio, a one bedroom studio with no hot water, a broken bed, and no clean drinking water. The fridge did not work and most of the electrical outlets were inoperable.”

This former employee continues, “The EBC website also promised, a two night stay in Pertra and a city tour of Amman. Again, these promises were not upheld by the American ESL Center’s administration or staff.”

He ends,

“The accommodation package was priced at $800, but for what? I was not provided with any of the specifications professed by EBC. So, the ancillary inquest is simple, where did the extra money go? It certainly was not spent on trips and tours, nor was it allocated towards proving me with a proper living arrangements.”

               The sidereal dreams of fresh undergraduate students were not the only aspirations crushed by the lies from the charlatans of this center. The former coffee boy illegally worked here for years past his visa expiration, anticipating a promised residency card for him and his family. However, this coffee boy’s employment at the place ended before his ambitions could arise. Another former employee stated that he engaged in a discussion with this employee in front of the center one day and elicited information about his welfare. This same employee testified that the former coffee boy stated that he no longer worked at the AESL center, his wife was in the hospital, and he needed money owed to him from the center from over a year; in order to get his wife out of the hospital.

Attempts to ascertain salaries have always been met with more broken tumid promises and sometimes even threats. As one former employee stated, after arguing with the male owner with a pulchritudinous over-sized belly, “Because of the heated argument with Mr. ##### where I told him I would go see a lawyer about my pay, he threatened that if I were to bring a lawyer, he’d have a 100 lawyers defending him and that I wouldn’t be able to do anything about it because of his family name and money.”

Immigration Fraud

It would be construed as an accurate assessment to assert that the lines of ethics and professionalism have been torn asunder by this center. The center has also breached those demarcation lines pertaining to laws as reports and affidavits have recorded such illegal acts as sexual and simple assault and a reported kidnapping in the preceding paragraphs, and now also immigration fraud. Two former instructors of the center have sworn that the male owner bribed them to provide him crackpot test-takers to score high on the TOEFL exam on behalf of other students. Both teachers testified that they were punished afterwards when they did not carry out this request. The reprimand consisted of the male owner manipulating or ascertaining the complicity of his wife and the Lead instructor of the center to make the worker’s employment at the center unbearable in order to coerce him or her to quit. If the teacher did not resign, he or she would be ultimately fired.

Authenticity

Many former employees were verbally told that the center is affiliated with the American Embassy. Personal visitation to the authentic language institute which ‘is’ affiliated to the US Embassy, the American Language Center, and direct contact with the US Embassy of Amman, Jordan have determined that this spurious claim is not true. Nevertheless, this fabrication brings in customers and teachers.

One public blog post by someone under the name Sand Teacher from the American Language Center which ‘is’ connected to the American Embassy stated,

“I am connected with the American Language Center (http://www.alc.edu.jo), an extension of the Public Affairs section of the Embassy of the United States in Amman, Jordan.

If you hear the name American ESL Center, PLEASE DO NOT confuse them with the AUTHENTIC American Language Center–we are two entirely separate and unrelated entities, though some would like to take advantage of our excellent reputation by sowing seeds of identity confusion.

We would cringe at any of the above-mentioned things being done in our center. If these things are true, and they are being done by Americans working in Jordan, it is shameful and unacceptable. I apologize on their behalf for tarnishing the reputation of Americans.”

Another comment on the discussion forum stated,

“To repeat a previous post from 2009, the American ESL Center is not AMIDEAST or the American Language Center. The ESL Center has had a bad reputation for some years now.”
A totally different blog post stated,

“Please note that the phone number listed is NOT their number, but is the phone number of the American Language Center (552-3901) located off Madina Munawara Street next to Queen Alia College. The ALC is affiliated with the U. S. Embassy in Amman, and does NOT have any other branches in Amman.”

            It is pertinent to also briefly mention that the center regularly copies page-to-page Longman’s Preparation for the TOEFL Exam: The Paper Test by Deborah Phillips and consistently distributes those replicas for sale to students. A query as to whether the center has a license or permission to do this by a phone call to Longman’s company representative has revealed the center does not have the legal authority to do so. Copies of the books they have sold with the center’s logo on it are now circulating among authorities.

Conclusion

Reiterating a point made in the beginning of this article, the labor laws of Jordan must be improved. It is an awesome country with kind hearted people and an amazingly large and unequaled hospitality. However, its tourism and educational services cannot reach its potential when stymied by crooked places as in this article, taking advantage of the foreigners with dreams and open minds and hearts, who come to explore the great Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan only to be vexed and victimized to augment the pelf of the avarice. When one attempts to imagine the consequences of such an atmosphere, one can assume this is one of the many reasons that the employee turnover rate at this center is higher than any sidereal pinnacle in the mountainous region of Amman, Jordan. But this center has to be shut down before this cancer grows! The Jordanian people’s heart is well known, as it sustains refugees of all types despite the detrimental effect on its own economy. There are other countries such as Bangladesh that refuse to succor those who are fleeing danger. Many have to extend a sincere thanks to the people of Jordan for following their heart and religion. But we still can use progress.

As one former employee of the center stated,

“Keep in mind that the center is owned and operated by Americans who live here in Jordan. Some of the things stated above wouldn’t be allowed in the States, but they happen here. Rules are different. Labor protection is different. Certain situations were taken advantage of in the minds of many of the center’s former teachers.”

            Why do some workers endure such treatment for a while before quitting? Many of the employees do not complain because they need the money. Others don’t care as long as they eventually get paid because they do not have the experience to get a better and more reputable job. And others fall for the initial cadging and lies without having the acumen or common sense to see past the words and acts of professional charlatans. Another exigent question is how can the center get away with such acts for so long? Some say it is because the owners’ family who are in higher and more affluent positions within the Jordanian government have enabled them, by protecting them. Others say it is because they share the personal information of its employees with others to avoid reprimand. Perhaps it is a combination of both. Finally, why have past employees not filed a civil litigation suit or complained louder or plighted to battle this monster? It is because some feel they don’t have the time nor money for the long drawn-out court process, others say that the Jordanian people and government are desensitized to endemic corruption because it is the norm here and thus neither the former or latter will care or help, a larger proportion are afraid of the repercussions by the owners’ large and affluent family, and a smaller portion just do not care for people’s rights including their own. One former employee stated,

“Dear ESL Cafe Subscribers,

This is a warning to anyone considering a position at The American ESL Center. It is a center located on Queen Rania Street near Jordan University. I worked there from September through December and received NO SALARY! People warned me before I got the job there that others, who worked at the center, did not receive their salary either, but I did not listen.

I worked my tail off, and the owner of the place, along with her husband completely cheated me. They particularly choose American citizens because the owners assume that most Americans who work there will leave the country and not fight for their rights. Furthermore, the owners of the center come from a huge family. Because Jordan is such a tribal country, big families with power can get away with lots of criminal acts (like hiring people and not paying them a salary).

Please take what I have written under considertation. These people are liars and thieves!!”

Regardless of the differences of opinions as to the answers to the questions above, what matters now is will this microcosm of corruption, the American ESL Center, be allowed to persist here in Jordan with impunity? Or is justice and truth principles that the government and people of Jordan not only enforce, but also protect and reward those who strive for such traits to be attributed to the great Kingdom of Jordan? Or will Jordan demonstrate it doesn’t possess such large distinctions from some of its neighbors? This investigation and article was made possible because a combination of Jordanian and American paladins worked together to make a stand when many refused to. It is a mystery as to why Educational Testing Services and the US Embassy in Jordan have been munifecent to the American ESL Center in not shutting them down to preclude more harm to other innocent victims. As one former employee stated,

 

“As an Arab American, this was a disgrace to have to go through all of the humiliation and see teachers continually not get paid, get yelled at, called names  and promised many things that never ever were fulfilled by the management there. Yes I only quit and went to get my money weeks later and didn’t go to make a complaint even though I knew and still know that what goes on at that center is disgusting, illegal, and immoral. I am glad that someone had the guts to stick up for what has happened and what continues to still happen at the American ESL Center and I am happy to get to state only some of the things that happened at this center that I have honestly witnessed. All of the teachers that start at the center leave after they witness these things and we are a large team, glad that we can finally take a stand together against these injustices.”

            According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the adjective professional means “characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession or exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace.”

None of the preceding traits can infer that the American ESL Center is professional, diametrically and more accurately, it is a professional nightmare which must be condemned.

 

(Sources derive from public posts on discussion boards, video evidence, and many affidavits.)

http://jo.jeeran.com/en/p/the-american-esl-center-amman/

http://www.jordanyp.com/review/82

http://forums.eslcafe.com/job/viHYPERLINK “http://forums.eslcafe.com/job/viewtopic.php?t=68561″ewtopic.php?t=68561

 

*Note* Only a portion of the evidence can be released due to constraints by ongoing investigations.