I'm going to Jordan for two weeks. I'm not sure how much time I'll have there, but I'll try to post at least occasionally. Following up on a couple of earlier posts: elections here ended with -- I know you will be shocked to hear this -- victory for the ruling party. President Kocharian's Republic Party gained just over half the seats in Parliament, meaning that they can form any government they like. Four other parties split the rest of the seats. Two of those four are pro-government parties anyway, so the actual opposition has less than a quarter of the votes in Parliament, and no political power at all. The international community's reaction was one of mild approval. OSCE, the State Department and the Europeans all agreed there were some irregularities, but they also agreed that this was the cleanest and fairest election in recent Armenian history. (N.B., this is not setting the bar very high.) The conclusion of the Isfahan-Moscow story will have to wait until I get back. Elections, travel, Jordan (I know very little about Jordan): consider this an open thread.