The deputy prime minister of Jordan, Ayman Safadi, has said that a plot to destabilize the country has been foiled.
According to Bloomberg, the plot allegedly involved King Abdullah II’s half-brother, former Crown Prince Hamza Bin Hussein, Safadi said at a news conference in Amman, the nation’s capital, on Sunday.
Safadi also said more than 16 people were arrested, including Prince Hamza, who was placed under house arrest on Saturday.
“There was an effort to target Jordan’s security and stability, this effort was foiled,” Safadi said, but gave no evidence to back up the claims.
Jordan, a US ally, often acts as a force for moderation in the turbulent region, making its stability essential. In August, the US provided the kingdom with $700 million in aid.
On Saturday, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Major General Yousef Huneiti, denied reports that Prince Hamza had been arrested. He added that he had been ordered to “stop activities that are being exploited to target Jordan’s security and stability.”
Prince Hamza has denied the allegations, telling the BBC he was “not part of any conspiracy,” in a video provided by his lawyer.
“There is no conspiracy here. Whatever concoction they’re attempting to create or whatever narrative that they’re attempting to sell, the basic fact is that this is all about human dignity here, freedom from arbitrary government, freedom from invasive security apparatuses and services…” he said in the video.
In 2004, King Abdullah II dismissed Prince Hamza as heir, opting for his eldest son, Hussein, and consolidating his power.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt and other Arab states expressed support for King Abdullah, Bloomberg reported.
The US has also vocalized support. State Department spokesman Ned Price said: “We are closely following the reports and in touch with Jordanian officials. King Abdullah is a key partner of the United States, and he has our full support.”
Prince Hamza’s mother, Queen Noor al Hussein, has expressed support for her son, calling the allegations “wicked slander.”
Beyond Air Jordan, a slew of interesting new releases this year also fueled the hype.
The controversial Ben & Jerry’s-themed “Chunky Dunkys” and the Grateful Dead SBs are still fetching more than $1,100 and $700 on StockX, respectively.
Thus far, the $2 billion sneaker resale market has proven to be somewhat pandemic-proof. GOAT, a leading sneaker resale platform, saw a surge of new sellers joining the app at the start of pandemic. StockX, another leading sneaker resale platform, announced in a July report that it had surpassed 10 million lifetime sales and had its two biggest sales months ever during the months of May and June.
As 2020 draws to a close, Luxury consignment retailer The RealReal shared a roundup of the most expensive sneakers to sell on its platform in 2020. From the always popular “Back to the Future” themed Nikes to the Tom Sachs Mars Yard, here were the top sellers:
10. Nike Air Force 1 Low Scarr’s Pizza
Sold for: $5,000
These sneakers were a result of a collaboration between Nike and Scarr’s Pizza, a New York City restaurant. The shoes were released for friends and family in August of 2019 and were inspired by the restaurant’s retro look.
9. Nike SB Dunk Low “Reese Forbes Denim”
Sold for: $5,250
Released in 2002, this sneaker marked skateboarding legend Reese Forbes’ second Dunk collaboration. The denim-on-denim silhouette has made this pair iconic.
8. Nike x Tom Sachs Mars Yard Shoe 1.0
Sold for: $5,300
Designer Tom Sachs collaborated with Nike to launch this sneaker that was inspired by his experiences with NASA scientists. The sneaker initially launched in May of 2012 and was re-released in 2017.
7. Jordan 1 Retro Legends of Summer Red Glitter
Sold for: $6,500
These glittered sneakers launched during Justin Timberlake’s and Jay-Z’s fall 2013 “Legends of Summer” tour. At the time of the release, only a few pairs were given to fans.
6. Nike Air Force 1 Low G Dragon Peaceminusone Para Noise
Sold for: $8,000
This low-top sneaker features a yellow leather Nike swoosh and daisy embroidery on the tongue.
5. Jordan 1 Retro Legends Of Summer
Sold for: $8,000
These limited edition Jordan 1s are were also from Justin Timberlake’s and Jay-Z’s fall 2013 “Legends of Summer” tour. This pair only surfaced on the resale market about a year after it dropped at the concert.
4. Nike MAG “Back To The Future”
Sold for: $9,995
The shoes inspired by the ones Michael J. Fox’s character Marty McFly wears in”Back to the Future Part II” was released in 2011. A product description on the Stadium Goods website describes the shoe as “perhaps the most sought-after sneaker of all time.”
3. Jordan 3/8 Retro ‘Kobe Bryant’ PE Pack
Sold for: $11,875
The Jordan brand released these special-edition Jordans on February 14, 2016, to celebrate basketball legend Kobe Bryant. These sneakers are a tribute to Bryant’s 20 years in the NBA and feature the colors of the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to Amir Azarcon, The RealReal’s sneaker and streetwear expert, this limited edition pack became even more popular after the sudden death of Kobe Bryant in January.
2. Air Jordan 1 High OG Dior
Sold for: $16,500
Designer Kim Jones collaborated with the Jordan brand for this iconic Dior sneaker, which Azarcon described as the sneaker of the year. Launched in April of 2020, this pair represents a successful cross between sneaker culture and the luxury fashion space.
1. 2005 Parra x Nike Air Max 1 Hyperstrike Albert Heijn Amsterdam
Price sold for: $20,000
These sneakers were one of two pairs designed by Dutch artist Pieter Jansen (Parra Patta) that were inspired by his hometown of Amsterdam. The colors on this pair represent Albert Heijn, a Dutch supermarket chain.
“This is one of the most coveted Air Max’s in the world, and this pair sold in less than 24 hours on our site,” said Azarcon.