Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Worthy Talk…

The modern ‘East India Company’ 

Few general observations to start. The U.S. is no innocent bystander in the renewed conflict on European soil. The Europeans are a casualty of their own hubris thinking that they can become an economic hegemon facing China and the U.S.; and Russia -under Putin- is a tool of self-destruct...

Beirut’s Block Blaster

Today is Remembrance Day of the Beirut Port Blast which occurred tragically at 6:08.18 pm on August 4th, 2020, and killed 232 people, injured 7000 civilians, caused material damage to a further 300,000, whilst wiping out more than 15% of Beirut’s residential district. The blast physic...

Integrate This…

In the foreseeable future, no man or woman from Maghreb descent will run for the presidency or even the premiership in France, unlike the UK. The contrast cannot be starker between the Indian post-colonial integration in the UK, and the French-Maghreb uneasy cohabitation, more than a hal...

Anatomy of a Presidency

This article could solicit many reactions. Few might review it with disdain, others with scorn, and even more with frustration. The more reactions it would stir, the more it would have served its purpose. Many could read it with apprehension when in fact, it is a cold, calculating and ra...

Flying Low 

I dislike airlines of all colors immensely because they treat their clients, including first class passengers, like second class citizens. The checking lanes, even in priority sections, have become slower and longer after Covid-19, for no reason except the disorganization and laziness of...

Moral high ground in politics is a fool’...

The successive U.S. administrations never had any qualms striking alliances with leaders from all political spectrums -democrats, dictators, and in-betweens- and dealing with them if they served, for a while, a common objective. As a nation founded by puritans, the U.S. always tried, nom...

The Martha Mitchell Syndrome

In 1988, Harvard psychologist Brendan Maher coined the term “the Martha Mitchell Effect” to refer to someone who is diagnosed as delusional or paranoid for making seemingly improbable claims — but is actually telling the truth. Martha Mitchell was the outspoken, somewhat abrasive wife of...

Plus ça Change…

Lebanon has just completed its latest cycle of parliamentary elections, and that’s a good thing, right? For the observers of the country, from foreign diplomats to donor nations to multinational organizations, an election is always viewed positively because it shows the working of democr...

If Freedom is a Right, then Free Speech ...

The number of recriminations, outcries, open threats, and hysterical statements hurled against Elon Musk’s successful bid for Twitter is simply mind boggling in the world of corporate M&A. After all, Twitter is a business irrespective of the industry in which it operates. Usually, it...

The (new) Perfidious Albion

In the Middle East, including Turkey, a total of 278.77 million people, or their representative governments, have entered a peace accord with Israel. This includes naturally Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, UAE, Morocco, and Bahrain. However, the narrative from D.C., not from Ramallah, is that no p...

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