Sunday, June 20, 2021

Worthy Talk…

The Confederate Republic of Lebanon

On the State: Nature: confederate, indivisible, with Beirut as its Confederal capital and the regions of Mount Lebanon, North, South, Beqaa, Hermel, Baalbek, etc., forming separate 20 something Cantons of the Confederal State. Each Canton (or Caza) would have an economic city town and an...

Copa America 2021 Must Be Cancelled

The organizers of the Copa America 2021 tournament, CONMEBOL, are in the prime position to do the right thing by postponing or even canceling this year’s competition. All they have to do is read and accept the signs. The first and most obvious is that...

Time to have a United GCC market

If all the currencies of the GCC are pegged to the US Dollar and to oil prices, what stops the bloc from having the same Riyal or Dirham or whatever common currency as a unitary means of exchange of goods and services?  If all the countries...

Time to Clean Up Iran’s Balance Sheet

We have not seen any popular demonstrations in the streets of Cairo or Baghdad let alone Saudi and the UAE in support of Hamas. Support remains strong for the Palestinians across the board especially, for those who claim their legitimate rights through civilian means. Albeit,...

The Game is Afoot

The recent diplomatic activity in the Middle East is dizzying. Round-the-clock meetings are being held between arch enemies, close allies and a host of unclassified others who are congregating at a breakneck pace. The cast includes official State representatives as well as covert emissaries. Still,...

The Quirks of Frequent Air Travel

Air travel in the pre-Covid-19 era was never a picknick. Since the pandemic befell our planet, it has become even more of an irritant. We now add to the list of the usual unpleasantries the mandatory PCR tests at the departure and arrival points, the...

Pirates of the Mediterranean

A famous quote by Captain Jack Sparrow from the movie saga ‘Pirates of Caribbean’s’ goes like this: “I’m dishonest, and a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly, it’s the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never...

Football Awakenings from The Super League Fallout

The identity of European football was thrusted under the spotlight. To be prodded by ethical experts, to be analyzed by gatekeepers of morality and has raised all sorts of questions but mainly, and this is my favorite one, “what’s going on?” For the non-sports enthusiast,...

Film in Review: Madame Claude (2021)

A Netflix Original has been recently released about the trials and tribulations of Fernande Grudet, better known, as Madame Claude the headmistress of a high-end prostitution network in France from the early 60s till the late 80s.  The main character, Madame Claude is played by the very talented Karole Rocher...

The Return to Realism?

What is going on in Vienna and Baghdad? Are we at the beginning of the long road towards a grand regional bargain? Talks between Tehran and Washington over sanctions and the JCPOA in Vienna seem to be proceeding apace. The news from the Financial Times is that Baghdad...

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