Thursday, May 19, 2022

Worthy Talk…

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...

Personal Judgement and the Pursuit of Ac...

“All governments even the most autocratic ones, even tyrannies, “rest on consent,” and the fallacy lies in the equation of consent with obedience. An adult consent where a child obeys; if an adult is said to obey, he supports the organization or authority or&nbs...

Putin’ on the Ritz

That jazz song “Putting on the Ritz” comes to mind and inspires the pun-intended title of this article.  It was in early 2017, that the monarch of Saudi Arabia launched a campaign against some 400 of the most powerful Saudis, rounding them up in one night and putting them in the ...

The U.S.’ Flimsy Answer to Moscow’s Aggr...

The Biden administration has criticized the veto used by Russia, as a permanent member of the UNSC, over its condemnation of the invasion of Ukraine. The U.S. has invaded many countries in the recent past (from Panama to Afghanistan to Iraq) and, would have done the same if any such inva...

Iran’s Hazardous Waste of a Generational...

Saudi Arabia has been taunting the building of a futuristic city called “Neom” in the Tabuk province of northwestern Saudi Arabia with 468 km of beaches and coral reef. The city is meant to be a technology hub and a tourist destination. In tourism, Neom will join the nearby holiday desti...

Ton Nucléaire, Mon Gaz: l’Europe se déch...

Lors de son arrivée à Amiens le 20 janvier 2022, où il participait à la réunion des ministres Européens de l’Environnement organisée par Barbara Pompili, Stefan Tidow, le nouveau secrétaire d’Etat allemand à l’environnement, a indiqué que le nucléaire « n’est pas une énergie verte, ...

Dumber than Carter, Worse than Obama

This article relates to the US administration’s policy towards the Gulf region of the Middle East. It does not concern itself with the new drive by the White House to appoint a female, black candidate in replacement of Justice Stephen Breyer to the US Supreme Court. Whilst this positive ...

Why do States Fail?

They do not, but their leaders do it on their behalf. The word ‘failed’ state seems derogatory and cut out from the lexicon of ‘developed’ nations looking down onto the lesser ‘others’. Using the term ‘developed’ nations has been, for a while, a way to avoid using the words Western natio...

Of Princes, Tax Farmers and Revolts…

Lebanon’s relatively modern history (c.1500s to 1800s) has known ruling princes or Amirs, nominated by the Sublime Porte. They were Ottoman subjects with grand titles, and many degrees removed from the central power of Istanbul. They oversaw Mount Lebanon’s affairs and acted un...

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