Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Worthy Talk…

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...

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...

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