Sunday, November 27, 2022

Worthy Talk…

The nation that never was..

The history of modern Lebanon is a story that has its roots in the deception game of empires hiding behind the minority treaties, called great probably to emphasise the greatness of the empires it served. That story however continues as a Nation-State aspiration imagined by Maronite elit...

Domestic Circus and Overseas Irrelevancy...

The US midterm elections of 2022 will have little impact on the Middle East not because the Democrats kept control of the US Senate, or the Republicans failed to generate a Red wave. Not because Pres. Biden is intending to run in 2024 and will stay the course of his foreign policy (or la...

Biden’s Amoral Statecraft and Ike’s lost...

The Biden administration is the first and only present-day democratically elect government (China and Russia being outside this definition) who has been explicitly operating under the principle of the ‘Reason of State’ or what the French 18th century diplomacy dubbed as ‘raison d’ét...

Ursula The Hun 

The voices of millions of free Italians meant nothing this past weekend to Usrsula of Brussels (Representative of Nowhere, frankly) if they were to elect a different genre of politicians or a brand of politics of which she (Representative of Nowhere, again) disapproves. The arrogance of ...

The X Factor

Laying down on my sofa because of a flu that exhausted my energy, I was trying to fall asleep when a video clip started playing on TV. I am always attracted to music, so I raised my head to see what it is about. Ok, a young lady in her sports gear, receiving what looked like a medal. The...

So you bought your very own World Cup…an...

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of opening your front door to find what you purchased on FIFA.com neatly packaged and waiting for you with the obedience and servitude of a domesticated pet. It wants you to ravage the packaging and swim in its murky pool of greed. To bask in its un...

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...

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