Saturday, September 24, 2022

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Henri Curiel

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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 re...

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...

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...

Iran’s Hazardous Waste of a Generational Opportunity

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, ...

A National Binary Choice

Throughout its recent history as a Republic, Lebanon’s parliamentary elections have been, in essence, a plebiscite premised on a national binary choice, despite their farcical undertones and colorful patterns. What is essential to keep in mind is th...

The Beirut Plot Thickens…….

The investigation into the Beirut Port Blast of August 4th, 2020, has come to a grinding halt through a judicial imbroglio which has, in all but words, rendered the process nugatory. The investigating judge, Tariq Bitar, is reportedly dedicated to h...

A Presidential Battle not a Civil War…

What happened in the streets of Beirut on October 14, right on the demarcation line of the past civil war, was not caused by sectarianism or ideological differences between Shia-Islamist’s militants and Christian-right wingers. What took place was a...

The Hell with Civil Society

The Beirut Port blast of August 4, 2020 was one of the largest explosions in a non-war zone since World War II. Whether it had a Nuclear-like effect, or a Nitrate substance, or some other technical aspect or dimension is of little importance. What i...

The Man who outdid Pétain

In the chronicles of military history, great generals have either died on battlefields or survived and entered the Pantheon of politics. At the time of the ancient Greek city-states King Leonidas of Sparta died at the Battle of Thermopylae. Four Roma...

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