Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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Samuel Carter Hall

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Federate This!

Whenever the subject of federalism is mentioned in Lebanon a cacophony of voices is suddenly unleashed against it, without necessarily understanding its real meaning or true dimensions. One would think th...

A Nation for a Map or vice versa?

On September 1, 1920, General Henri Gouraud, the newly appointed French governor of Lebanon under the sanctioned mandate of the League of Nations, declared the birth of Greater Lebanon. This declaration was not fully welcomed at the time and still t...

Welfare not Warfare

Arab generations, especially those who grew up in the 50s to 70s, were mesmerized by the anti-Colonial and later, by the anti-Zionist rhetoric. Nasser more than anyone, captured their imaginations and represented the ‘Model Arab Leader’ of the times...

Macron’s Middle East Forays

French post-colonial policies in the Middle East have been, for a long time, spillovers from General de Gaulle’s legacy. The achievements of de Gaulle are well chronicled in the Arab annals. They include, among others, the exit from Algeria despite 1...

The New-Old Version of the Great Game

The “Great Game” was the byname given to the 19th century confrontation between the British and Russian empires over Afghanistan and the contiguous territories in Central and South Asia. War, diplomacy, tribal politics, spying, and sabotage were the ...

The Emperor is Naked

In an article that appeared in this platform on June 28, 2021, we considered the potential (unbecoming) exit of the US from Afghanistan and the security vacuum that could be filled by the EU, Russia and/or China. Such predictions were proven right by...

The Power of Mediocrity

Saad Al Hariri will go down in history as the most mediocre, inept and unworthy PM of Lebanon, including the world-record failure of a PM aka Hassan Diab, the current head of the care-taking government. Whether this verdict on Saad Al Hariri is to...

A Shopping Spree for Defense Partners

The Sherriff is getting the hell out of Dodge City. Indeed, the Biden administration is on its way out from the Middle and Near East. Not with the same humiliation as from Vietnam, but almost with same haste. Kabul will soon be taken over by the Tali...

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 Caz...

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 thro...

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