Tuesday, July 5, 2022

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Samuel Carter Hall

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Moral high ground in politics is a fool’s real estate 

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 ...

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 fro...

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

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, wo...

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 ...

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...

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