Sunday, June 20, 2021

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 Caza) would have an economic city town and an administrative one or a combined capital (as is the case for Beirut). Official holidays: 1 day – Independence Day, and 3 weeks per annum for all Confederal employees who can...

Copa America 2021 Must Be Cancelled

The organizers of the Copa America 2021 tournament, CONMEBOL, are in the prime position to do the right thing by postponing or even canceling this year’s competition. All they have to do is read and accept the signs. The first and most obvious is that there still exists a COVID-19 pandemic. The second and equally obvious to people living in South America that there’s a clear economic and social unrest in the countries awarded...

Time to have a United GCC market

If all the currencies of the GCC are pegged to the US Dollar and to oil prices, what stops the bloc from having the same Riyal or Dirham or whatever common currency as a unitary means of exchange of goods and services?  If all the countries of the GCC adopt a rather comparable policy towards personal income taxes, duty taxes and customs, what is the obstacle in having a common market in the true sense:...

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 through civilian means. Albeit, with stones and rocks and sticks. What Hamas, Hezbollah and the Houthis have missed in the last decade is not that the Arab support is waning for the Palestinian...

The Game is Afoot

The recent diplomatic activity in the Middle East is dizzying. Round-the-clock meetings are being held between arch enemies, close allies and a host of unclassified others who are congregating at a breakneck pace. The cast includes official State representatives as well as covert emissaries. Still, nothing of substance has transpired. The Vienna meetings are underway between the two main protagonists. On the one hand, the over-eager US delegation and on the other, the slow-paced Iranian...