Sunday, November 27, 2022

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 elites in 1920, and suddenly deviated like a stream when it encounters a fallen tree, by the magnet of independence that unified political o...

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 lack thereof) in the region. But because the region has moved past the ripple effects of the Washington political circus, few years ago. ...

Biden’s Amoral Statecraft and Ike’s lost Wisdom

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’état’. This principle refers to the right of rulers (presidents and governments in modern times) to act in ways that go against the tenets...

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 Brussels civil servants has increased -not decreased- since Brexit. One would think that the EU Commission and all the entourage 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. Then a rap music started playing in the background and a song about a little girl dreaming to become a teacher, lawyer, Doctor- all the usu...