Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Flying Low 

I dislike airlines of all colors immensely because they treat their clients, including first class passengers, like second class citizens. The checking lanes, even in priority sections, have become slower and longer after Covid-19, for no reason except the disorganization and laziness of the ground crew. What has changed from before the pandemic remains a mystery? If the pandemic is still an existential threat, then airl...

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 by puritans, the U.S. always tried, nominally at least, to introduce morality into its policies as if to invoke the blessing of the Gods and the submission of the mortals. Gre...

The Martha Mitchell Syndrome

In 1988, Harvard psychologist Brendan Maher coined the term “the Martha Mitchell Effect” to refer to someone who is diagnosed as delusional or paranoid for making seemingly improbable claims — but is actually telling the truth. Martha Mitchell was the outspoken, somewhat abrasive wife of John N. Mitchell, Nixon’s first-term Attorney General and chief of his re-election campaign when the Watergate Scandal broke out. Marth...

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 because it shows the working of democracy in real time. People have expressed their opinions, one thinks, by voting for a candidate, a current, a party or even a religious co...

If Freedom is a Right, then Free Speech is a Musk 

The number of recriminations, outcries, open threats, and hysterical statements hurled against Elon Musk’s successful bid for Twitter is simply mind boggling in the world of corporate M&A. After all, Twitter is a business irrespective of the industry in which it operates. Usually, it is the FCC, or the Anti-Trust Division at the DoJ or the SEC who take the lead in reviewing and commenting on takeovers that have the p...