Monday, April 22, 2024

Displaced Revenge, a Lebanese Tradition 

When recently Pascal Suleiman was found slain and suspicions that Hezbollah operatives had killed him, using Syrian footmen, the street mob went after innocent Syrian workers. Refugees who live in their midst, work in construction, and till the orchards and, do the ‘little jobs’ that Lebanese unemployed, young people of able bodies, refuse or deign to do.  Why the Syrian workers became a target and on who’s order...

High Priests of False Hope: Wilson and Obama

Thomas Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the U.S. (1913-1921) is remembered, on the world stage, as the champion of ‘self-determination’. The principle that called for any group of people, with the same political aspirations, to have the right to create its own independent government or state. Indeed, coming late into WWI (1917) the U.S.’ President was one of the stars of the Paris Peace Conference (1919). That ...

The Myths and Realities of the Federalist Discourse in Lebanon

Why is Arab Nationalism not taboo while Federalism is, in Lebanon. Nasserism, Unity with Egypt, prior to that, Unity with Syria, and today solidarity of all fronts against Israel is the dominant slogan of Lebanese politics, but Federalism is not. Whilst all these currents and schools of thoughts (we don’t know if any patriotic thoughts have been put into them) have a single objective of seeing Lebanon either merge and di...

The Road to Serfdom

One country boasts of its ancient civilization being the cradle of codified laws and justice, an oasis of culture, art, and poetry and the center of knowledge and power before all other great centers of the Old World (Athens to Rome). That country is presently ruined. A government of puppets rules over a wretched land that is partly occupied and incapable of exploiting its own natural resources without direct permission ...

This Administration is Stuck and can’t Get Up 

The Biden administration is struggling what to do next in the Middle East mud. At its early days in office, both in the White House and at Foggy Bottom, the Biden team dubbed MBS a pariah while the Houthis were taken off the terrorists’ list. Netanyahu was sidelined but, the Mullahs in Teheran were given a red-carpet treatment, albeit through the backdoor, by a specially dispatched valet named, Robert Malley. China was s...