Ramzi’s blog

Friends, please check this interesting and diversified blog by Ramzi Mabsout. You may find that he is not the narrow political commentator I am which is always fine. From Conrad’s extracts to innocent feelings of fear when one mentions Michel Aoun, Ramzi’s blog takes you back and forth over many subjects. Here you have it: […]

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GCC meeting

There is still a minimum of diplomacy in the Middle East judging from the lastest GCC meeting. As reported by Reuters: U.S.-allied Gulf Arab leaders called on Monday for a nuclear weapons-free Middle East, but singled out only Israel, not Iran, despite having voiced alarm at Tehran’s nuclear ambitions during their two-day meeting.In a final […]

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The lessons of history

Is this ironic or what. The same day Gebran Tueni was assassinated (or one day after), amidst charges and pressures held against Syrians, a US-Syrian team excavated one of the first war-zones of history. The ruining of this Mesopotamian city was qualified by one scientist as a “shock and awe in the 4th millennium BC” […]

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Political advocacy European style

I sometime wonder what these ‘think tanks’ are worth, judging from the inflated salaries their “scholars” get. Especially when they look moderate and all. It seems that ICG called: on Beirut to coordinate efforts with donor nations to rebuild southern Lebanon and consult with the various Lebanese factions on how to implement Resolution 1559, which […]

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Meanwhile back in Washington

Some weird stuff is happening in davidovich’s homeland: Israeli sued in Washington (JTA Daily Briefing) A former Israeli military chief of staff was sued over his alleged role in the killing of more than 100 Lebanese civilians in 1996. Someone tried to hand Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya’alon an envelope Thursday at the Washington Institute for […]

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More depressing news…

Having dabbled — fumbled is probably more apt — in the newspaper business, I cannot for the life of me imagine how an editor could print this Scary, very scary. Things like this bring out my inner conspiracy theorist, which cannot be good.

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oil for guns

What a wonderful world it can be for people that have found a common language to speak: KHARTOUM, Sudan, Dec. 8 (UPI) — China has become the top supplier of fighter-bombers to Sudan’s Muslim regime, whose attacks on Christian rebels in the south have made Khartoum notorious. Sudan’s air force recently bought $100 million worth […]

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